We are the Doherty’s, we moved out to the Wildwood area in the spring of 2016, and established Stonepost Farms. Our vision for the farm was to have a farm that could support our family which is why Stonepost Farms carries such a diverse line of products. We share a passion for the outdoors, the ability to produce our own food in a natural and healthy fashion, and sustainability of the land. We hope to pass these values down to the next generation of farmers, which includes our kids.
Stonepost Farms’ mission is to farm ethically, to produce nutrient dense food using ethical and regenerative farming practices that are both economically viable and sustainable for future generations.
As a small family farm we pride ourselves in constantly striving to produce the best products possible while improving the land in the process. As small producers, every dollar you spend has an impact. We want to provide you with quality products at a fair price that you can feel good about.
We focus on regenerative farming techniques, going beyond sustainability. Regenerative farming is a holistic approach to farming which allows us to better our land and the soils on which everything on the farm revolves around. Maintaining and increasing biodiversity across our farm is also critical. Our farm already has diverse populations of birds, bees and insects which benefit the farm as a whole and make it a healthier landscape.
We continually seek new opportunities to learn and adopt new best management practices, techniques and technologies. This allows us to better operate our farm and return the land and environment to a more natural state.
“When we talk about land, land is part of who we are. It’s a mixture of our blood, our past, our current, and our future. We carry our ancestors in us, and they’re around us. As you all do.” Mary Lyons (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe)
We would like to acknowledge the longstanding history of the land we now reside and to understand our role on the current landscape. Stonepost Farms resides on the traditional lands of the Cree, Michif Piyii (Mētis), Tsuu T'ina and Stoney; to the north the Kelly Lake Mētis Settlement Society.; to the east the Niitsipiis-stahkoii (Blackfoot/Niitsitapi); to the south the traditional lands of the ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐤ ᐊᐢᑭᕀ Nêhiyaw-Askiy (Plains Cree); and to the west the Asebuwuche Winewak. The languages of these territories includes but is not limited to ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ (Nēhiyawēwin) Plains Cree, ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ (Nēhiyawēwin), and Nakota ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ (Nēhiyawēwin); to the southeast is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe). In 1876, with colonization, Treaty No.6 was signed which encompasses these territories; it was signed on August 23, 1876 at Fort Carlton in Saskatchewan and stretches from western Alberta, through Saskatchewan and into Manitoba; including 50 First Nations. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that Stonepost Farms is located on the traditional territories of the peoples of Treaty 6 and the Metis Settlements and Metis Nation of Alberta, Regions 2, 3 and 4.
Our farm land is cleared and mostly consists of pasture, it was traditional forested but was long ago cleared with some of the first non-indigenous settlers to the area. These lands were unfairly taken away from its stewards and its peoples forced to what are referred to as reservations with defined boundaries. The traditional lands on which we now reside and the larger area around us was used for but were not limited to hunting, fishing, trapping, harvesting of plants including berries and herbal medicines, as well as ceremonial uses. Although we are not able to turn back time, it is our intention to learn from these stewards, to seek knowledge on how to do better by the land on which we are on, and to share what we have learned.
We know we are privileged and we are here to learn and grow, to understand what our role is. We believe it is important to understand the past, we know we cannot go back and correct history, but we can acknowledge that what was done was not right and can seek to help mend and build a resilient community where we are all treated equally, where we can learn from each other, to honour each other. We recognize our many blessings.
We feel so fortunate to be here, on traditional treaty 6 land, growing and learning from this land and all she has to offer. We give honor, respect, and dignity to our lands everyday and our only hope is to give back. We at Stonepost Farms hope we can change the future through continuous learning, listening, and sharing. We welcome anyone to come visit; share your stories, we love to hear from you.
The fantastic crew at Stonepost Farms
Here is a list of other amazing businesses!
Blue Ridge Farms - Blue Ridge, AB: Grass-fed meat (beef, pork, chicken & turkey, free range eggs). https://blueridgefarms.ca/
Backwoods Buffalo Ranch - Mayerthorpe, AB: Homegrown everything. https://backwoodsbuffalo.com/
Wild Country Gardens - Wildwood, AB: Homemade preserves, herbal teas, cosmetics, slippers. https://www.wildcountrygardens.ca/
Leaman Exchange - Wildwood, AB: https://www.leamanexchange.com/
Memory Lane - Wildwood, AB: Tea house & gift shop. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010852571368
Violet Gardens & Greenhouse - Wildwood, AB: Garden center, U-Pick pumpkins. https://www.violetgardensgreenhouse.com/
Squirrel House Designs - Onoway, AB: Ranch sweaters, wild rags, pincushions, functional wood products. https://www.facebook.com/Squirrel-House-Designs-1743914049162433
Black Diamond Distillery - St. Albert, AB: Craft distillery. https://blackdiamonddistillery.square.site/
Meuwly's Artisan Food Market - Edmonton, AB: Charcuterie, sausages, cured & smoked deli meat, pickles, condiments, fermented foods, preserves, cheese. https://www.meuwlys.com/
Steve & Dan's BC Fruit - Edmonton, AB: BC Fruit, Ab grown vegetables. https://steveanddansonlinemarket.ca/
Know any other great local businesses? Let us know and we will add them!
Here we answer some of the most commonly asked questions (we will continually add to this too!)
Are you organic?
In short, no - we are NOT certified organic BUT...We use many organic principles, and although we are not certified, many of the different areas of our farm could be considered organic should we go through the certification process. Our pastures, gardens and beef meet organic standards. The only areas we are not organic are in the grains we feed out poultry and our pigs. The grains we source from local farmers, and have them custom blended to meet our animals nutritional needs. Farmer Becky also sits as one of the board members of organic Alberta, as well as some of our closest peers/friends are organic.
Why are your products so expensive?
We get asked this one A LOT. For one, we focus on quality of what we put into our animals or gardens. We also ensure that when we process we are getting a quality products back and support local. When you are a small producer, you are not privy to discounts and subsidies bigger operations get as they can move volume. And bottom line, we have to be able to make a living. We spend a lot of effort analyzing cost breakdowns as well as researching pricing to find the optimal pricing for us. Every dollar you spend with us, goes right back into our LOCAL economy.
Why are the egg shells different colours and sizes, and why do the yolks change colour?
We run about a dozen different breeds of laying chickens. The different breeds are what determine the different colours of shells and have some effect on size but that can change chicken to chicken. The green eggs for instance are from a Ameraucana . The yolks change colour with the seasons as it is largely dependent on the environment and diet. In the summer, the yolks are a rich yellow almost orange colour due to being out in the sun, eating grasses, bugs, etc. In the winter, the yolks are a bright yellow as they are inside more, less sunlight, and instead of grass and bugs they have stray and hay.
What does Grass-fed and Grass-finished mean?
Grass-fed means that beef has eaten grass majority of their lives, almost all beef could be considered grass-fed even though it has been grain-finished. Grass-finished however means that beef has been raised their entire life on grass, and grain has not been fed at all. There are caveats such as sprouted barley can still be fed to grass-finished beef; this is where is important you know where your food comes from, and ask questions.