Ferme d'ORée Farm

Our philosophy

Owners Sarah Hui & Gert, Rosalie & Camille Janssens

We are going much further than

No antibiotics
No growth hormones

Our farm is
Grass-based and local!

Our vocation is to model our farm to the romantic idea of a picturesque family farm where animals and people live a good life. This is in stark contrast to the reality of modern agriculture. The privilege of breathing the country air, working the land and caring for our animals is our reward for hard work under difficult conditions and otherwise unprofitable investment. Even though we know some fantastic farmers with industrial (family) farms, it is not what we are about.

Environmental agriculture is based on the principle that you are what you eat.
This goes much further than no chemical fertilizers, preventative antibiotics or growth hormones

Good food is natural food. Nature is our template. We let animals be animals. Our animals live outside as much as possible. Herbivores have evolved to eat grass - not grain, pigs have a strong desire to root. Sunshine, fresh air, hygienic living conditions and a natural diet make for happy animals that rarely get sick and do not need preventative antibiotics.

Good food comes from a diversified farm. Nature is resilient because of diversity. In a sense, we try to create a balanced ecosystem rather than using chemical fertilizer as a crutch for a depleted soil. Since we feed very little grain, almost all our land is both pasture and hayfield. This is much better for the soil.

Good food is seasonal food. We follow the rhythm of nature as much as we can.

Good food is slow food. With more exercise, less grain and no steroids, hormones or chemical food additives, our animals grow slower. That results in lean meat, yellow fat, and more taste. What is healthy for animals is healthy for you!

Good food is local food. Reducing transportation is better for the animals and the environment. Local food means that more money stays in our community. We sure prefer a local abattoir over a huge one. Local food encourages openness and a relationship between consumer and farmer based on trust. Local food forces farms to stay relatively small. We think that that is essential in what we do. Small is beautiful...

Good food is social food. Our food has no hidden social costs. We do not cause pollution and we do not exploit people. We try to keep our prices reasonable.

Good food is family-friendly food. Environmental farming is not just our job, it is our vocation! Our kids take pride in our farm. We hope to create a little paradise they will always return to.

Good food is community supported food. Rural communities are having a hard time as many young people leave in search for better jobs in the city. We discovered that most of our neighbours and clients in city and country alike, are really cool and resourceful people. Nothing is more encouraging than your support. We love living here and we hope to contribute to the development of our region.

Good food is not just food. In our consumption and production decisions, we chose what kind of world we want to live in. We want you to enjoy our products as you cook and eat a good, healthy and guilt-free meal together!

Environmental agriculture is grass-based farming that nurtures the original philosophy of the organic, bio-dynamic and permaculture movements. We are not certified organic. Industrial agriculture -even if it is organic - thrives on cheap grain and cheap fossil fuels. It produces cheap commodities for global markets.

Welcome to Ferme d'ORée Farm

We produce salad bar beef, woodlot pork, pastured lamb, unpasteurized honey and pastured eggs on our family farm. We practice environmental agriculture and we sell directly to the consumer. We aim for the highest quality, the best in animal welfare and the highest environnemental standards. As our clients, including some specialized butchers and upscale restaurants in Montréal can testify, you have not tasted real pork, beef, lamb, honey or eggs until you have tried ours!

Our focus on quality includes selection of the best genetics, an emphasis on animal welfare, diets that are custom formulated to enhance taste, an adequate growth rate and timely, clean and professional processing that include appropriate dry-aging.
Since we can only guarantee quality if all animals are born on our farm, we had to commit to year-round production!

Our environmental and animal welfare commitments are based on deep bedding in winter and intensive pasture rotations in summer. A mudlot adjacent to the barn (the organic standard) does not only stink, it also is the worst place for animals to live.

We are proud to say that we work together with the very best. It is a joy to work with farms such as Truffe et cie, Ferme Malvibois and the Ferme Rose des Vents, that share our concerns for quality and animal welfare.

We produce good food that heals the planet and its people,
one bite at a time.

Yet, we do not want to market our products by making you scared for your health, by attacking conventional farmers or by telling you unsubstantiated stories. We believe that food can be experienced in a much more positive way. We want to emphasize the quality of our products and our production methods. All we want is for you to have a great time preparing and sharing our food!

How does it work?

It is easy! Go to delivery options to see when and where we deliver and look at our products and prices. When you are ready, you can order online via the link place an order.
We will send you a confirmation email with the exact amount on the day of the delivery. Please pay per cheque or cash on delivery, or by Interac before the delivery. We can accept VISA too, but that is quite costly for us. Note that the Coop La Maison Verte only accepts cheques.

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You are what you eat

We truly believe that "you are what you eat".
If you are new here, we hope that you too will endorse environmental agriculture and that we will see you soon at d'ORée farm!

Gert, Sarah, Rosalie & Camille

Did you know that...
... the d’ORée farm started as a dream in 2000, somewhere between Nepal and Mexico; A dream that sprang from a desire to live an honest life in harmony with nature and a desire to cultivate the soil while nurturing relationships with family and community.
... l'ORée means (forest) edge. Forest edges attract the greatest ecological diversity. We hope that our farm can also function as a cultural edge and attract people from country and city alike.