About

oh, Hello!

Thank you for stopping by and getting to know us here at Gilly Farm. Feel free to stay a while, poke around, creep the farm and have a laugh or two.

I’m De, the lucky one who gets to run our farm full time. My husband, Greg, has what you would call a “normal” job that funds us and the farm and our many projects along the way.

Six years ago, we scored this 4 acre property for a screaming deal and have slowly been turning it into a thriving little hobby farm ever since. This property was not set up to be a farm, it was just a tiny house on overgrown land. So the first year we cleared land and cleaned up a bunch of garbage that it became almost unrecognisable. We fenced about 3 acres, put in the start of my garden and started to accumulate our animals. From there, we built the mini barn, coop, the shop and extended the garden (which we seem to do every year anyway). And so Gilly Farm was established!

A panoramic view of the garden, and coop 2018. The garden has had two more additions added since.

Gilly Farm all started with a pot bellied pig named Gilly, you can read my first blog post for his story. Since Gilly, we have added 5 more rescued pigs, ducks, bunnies, sheep, donkeys, dogs, cats and chickens to our farm. Most of our animals came with a shitty past and carry life scars with them so I make it my goal to give them as much as I can simply because they are deserving of it.

My earliest and fondest memories are of rehabilitating wildlife and releasing it back into the world. The bleeding heart that I have for animals was instilled early on in me from my mother. I will always speak up for the voiceless and stick my neck out for the defenceless. I’ve ruffled many feathers doing so but I’ve also blazed many trails. The only ones that matter, are the ones in need, the ones that cant ask for help, and the ones that deserve a hell of a lot more then they are getting.

Here on the farm we grow, sell and store some of our organic produce, we sell our beautiful multicoloured free range chicken eggs, store and harvest rainwater collection, beekeeping, dog boarding and training. We try to live simply, minimally and sustainably. We are far from perfect but we are always learning and adopting new ways of doing things. Growing your own food is the most important job (I believe) and it’s the most rewarding. My goals now are to try and grow food through the harsh Canadian winter with limited use of power/hydro. Still working on that one.

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One of the many topics that I am extremely passionate about is FOOD and how we can make ourselves sick by what we eat and we can also reverse disease by what we eat. Food is medicine and that is why I grow a farmacy on my farm. Although I still use a grocery store for some foods, I prefer to have full control over how my food is grown, harvested and stored so that I can reap the benefits and healing powers of it.

Greg and I also spend a lot of our time in the shop building things, working on the truck or fixing equipment. Growing up as tomboy, racing cars and building most of the things I wanted rather then buying them was training me for this lifestyle I’m living today. Greg and I weld, grind and wrench together so I lucked out again when I landed my bestfriend and husband all in one.

So here on the blog, you will see a mix match of everything from animals and animal care to food, health, wood work, metal fab and builds and anything homestead-ish.

Thanks for popping in!

De

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