Prairie Wild

Prairie Wild is a sustainable orchard and produce farm located in southern Manitoba, founded on the principle of holistic small-scale agriculture, and operated by Riley and Karli Friesen.

This exciting initiative will enhance the culinary experience at Churchill Wild’s lodges and bring an enhanced level of innovation and freshness to our tables.

If you live in or near Kleefeld, Steinbach or Grunthal, Manitoba, you can partake in our delicious weekly harvests! Each week, we’ll send out an email with a list of what’s available for purchase (sign up below).

You can pick up your order directly from the farm or at the following locations:

Kleefeld Farm – Thursday or Friday between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Grunthal, MB – Fridays at 12:00 pm
Oakridge Garden Centre – Fridays at 1:30 pm

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A Holistic Approach

We believe in whole system health starting from the soil up. We aspire to work with the microorganisms, pollinators, and creatures that call our workplace home to establish a farming approach that is sustainable and self-healing. We are committed to making growing decisions that benefit our health, and in turn, yours. How are we doing this?

  • Designing no-till raised garden beds and using generous layers of wood mulch to enhance soil health by distributing moisture more evenly and keeping weeds at a minimum
  • Choosing crops that support each other by adhering to permaculture and crop diversity practices which naturally improving system health and yields
  • Using fertilizers consisting of local compost, fish hydrolysate and seaweed harvested from the very shores of the Hudson Bay that boost our system’s immune response by combatting pests and diseases and eliminating the need for chemical interventions

Sustainability Commitment

The bulk of our harvest will be shipped to Churchill Wild’s ecolodges on the coast of Hudson Bay and consumed by guests from around the world. We are constantly improving the efficiency of our processes and recyclability of our packaging. We use cardboard boxes in place of plastic bags, washable jars instead of tin cans, and reusable tote bags coolers for packaging orders—all of which are impeccably sanitized.

As much as possible, we grow produce on site at Churchill Wild’s lodges. Though growing in the subarctic is a challenge, to date, we’ve had success with herbs, tomatoes and rhubarb. We are northern harvesters at heart and what we grow in our greenhouses compliments the bushels of wild blueberries, cloudberries and cranberries handpicked on the tundra each year.

We strive to embody sustainability in its truest form and our practices reflect that:

  • Heat sink water barrels absorb daytime heat to be released into the greenhouses at night, reducing the need for electric heat
  • Any lost produce gets tilled back in, composting and feeding the system
  • Reusable exclusion netting keeps pests off plants and eliminates the need for any sprays

Community Benefit

According to National Geographic, 75% of the world’s food is comprised of just 17 species—12 plant and five animal—which is the result of large-scale agriculture. Small-scale farming has been proven to boost overall biodiversity, an outcome we’re eager to support with our family-run operation.

We also believe that everyone should have access to high quality produce grown without pesticides and our prices reflect that principle. We have put aside a significant part of our harvest to sell to local grocers and through CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscriptions. Though our produce will make many adventures north, we remain grounded in our southern roots.

We are committed to establishing relationships with local community food support organizations, extending the health benefits of produce grown without pesticides to those in our communities who may not otherwise have the opportunity.

We are proud to be a small business with the ability to create jobs and volunteer opportunities and are grateful for our community’s support!

Wherever your travels take you, grow well!

Prairie Wild