Nestled against a mountain backdrop in Spallumcheen BC, Fresh Valley Farms is a Certified Organic farm (NOOA Cert #04-346) made up of two quarter sections. Steve Meggait and his partner, Annelise Grube-Cavers, raise 100% grass-fed, and finished, beef; certified organic, pasture-raised, chicken and turkey; as well as heritage pork.
The farm uses all natural, regenerative systems, with an emphasis on animal welfare. Steve and Annelise are committed to being responsible stewards of the land, fostering biodiversity and extensive habitats throughout the farm, and in conjunction with raising pasture-raised livestock. All of the feed brought on to the farm is certified organic, and much of it is locally grown, while the beef are fed exclusively on forage and pasture (grass and alfalfa) grown on the farm. The pasture-raised poultry has been certified organic since May, 2020, and the pork is transitional-organic, with the first certified organic pork being finished in November, 2020. The beef is also transitional-organic, and will be certified organic in 2021. While the land has always been managed without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, Annelise and Steve felt the need to fully align with their principles and certify the land and livestock.
All of the animals at Fresh Valley Farms have ample access to pasture, and areas to forage, to explore, and to exercise their natural behaviours whether that be rooting, scratching, or moving together as a herd.
Farming with nature is an important part of how nutrient-dense, pasture-raised meats are produced on this farm while maintaining habitats for wild fauna, and improving plant diversity. This means frequently rotating animals through pasture, preventing over-grazing, and ensuring that pigs, and cattle have access to a range of space, including shady wooded areas in summer, and shelter against rain or snow in the cooler months.
With their two young children in tow you will find Steve and Annelise working on various farm projects, always with a focus on sustainability and feeding the local community. Steve also volunteers on several agricultural committees, and Annelise enjoys doing food-systems research, and has contributed to studies by Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
To keep up with the day-to-day activities on the farm follow along on instagram or facebook. There are photos and stories of farming, along with culinary inspiration from the farmers' own kitchen adventures!