We are a small urban poultry farm in the ALR in Kamloops.
It is our aim to be an example of making a sustainable living from small parcels of farm land.
Tricia Sullivan and Leo Lindinger have made their home at Sullindeo Farm since September 2005. Leo as a Geologist had a requirement for space for his business, both in office, shop, and space for outdoor equipment.
As a landscape designer/installer Tricia found an exciting project in the resurrection, and rejuvenation of the existing landscape material. In doing so there have been many transformations in the landscape and use of land. Always an avid organic gardener, Tricia has created a biodiverse landscape with many evergreens, deciduous and fruit trees with the accompanying shrubs and all season floral displays for the benefit of both humans and the bird and insect worlds.
The many years of composted vegetation and the wonderful addition of poultry and sheep manure has enriched of the garden soil. We grow enough organic vegetables and fruits to keep a good supply from harvest to the next planting season, which is our goal of self-sustainability. And in some years take our produce to Farmer’s Market.
Food production within the City of Kamloops in Agricultural Land Reserve is our philosophy and goal.
ANIMAL MANAGEMENT & CARE PHILOSOPHY
As an urban farm, we provide organic pasture raised chickens and turkeys. As our birds are grazed on the pastures, they get about 15-20% of their diet from the grass and forage (other plants) and get additional vitamins and protein from eating insects. The majority of their diet is from non-GMO grains and oilseeds but they obviously enjoy eating the live plants and insects as they shelter from the sun under fruit trees and shrubs.
ANIMAL MANAGEMENT & CARE PHILOSOPHY
Our sheep are very important to us. Humane treatment is utmost for all animals we care for. We do not have herding dogs or extensive handling systems; thus we choose to enlist the animals trust when moving and processing them. Stress levels are kept to a minimum.
We chose a hair sheep breed, the Katahdin/ Dorper cross because they are gentle, good mothers, self-shedding, so we don’t shave, shear or tail dock. They have 23% less fat, and little lanolin (as produced in wool sheep), so their carcass is lean and meaty without a gamey or strong flavour or odour, resulting in a full delicious flavour with a fine texture. Our pastures and paddocks are kept free of twine, sharp tools, equipment, debris etc. That way we minimize the potential for injury to animals and humans. All hay is stored dry and has zero mold. We want our animals to eat because the food is good, not because that’s all the food they have. Water troughs are cleaned often. We have observed that animals consume more water when it is fresh and clean and we all know how important water consumption is. Lambs are raised on natural pasture and Momma’s milk. Lamb creep is available from birth to weaning but very little is consumed. Daily paddock and pasture checks are done to ensure that changes in behaviours are quickly identified and consequently possible health issues are dealt with in a timely manner. We treat our sheep with a great deal of respect for their service as dams and sires for the income they bring to the farm. They, in turn, stay healthy and produce excellent lambs.
Our birds are raised naturally on organic grass pastures, under fruit trees. They hunt bugs in the shrubs and trees and shelter there in the shade. They are fed a non-medicated and non-GMO grain produced in BC. In late summer and fall, the turkeys also glean from the gardens. Sullindeo Farm has their poultry processed in government inspected facilities, and it is ready for cooking or freezer.
A PROUD SUPPORTER AND HOST OF WWOOF CANADA
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a global network and community that advocates and encourages the awareness of ecological farming practices. This is done by connecting organic farmers and growers (as hosts) with volunteers who are enthusiastic about being educated in organic farming while lending helping hands to their hosts.
Sullindeo Farm is a proud host of WWOOFers, and happily welcomes visitors from all over the world every year through WWOOF Canada.
To learn more, visit wwoof.ca