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Our Local, Ontario Farmers: Trick’s Creek | NIKU Farms

July 18, 2022

Trick’s Creek Farm is one of our newer partner farms where subscribers can purchase their grass-fed, pasture-raised beef and chicken. But what do you know about the farm?

We’re all about showing customers exactly where their food is coming from, so we’re here to tell you a little bit more about Trick’s Creek and how they run their local, Ontario farm.

The Trick family bought the farm in 1873 and used the water-powered mill for energy until the 1940s. Their mill still supplies hydro power to the farm today – half of the farm is off the grid! Around 2010, the farm transitioned to fully hands-on certified organic cropping and livestock.

Now the farm is run by Tom and Cherylin Trick, and their three children.

Farmer Tom Trick petting one of his cows on pasture.

What makes the farm unique?

All of the farm’s cropping is fully organic and grown for direct, human consumption. They raise their chickens free range for meat and eggs, and only use organic feed for their animals!

Half of the Tricks’ farm property is forested, or made up of wetlands and ponds, which means high biodiversity for all of the species living there.

They use lumber from their own trees thanks to their water-powered wood mill that’s been in use since 1853 to power the property! Their homegrown wood eliminates the need for electricity or household heating in the winter.

Water-powered wood mill next to a river in a forested area.

How is the farm sustainable?

Tricks Creek Farm is fully organic – no pesticides, no synthetic fertilizers or GMO plants to be found. Their animals graze in the pastures to balance the health of both the soil and the animals; the goal is to be as regenerative as possible.

Their cattle grazes outdoors all year long, which helps keep the manure in the field where it belongs and avoids wasting energy to move it around the fields. The fresh air results in better health for the cattle, seeing as how they aren’t cooped up inside with high moisture and low air quality.

These cattle aren’t fed grain. Both the cattle and beef easter reap the benefits of their grass-only diet!

Two black cows on pasture surrounded by many other cattle in the background.

Why do Tom and his family love what they do?

Tom and his family love to be able to run a moral and ethical farm. They’re passionate about raising animals the way they do – feeding them a high-quality diet, regardless of the cost to ensure cattle and human health.

They are dedicated and love being able to stand behind the quality of their meat products.

Learn more about Trick’s Creek, or check out the meat products you can order from their farm!