Ferme d'ORée Farm

Our philosophy

Owners Sarah Hui & Gert, Rosalie & Camille Janssens

We are going much further than

No antibiotics
No growth hormones

Our farm is
Grass-based and local!

Our vocation is to model our farm to the romantic idea of a picturesque family farm where animals and people live a good life. This is in stark contrast to the reality of modern agriculture. The privilege of breathing the country air, working the land and caring for our animals is our reward for hard work under difficult conditions and otherwise unprofitable investment. Even though we know some fantastic farmers with industrial (family) farms, it is not what we are about.

Environmental agriculture is based on the principle that you are what you eat.
This goes much further than no chemical fertilizers, preventative antibiotics or growth hormones

Good food is natural food. Nature is our template. We let animals be animals. Our animals live outside as much as possible. Herbivores have evolved to eat grass - not grain, pigs have a strong desire to root. Sunshine, fresh air, hygienic living conditions and a natural diet make for happy animals that rarely get sick and do not need preventative antibiotics.

Good food comes from a diversified farm. Nature is resilient because of diversity. In a sense, we try to create a balanced ecosystem rather than using chemical fertilizer as a crutch for a depleted soil. Since we feed very little grain, almost all our land is both pasture and hayfield. This is much better for the soil.

Good food is seasonal food. We follow the rhythm of nature as much as we can.

Good food is slow food. With more exercise, less grain and no steroids, hormones or chemical food additives, our animals grow slower. That results in lean meat, yellow fat, and more taste. What is healthy for animals is healthy for you!

Good food is local food. Reducing transportation is better for the animals and the environment. Local food means that more money stays in our community. We sure prefer a local abattoir over a huge one. Local food encourages openness and a relationship between consumer and farmer based on trust. Local food forces farms to stay relatively small. We think that that is essential in what we do. Small is beautiful...

Good food is social food. Our food has no hidden social costs. We do not cause pollution and we do not exploit people. We try to keep our prices reasonable.

Good food is family-friendly food. Environmental farming is not just our job, it is our vocation! Our kids take pride in our farm. We hope to create a little paradise they will always return to.

Good food is community supported food. Rural communities are having a hard time as many young people leave in search for better jobs in the city. We discovered that most of our neighbours and clients in city and country alike, are really cool and resourceful people. Nothing is more encouraging than your support. We love living here and we hope to contribute to the development of our region.

Good food is not just food. In our consumption and production decisions, we chose what kind of world we want to live in. We want you to enjoy our products as you cook and eat a good, healthy and guilt-free meal together!

Environmental agriculture is grass-based farming that nurtures the original philosophy of the organic, bio-dynamic and permaculture movements. We are not certified organic. Industrial agriculture -even if it is organic - thrives on cheap grain and cheap fossil fuels. It produces cheap commodities for global markets.

Getaway in the woods

After quite the delay, our rustic chalet by a little pond in the middle of the woods is ready!

Disconnect, spot wildlife, go trout fishing or hunting, stroll through the woods, play a board game or dive in our one-acre private pond in the woods.

We are about two hours from Montreal in the heartland of Estrie. The chalet is available year-round and sleeps four people. There is a wood stove, a full bathroom and a kitchen running on propane. We have solar panels for 12V DC current, but no 110V AC electricity. A screened-in porch overlooks a little pond.

Do not expect any luxury! Rather, expect to enjoy complete peace and quiet, swim in the ponds or catch a fish or two if you are here in summer.

Combine your getaway with a visit to the many other attractions of the Haut-Saint-François region, You can either walk or drive to the chalet (1 km) from the farm. Snow may limit car access in the winter.

During hunting season, we reserve our chalet for hunters. Moose, bears, deer, coyotes, grouse, ducks and hare have been successfully hunted here in the past.

Caches are available and we do what we can to attract your prey well before the hunting seasons starts. If you are completely inexperienced, we can ask a biologist/experienced hunter to go with you. Hunting season usually runs between mid-September until the end of November.

We charge $99 per night outside of the hunting season and $149 per night during the hunting season, contact us by phone 819-875-1606 for availability.

Please understand that we are a working farm. We will gladly give you a tour, but this is not a farm vacation. Also, we cannot welcome pets on the farm.