In 2019, Kim and Paul left busy careers, sold the city house and moved to a farm near Portland. Neither had any farming aspirations or prior knowledge about raising sheep, cattle or goats. Yet, their imagination ran wild at seeing empty pastures and SunnyFarm was born on April 6, 2020, when they welcomed their 1st flock of 12 ewes with 15 lambs and 2 livestock guardian puppies and life hasn’t been the same since. Soon came two jersey cows and a few bottle calves. Things got even more exciting when they sold the sheep and most of the cattle to herd dairy goats that challenge us mentally and physically, every day. YouTube, close neighbours and experts at the Perth Veterinary Clinic have become our go to fountain of knowledge as we climb the steep learning curve of farming.
Little did we know that our move was part of a broader trend and that others share the same passion for a peaceful rural life style. In fact, we hear first hand from our Guests who stay with us how supportive they are of farming and of our growing Agri-tourism business that provides short-term stays to folks searching for a different experience, like meeting friendly dairy goats that produce the most amazing milk. As consumers they also recognize the value of locally grown food, without the use of hormones, pesticides or chemical fertilizers. At SunnyFarm animals and forage grow at the rate intended by Mother Nature and that is quite ok with us.
If you are interested in a farm stay to meet a few goats and or learn a little about farming, then don't hesitate to reach out through this website or this link to our Airbnb listing: https://airbnb.com/h/room3-in-rideau-lakes.
As stewards of this land and the animals who share it with us, we take our role of growing good food seriously and look forward to meeting you in the near future.
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