Climate Changing. “Work with it”

After receiving hay on the Hottest day in 2021, this time it arrived when the Lowest pressure ever recorded sat off our coast. The “weather bomb” caused ferry cancellations, so our FANTASTIC supplier yet again came the night before, whilst the ferries were still running.

As farmers, we directly experience the changing climate in our daily work in the elements, and what it does to us our crops and our souls.

A great customer and friend, cried with me in the 40C heat and my motto was born out of that moment “Work with it” So we continue putting “climate caring” at the top of our list when it comes to our actions and decisions. We want our grand kids to have a future.

So we do our best to mitigate our own carbon emissions, a second set of solar panels will be making there way onto the barn roof, we grow with nature, helping absorb carbon into the soil not releasing it. Our “big trip ” for a significant birthday will involve a short ferry ride, no flights involved. Lets hope someone in the world can show the leadership we all need to act now!

Turkey time

Wow, Where did September go?

Our beautiful old house is looking very white with the wonderful paint job it got from Frey, of Royal City Painting

The turkeys are growing into a gorgeous harvest, the young chickens [pullets] are producing tons of eggs and….

The horse sale was brilliant, one of the best sales I have been part of in years. Tons of optimism for horse racings’ future.. [I am hoping for a new facility which will respect the commitment of all the horses, trainers and owners involved in an industry I love]

Our two gorgeous girls sold well, with Hip 20 going to BCs leading owners Willow Creek Farm, to whom horses are a passion not a commodity. They take amazing care of their animals as does the trainer of Hip 52 She was bought by new owner Bruce Bean, whose trainer Rob Gilker, is a a leading light on the trainer scene,

Bruce Beans share in Sonja’s Joy Hip 52s’ 1/2 sister, brought us an exciting win on Feb 28th in the 5th race at Fort Erie, thanks to the care and attention of trainer Mary Ann Baumgartner.

White House Stables bred horses have won across Canada this year, with Big Time Louie and Sonja’s Joy in Ontario, and Adrienne’s Aurora representing us in Alberta. B.C. with some lightly raced and unraced competitors [CR Sunrise, Jose Jose, He’s a Saint and Serengeti Sunset ] ready to burst onto the scene in 2022. We are blessed to have fantastic owners and trainers loving and caring for these horses.

“No owner ever committed suicide with an unraced 2yr old in the barn”

such a true and great quote .. we love having a dream

Horse Sale a week away

Excitement builds as the day approaches that the yearlings load into the trailer for the ferry ride and on to Thunderbird Equestrian Show Park in Langley

Hip # 20

Hip #52

These 2 SPECTACULAR fillies are both by the new BC stallion Counterforce. He has to be one of the most regally bred stallions to come to BC, as he’s by Smart Strike, twice leading sire in N America and is a proven sire of sires, including current leading sire by Graded stakes winners, Curlin, as well as top sires English Channel and Looking at Lucky.

Counterforce stamps his babies with great conformation and minds to match. Both mares nicked beautifully, with Chilli Chines rated A++ and Serengeti Sunrise an A

He combined beautifully with our mares, who both have proven themselves capable of producing athletes and champions,

Hip 20 is out of Serengeti Sunrise whose son, Stanz In Command, was champion 2 yr old and Gr3 placed at 3 when he ran 3rd in the BC Derby, leading him to be voted Champion 3 yr old in the BC division.

Hip 52, is out of Chilli Chines, a Champion broodmare whose son Herbie D won the Grade 3 Longacres Mile and was voted Horse of the Year in BC AND Washington. He was a running machine winning 12 times, and continues racing in retirement in his field in Cobble Hill.

Spring has arrived

We are celebrating April with $5 off all our 20kg bags of Step 7 Equine Supplement.. There is lots to celebrate…

Babies have arrived all spring, the latest is by far the best, as we now are grandparents to a little red headed girl called Iris arriving on the eve of Earth Day.Thank you Connie and Cameron for making this dream come true

Norm pictured here with a red head born earlier this year,

Winter Solstice News

We have been operating with the outdoor setting for the last month, as we quickly realized moving indoors removed a safety layer … it’s not worth the risk. We will get through this together and safely!!! Like everyone, we can’t wait to reunite with friends and family, so we continue to do our part now, in the best way we know how.

