- Video #1 Watch Time = 4 1/4 minutes
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When settlers first came to Manitoulin Island, Canada – the place where I live – they had to be careful when they chose and cleared land for farming. Manitoulin has pockets of good, deep soil but these areas are also surrounded by zones of unfarmable thin soils over limestone bedrock. All in all, I’d say that less than 20% of the island is farmable. The property where we live has good soil that’s some of the closest to the south shore of the Island, and it’s where we graze cattle and help to produce grass-fed beef for direct sales to customers and speciality butcher shops. We work with some farmer friends who created their own niche brand called Pure Island Beef that you can see here.
I’ve been spending time in our fields lately working on fences and clearing encroaching brush, and thought you’d like to see what my fields look like from above. Click below for an aerial video tour of our pastures, the forest that surrounds them, and a view of the big water of Lake Huron.
Click below for a close-up view of a section of the traditional cedar rail fences that run around our place.
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