Kune Kunes – Grassfinished pork!

We are proud to welcome the arrival of a very rare and special breed of pig to Canada, the Kune Kune!

Kune Kunes were raised by the Maori in New Zealand and bred to be both friendly and docile, but hardy enough to fatten on forage alone. (Their name means “fat and round!”)

Although we love raising our Berkshire hogs, we do see that even on pasture, most pigs still require grain, and generally speaking, lots of it to fatten.  Ecologically, grassfed animals (such as cattle and lamb) are superior because the fossil fuel requirements to grow grain are not there.  And as grain gets more expensive to produce, so do the animals that need it to grow. We thought….what if it were possible to raise a grassfed pig?

Then we found the Kune Kunes.  In our estimation they are pig perfection and here’s why:

It is the most ecologically responsible pork imaginable.

At the same time, it is delicious: sweet, succulent, well suited to everything from whole pig roasts to charcuterie.  This is a pork as of yet unknown to Canada. Having tasted it abroad, I can tell you that it is special.

What’s more, these little pigs are the most wonderful companions. Many people keep Kunes as pets; they are intelligent and gentle. And whereas a sow or boar of most any other breed will easily surpass 700 lbs, Kune Kunes max out at 200. They are a safe breed for families, for people who want a safe relationship with their animals, and for people looking for self-sufficient meat production.

We believe Kune Kunes are revolutionary from an ecological and culinary perspective and we are excited to offer this rare breed in Canada. If you would like to be one of the first to raise Kune Kunes in Canada, contact us  now! Email Tarrah at

Please note: We are not selling pork, we are selling breeding stock and weaner pigs. If you would like to purchase Kune Kune grassfed pork, we can connect you with Canadian producers as they become available. 

Easter Eggs Au Naturel!

Check out this great article about our hens by Helen Spitzer!  The photos are from CSA member, cookbook author and

photographer extraordinaire, Pat Crocker.

Farming in the Drought of a Lifetime

Everywhere we go, people want to know about the drought and the impact it is having on farmers. I thought I?EUR(TM)d break it down for those of you who are interested in what is almost definitely the most challenging year most farmers have ever faced.
First of all we knew this was going to be a hard season after the mild winter we had, when no snow fell to recharge the water table, and we had no cold snap to kill off pest populations.  Then, spring came, and the heavy rains that come with the change of the season did not come.  And where we are, the rain  hardly fell at all from May to mid August….we seem to be one of those places on the map where the rain clouds always passed us by.   Even though the rain finally fell, so much damage has been done already:

* a poor first cut of hay due to frost in the spring and lack of adequate moisture; and almost no regrowth… so no second cut hay

* dried up pastures forcing farmers to start feeding their winter hay in the summer

* a severe shortage of hay to feed during the winter and little to no hay available for farmers to purchase.  What hay is available has quadrupled in price.

* farmers preparing to sell off livestock as they have no feed to get them through the winter
* vegetable, potato and berry crops drying up along with irrigation ponds;
* vegetable crops not pollinating properly or aborting flowers due to the dry and hot conditions;
* tree fruit crops almost wiped out by spring frosts; and
* corn and soybeans coming into the pollination stage with inadequate moisture in the ground and little chance of fully pollinating.

*On top of this, infestations of pests from warmer climates are occurring in our crops.  Pests which we have never seen before!
I recently read an article explaining how drought affects biological health (that of the soil biology, and herd health), financial health (with loss of crops and rising prices of others), but also, mental health.  This really resonated in me.  It is extremely trying to get up every day (and work in the scorching heat) and wonder what animals you may have to sell off, where you will find hay and how you can ration out little hay and pasture you have so no one goes hungry.  And the question we can?EUR(TM)t get out of our minds is: ?EUR~Is this the new normal??EUR(TM)  Will next year be the same?

Some farmers may receive compensation for their losses from the government through the various insurance programs they pay into .  These programs are not created for small scale diversified operations such as ours, so we can?EUR(TM)t look to the government for help.  We look to our members, to our customers, for their compassion and understanding in times like these.  The link between farmer and eater, which is usually interrupted by a long line of distributors and retailers, is a potent link that allows for a dialogue such as this, when we can connect directly to the people who eat our food.  We have been overwhelmed by the support and concern our customers have shown us, which reminds us that we aren?EUR(TM)t alone.  That goes a long way in the ?EUR~mental health?EUR(TM) department, believe me!

Now the rain has come.  Although we can?EUR(TM)t undo what damage has been done we are ecstatic that the grass has begun to grow again and our veggies are soaking up the moisture.  We will celebrate every rain drop, and I encourage you to remember the farmers behind your food and give thanks for all the abundance in our lives.

