Living outside the box is not easy, especially in Alberta. In a livestock industry that is focused on the intensification of agriculture, we are definitely swimming upstream. Lots of metaphors I know, but it’s been tough and continues to be a real struggle for us. When we decided to take our program to the next level and build our own small on-farm processing facilities to ensure our animals were treated with the utmost respect at slaughter, we knew it would be difficult. We mortgaged everything we own to do this and convincing bankers and industry that we are worthy of their support is taking its toll. This is because everything we do is so different that they can’t seem to wrap their minds around it. There are no models that exist they can compare us to and this makes them nervous, even though we are meeting all of our financial obligations. It’s been one year since we opened our facilities and we hope the worst of our start-up challenges are behind us, but we’ll see.
We couldn’t have gotten this far without the wonderful support of our customers and for this we are truly thankful. I have been considering a crowd-funding campaign to build a community supported future for our business and I am very open to your suggestions. Let me know your thoughts.
Our hens are out on grass and enjoying the sunshine! Our soy-free eggs are available at our regular pick-up locations. $8/doz for extra large, $7/doz for large, and $6/doz for medium. They are in short supply; sorry! We have purchased more hens to try and increase production so please be patient and thanks!
Experience the breathtaking beauty of TK Ranch by following my husband Dylan’s photos on Instagram. He updates the site almost daily so you can keep in touch with what is happening here. We hope to develop calendars and sell framed prints in the future — so please stay tuned.