We are Mark and Laura Hoimyr and our children Anna and Jeremy. Our family farm is located near Gladmar, in southern Saskatchewan. We are fortunate to live just a few miles down the road from the farm Mark grew up on, and to work with Mark’s parents, Lyle and Judy.
We understand your desire to know where your food comes from. Like you, we began to question how our food is being raised and to struggle with deciphering the many food and health claims we see every day.
Starting in the early 2000's, we gradually converted all the cropland on our farm to pasture. Reading, attending workshops and spending time on our land helped us understand that healthy soil produces healthy food.
Our vision includes continuing to challenge ourselves to keep learning and to build a landscape that integrates livestock, wildlife and people. Our hope is that the farm will continue to be a place where we want to spend time enjoying the land!
Practices we employ on our farm include managed grazing to keep our fragile soils covered and plants green and growing for as much of the year as possible, as well as bale grazing and year-round grazing to keep our animals out on the land instead of in corrals. We move our cattle often (sometimes every day or even more frequently in early summer) so that we don't overgraze pastures and plants have lots of time to rest and recover. We are planting trees and shrubs and improving the diversity of forage plants we grow so that there is habitat for wildlife on our farm. Studies have shown that "edges" where two different habitats meet have the highest biological diversity, so we are creating these spaces wherever we can.
We work hard to improve the land and environment where we raise our livestock. We raise delicious, real food that you can be proud to feed your family. By supporting us, you are actively participating in regenerating a healthy and thriving ecosystem. We’d love to have you stop by for a visit and see how we do things!
As a farmer, I think we should stop trying to 'educate' consumers, CBC Opinion, Laura Hoimyr
Grass-fed and grass-finished beef growing on Sask. producers, Jenn Sharpe, CBC News
Local farming family a finalist for CCA award, Weyburn Review
New ventures seen as ideal way to expand, The Western Producer
Profits, taxes and succession, Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Connection