Working together

As organic farmers, providing habitat and food for pollinators, beneficial insects and birds is second nature. So is the development of thick windbreaks, to prevent spray drift and soil erosion. This is why Green Being Farm has earned the distinction of being a Bee Friendly farm (see posting below)! But we got to thinking. Nathan and I spend a lot of our own savings on the creation of this haven, something that benefits everyone. After all, bees alone pollinate about 1/3 of all the food crops that we rely on! The health of their colonies is directly tied to our own. And the creation of windbreaks (thick rows of trees and shrubs) does not directly benefit us financially, but serves to stop soil erosion from neighbouring farms, and thus the contamination of ground water with pesticides. It also provides a home for many species of birds. So we put a lot of time and savings into the protection of our resources and wildlife because, as stewards of the land, we feel it is our duty, and our privilege. And it helps us run an ecologically sustainable farm!

What we got to thinking was that, maybe other people who do not have land of their own to protect, would be interested in helping out with this kind of work too. After all, the responsibility to protect water, soil, habitat and wildlife should probably be shared by everyone, not just the farmer.

So! If you would like to be a part of our pollination and naturalization initiative, we invite you to make a small contribution of $10. Think of it as your Earth Day act of kindness for the planet! All funds received will go directly to the purchase of windbreaks and flowering species that serve as food for pollinators. We will of course plant and care for these species with as much love and attention as our own crops. We are not a charity, so we can?EUR(TM)t issue you a tax receipt, but we will share the results of our planting initiative with you so you know what impact your actions are having.

If you?EUR(TM)d like to pitch in, just click here!

Grey Bruce Welcomes First Certified “Bee-Friendly Farm”

Green Being Farm recently became Canada’s 3rd certified Bee-Friendly Farm!  This certification program is run through the Partners for Sustainable Pollination and was brought to Canada through Seeds of Diversity and their Pollination Canada program.  

The goal of the BFF initiative, launched in 2010 – and now in both the U.S. and Canada – is to increase public awareness, recognize agricultural producers who provide forage for honey bees and other pollinators, and encourage consumers to support BFF-certified agricultural producers.

We decided to certify to help increase awareness of the crucial role that bees, and other pollinators play in our food system.  With one third of all the crops we grow dependent on pollinators, it is clear that the ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ being witnessed in honey bees will be a prelude to our own collapse if we don’t take action.

Our way of taking action is to provide an oasis for bees, increasingly important in an agriculture dominated by monocrops, most of which are genetically modified organisms dependent on pesticides.  We do this by producing a diversity of crops organically, and by maintaining stands of flowering forages at all times of the season, to ensure that pollinators are never without a source of nectar or pollen.

Becoming a certified Bee Friendly farm is not difficult and helps to raise awareness about the roles that pollinators play in our food system.  The BFF self-certification process is easy, and it’s open to beekeepers, growers and others that can show they meet bee friendly criteria.  For those who are interested in becoming a Bee Friendly Farmer, or want to learn more about the BFF initiative, take a look at

Moratorium on GM Alfalfa

Hello beloved eaters!

There’s a really important proposal before the agricultural committee that’s being voted on Thursday March the 10th.  The proposal has been put forth by the liberal party and it calls for a moratorium on GM Alfalfa so that we can conduct further study on the issue – something which is lacking and has been lacking since GM was first released world-wide.  Please check out this video that Nathan made to help  raise awareness of the issue.  Following that is his letter to our MP.  Take chunks and use it or just use it for inspiration!

Go to for quick form letters to send off and show your concern!

Nathan’s letter:
“Right Honorable Mr. Miller,
Mr.  Miller I’d like to sincerely thank-you for the opportunity to have a dialogue with you about bill C-474 a few weeks ago.  While we were not able to agree on everything and while I was disappointed with your (and the Conservatives unanimous) vote against the bill I appreciated speaking with you one on one.
I’m writing again about the issue of genetically modified organisms because, as I’m sure you’re well aware, the issue has continued to move forward with the introduction of the proposed moratorium on GE Alfalfa as put forward by Liberal MP Wayne Easter.  I hope that you will vote in favor of this proposal as well as attend the round-table scheduled for Thursday the 10th in Guelph at the Italian Canadian Center from 7-9 pm.
I’m a first generation farmer.  I’m among the most rapidly expanding parts of agriculture in Canada.  As the age of the average farmer continues to climb, as farms continue to disappear under consolidation, as complex industrial-scale operations continue to get the full support of government while at the same time garnering vehement consumer backlash, myself and my colleagues represent change, growth and renewal.  Myself, my growing number of colleagues and the wave of consumers that support us come at agriculture from a new perspective: we see soil-biology, diverse rotations, natural-systems and resiliency as the technology that will drive Canada forward not privately-owned, proprietary, litigious, expensive and secretive technology like genetic modification.

One of that statements that you made when we spoke  – which I really appreciated doing! – still rings in my ear – “Organic cannot feed the world.”  This is provably false and in some ways misses the point.  The promises of GM have been myriad and sweeping – “GM will feed the world, GM will alleviate poverty, GM will solve hunger and malnutrition.”  But not a single one of these promises have come to pass.  In fact the exact opposite is true in most cases.  Please review this recent report, one of the few that have been created by non-industry funded scientists:

I wasn’t all that surprised by your statement though.  When there is scant science from the other side how can you form a proper opinion?  The few studies that have come in are showing a disturbing trend – most of the claims of the bio-tech giants are found false (at worst) and shaky (at best).  From the safety and promised reduced-rate of use of glyphosate to the promise of larger yields, to the effects of genetic-pollution in weeds.  These studies may be preliminary and they may have flaws but the over-all trend is clear:  the assumptions we’ve made about GM must be questioned.

