Icebox Flats is a family-owned sustainable farm north of Colville, Washington and just south of Trail, BC. We raise a range of livestock including; 100% grassfed cattle, woodlot pork,pastured sheep, free-range layers and pastured poultry. Our cattle are not fed grain and never given hormones, antibiotics or chemical wormers. During the winter they enjoy local grass and alfalfa hay with no synthetic herbicides or fertilizers. Our laying hens are free-range during the pasture season and spend the winter enjoying deep bedding in our hoophouse.  IMG 1310 Steers 4X6
DSCF1070-PasturedPoultry8-16 Our land was mostly a fallow pasture used last about 15 years ago for rangeland, grass hay and some oat production. We rotate the cattle to fertilize and give the soil life rest and time to do its job after the hooves have passed. The cattle are fed hay on areas of the pasture that need additional organic matter through the winter. Our pasture is subirrigated from the mountain springs above us. Natural plants are allowed to flower to encourage beneficial insects and we plant trees to encourage the birds. Buffers and wooded areas are maintained for wildlife as well.
Our cattle are rotated every few days to fresh pasture using portable electric fence. They usually know when it's time to go, once we give them a whistle they just follow us to the next paddock, pretty low-stress for them and for us. The pasture has no chemicals applied to it and all of our winter hay is chemical and GMO free. We usually cut some portion of our pastures during the season to keep it growing well and make about half of our own hay. P8313362 SamCrop-72
PB064182-web-4X6-72 Between the two of us we build fencing and shelter, repair and maintain equipment, do our own hauling, move and feed cattle, sheep, pigs and laying hens, raise and process pastured broilers, design the marketing materials for print and online and try to figure out what it means to plan for and run a small business. Doing that while creating what is becoming a sustainable homestead from almost bare land hasn't been the simple path. Standing in a leaking hay barn in yet another downpour looking at my home that consisted of a 10'X12' plywood room and a barbecue without electricity or running water (besides what was raining on my worldly possessions) during the summer of 2012, I couldn't have told you we'd get this far. Learning what we're capable of, improving the land and watching the animals thrive here has made it so very worth it.

 

 

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