Our Farm » Farm Management Practices
Our farm is located in the mountains west of the North Thompson River, near the small town of Little Fort. The water used by the farm comes from high up in the mountains, as well as from various springs found on the property. This ensures a natural environment which is well-suited to grow a healthy, vigorous trout. The farm is mostly land-based, utilizing existing water sources, involving a hatchery and grow-out ponds. We adhere to strict governmental guidelines and regulations, and are engaged in an ongoing lake study with an accredited biologist to ensure minimal impact and maximum protection of the water and the land surrounding the farm.
Our trout are fed a commercial trout feed of the highest quality and standards available, made with sustainable ingredients such as protein obtained from by-products of other sustainable fisheries and is classed as an organic trout diet. It is chemical-free, and there are NO antibiotics or growth hormones used. We raise our trout as naturally as possible, with an abundant supply of oxygen-rich water and room to swim. This encourages a happy, healthy trout, promoting good growth and feed conversions.
There has been a trout farm operating on this property for over 40 years, without adverse environmental effect. In fact, as a result of aerated water flowing through the farm in the winter, high quality, oxygenated water is delivered to the wild fish in the lake when the water would otherwise be naturally lower in oxygen, giving the wild fish an added advantage for winter survival. As the water flows through the farm, solids from the fish are filtered out in settling ponds located in strategic areas throughout the system, removing any solids build-up in the environment.
As well, throughout the years, we have worked hard to encourage other watershed users, such as the Ministry of Forests and forest companies, to pay special attention to the environmental impact of their forest practices upon the local watershed. Working together in such a manner helps to preserve a healthy and robust ecosystem, upon which our farm depends.