You check in with Tristan and Aubyn at the markets every other week, and you see and hear lots about all our animals and how we raise them.  But have we told you about our amazing employees? We doubled the amount of food we produced this year, and we couldn’t have done it without a little help from our friends.  In the spirit of this season of gratitude, we’d like to introduce you to our awesome staff, to whom we are exceedingly grateful.

Left to Right: Angela, Sage, Colin the Chicken, Carlos, Tristan, Cedar, Baby Twain, Freya

Cedar and Sage are brothers who live just down the road from us.  They come from a homesteading family, and have been helping us slaughter chickens since they were 12 and 14 years old! Now they are 16 and 18, and they help us with poultry processing and so much more.  They do all the pasture irrigation during the summer, fill in on chores when we are away, help move animals around the farm, and even chip in on farmhouse renos.  They are super handy in the workshop, welding up broken parts, repairing engines and building new livestock infrastructure.  This year Sage is graduating high school and will move on to studying electrical trades in Kamloops, but we hope to hang on to Cedar for a couple more years, or maybe even turn him into a permanent Spray Creek farmer.  Thank you Cedar and Sage!

Angela is the incredible mother of Sage and Cedar.  She is a first-class homesteader who raises chickens, turkeys, pigs, sheep, rabbits and ducks, grows the most amazing garden you have ever seen, and makes beautiful art and food.  We love her.  Between nurturing her homestead, being creative, raising three boys, and working a couple other jobs, she’s a pretty busy lady.  This year, we were lucky enough to employ her experienced hands in the meat shop for chicken and turkey slaughter.  Plus, she literally created two of our other employees!  Thank you Angela!

Freya and Carlos are our first full-time employees, and they arrived just in time for our busiest year yet.  Freya, who grew up in Kelowna, is close to graduating from the Applied Sustainable Ranching Program at Thompson Rivers University, and Carlos, hailing from León Mexico, is a student at UBC and former TRU Ranching student as well.  These two were involved in every part of the ranch this summer, from food photography and researching online sales platforms to chasing escaped piglets and herding cattle in the rain.  They had primary responsibility for each of the livestock enterprises on a day-to-day basis.  They worked full, long days all spring, summer, and fall, and we couldn’t have done it without them.  They are finishing their season with us at the end of October, and we will miss them so!  Especially Carlos’ contagious positivity (whoo!) and Freya’s delicious cooking (chicken poppers!).  They are hard workers who always went the distance to get the job done.  Thank you Carlos and Freya!