I feel this moratorium is critically important because GM technology has been pushed through governments in a dearth of information.  We have lived with GM crops for 15 years and we still have very little idea what effects it is having on our bodies or that of our environment.  The studies that do exists are sponsored by the same companies that provide the products – how can this level of transparent bias stand?  We need a moratorium.  We NEED independent, strong, non-industry funded studies that the moratorium brings with it.

We’ve allowed Canola, Sugar Beets, Soy, Corn, Papaya and some squash to be released as GM products and GMOs are in almost everything we eat.  Let’s take a step back before we release ANOTHER source of potential harm and take a proper look at what the effects are.  I’m not anti-technology BUT I am against this technology in it’s current form – a form control by monopolistic companies pushing a profit driven agenda.  GM crops as we know them today have had their chance, it’s time to stop putting more fuel on the fire, and to instead take a step-back and see what effects this fire is having on farmers, on natural systems and on consumers.

The Canadian agricultural sector is putting all it’s eggs in one basket – the basket of complex, industrialized agriculture.  I don’t know anyone from stock-brokers, to farmers, to educators that would advise anyone to focus on one strategy at the expensive of all others.  This is not a prudent strategy for any part of society or for life in general.  It leaves you brittle and unable to react to the increasingly complex and fast moving shocks that are hitting our economy.  In fact Canadian agricultural policy has put Canadian’s food system and food sovereignty in extreme jeopardy with it’s singular focus.  GM Alfalfa would undermine some of the few alternative systems we have left.

This moratorium is needed for the above reasons and many more.  I look forward to seeing this proposal pass and seeing the results of what come from it.  Thank-you again for taking the time to correspond with me.  I will continue making sure people know that while we may not share the same views, that you are certainly willing to have an open conversation.”

The wonders of winter

It’s late December and we have been cutting the nicest spinach out of our passive solar greenhouse!

We are committed to doing our best to grow greens to the best of our abilities during the winter- without added heat.  So far we have been able to give our CSA members to arugula and spinach, with more treats to come.

why I love farming

It’s a cold and crisp morning, and I took Lucy for a walk to the back forty- on the way there, the frost was still crunchy thick on the grass, but on our way back, it had given way to heavy dew sparkling in the morning sun.  I then gave the ewes new pasture, and exalted in listening to the still of the morning, the only sounds being the occasional crow of a rooster and the munch munch munch of the sheep, digging in to the nicest pasture I think they have ever known.  Big, indiscriminate mouthfuls of forage, sunlight gone green.  They look up at me while they process each mouthful, long pieces of spaghetti grass vanishing.  Soon they’ll take a break and quietly chew their cud, ruminating on the splendor of this perfect autumn day.

Let’s talk turkey!

Well in about a month many of us will be sitting down with family and friends to a time-honoured tradition of giving thanks, seeing loved ones and eating far too much.  It’s a perfect time to share something special…a Green Being turkey!  What can I say about our turkey except that most people tell us that it’s the best turkey they’ve ever had.  And for good reason- our birds have an existence drastically different to most.  Dare I say different than most organic turkeys even!  That’s because they are raised on pasture, where they have the freedom to run around (ever seen a turkey run?  Terribly awkward…they sort of look like little dinosaurs), eat grass, chase grasshoppers and love life.

Being on pasture gives them the opportunity to forage- in fact about 40% of what a pastured turkey eats is grass!  And that’s why it doesn’t taste anything like the dry, pasty meat that needs a good smothering of gravy to be palatable.  Once you try our turkey, you will wonder why you only ever eat it about twice a year!  We barbecue turkeys all year long.  Nathan and I like to portion up the birds while they’re fresh, and freeze the breasts and thighs separately, so we can have it for sandwich meat, or an easy dinner whenever we want.  So consider getting a few!

Head to our pastured poultry page for ordering information. 


Get your orders in pronto for our out-of-this-world succulent, flavourful….HAPPY chickens!  Our birds are raised outdoors, on pasture, where they can graze and eat bugs in addition to being fed certified organic grain.  Sunshine and green grass means Vitamin D and Omega 3, a nice change from antibiotics, growth promotants, arsenic and who knows what else.

If you find chicken to be a little boring, a little dry, generally in need of sauce or seasoning, you will be blown away when you taste a ‘real’ chicken.  You will find that just a little salt and pepper is all you need to have the best chicken you have ever tasted.

Chicken is only available by pre-order, and costs $4.50/lb.  Send an email to  telling us how many you’d like.  There is a minimum 5 chicken order.  Chicken will be delivered to downtown locations in:

Guelph:  August 4th from 5-7

Toronto:  August 22 from 11:00-1:00.

At the farm any time after July 28th.

Exact details will be given when you order.