As this year closes, we want to thank all our customers for their patience and support, what a fantastic community you are!

Final 2 days open in 2020 are

Wednesday Dec 23rd 10.30am – 4.30pm

Thursday Dec 24th 10am – 1pm

This mid week opening will allow everyone to stock the animal larder and xmas stockings…

Hay, Grain, animal bedding and pet treats….

Gifts for the stomachs and backs of your loved ones….

Our pastured turkey, halves at 16 pounds, whole over 30 pounds and a few vacuum packed parts for tiny Covid dinners!!! Also lovely chickens from this year around 5 pounds. Egg availability has improved, with our late summer chicks now starting to lay.

We have some special practical lifetime gifts like smart carts and yellow wheelies to save your partners backs, fencing and gates to protect your partners garden and your ears and the wonderful Amish made brooms, that make cleaning up a delight.

Winter & Covid

After an amazing summer where Covid didn’t take over our lifestyles as much as we had feared [The outdoor wedding did not need cancelling!] we are now taking new steps to do our part to keep the community safe when visiting and shopping at the farm. We have moved the shop back inside to protect people and product from the winter weather, so we will encourage your on line orders and payments, {E mail has it’s upside!] whereby we just load your vehicle and keep human interactions to a minimum. For those coming into the store we require face masks at all times and limit indoor customers to 3. If you have ideas to share please do, as we all want to be able to at least enjoy Xmas with our families….

Chilling out and social distancing in the winter sunshine

October Update

Timothy hay test, Thanksgiving closure, new line of hay cubes, and turkeys ready for the weekend!

The analysis of our new 2nd Cut Washington Timothy is in, you can find it on our hay page here (halfway down the page).

We will be closed Sunday October 12th to enjoy our Thanksgiving turkey – if you haven’t reserved yours yet there are still a few available (give us a call or send an email). Pickups start this Thursday at 1pm.

Lastly, we’ve brought in a secondary branch of hay cubes with an all grass hay option at a very affordable price. Ask for the Summit Forage cubes.

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2nd Cut Timothy Hay is in!

Our hay barn is brimming with gorgeous 2nd Cut Timothy from Washington. These are three string bales weighing 110lbs – hay analysis is pending but the cow test came back overwhelmingly positive.

We also have compressed bales of 2nd Cut Washongton Timothy in stock (65lb bales)

And have you tried our Kentucky Komfort Platinum wood shavings? They are 100% pine wood and perfect for stalls.

Turkeys, straw, and incoming Timothy hay

We are expecting a delivery of Second Cut Timothy Hay up from Washington before the end of the month – we will update the website when we know an exact day. Stay tuned!

Our free range pasture-fed Nicholas White Turkeys are now available for pre-order. They will be ready for pickup starting October 1st. Sizes estimated to range from 16 – 24 pounds and priced at $5/pound. A $20 deposit is required per order.

Local straw is back in stock! Supplied by Saanichton Farms and perfect for stall bedding – $12/bale.

And if you’re looking for mulching straw we still have bags of organic Garden Straw. One 9kg bag covers 100 square feet at 2″ deep.

End of Summer update and Egg-flation

We will be CLOSED on Sunday September 6th for Labour Day (Friday and Saturday will be regular hours, 11am – 5pm)

Thank you to everyone who has supported us this summer. We have learned so much during this exceptional time, and every day we’re brainstorming new ways to stay sustainable, flexible and happy in this brave new world.

Top of the list for us is carving out time for rest (or at least the Wylie’s version of rest), so we have decided to treat the Monday and Tuesday of each week as a weekend away from the shop. All appointments outside of store hours will be taken on either Wednesday or Thursday after 11am. Regular store hours are still Friday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm.

Changing our opening time from nine to eleven was absolutely necessary as we became very short staffed after covid (less hands means morning chores take longer), and so thank you to everyone for being so understanding of the constantly evolving schedule here at WHS.

We’ve also realized that our eggs are too cheap! With the cost of labour increasing (the hens are unionizing) we will be raising our price per dozen from $6.50 to $7.00.

And of course the end of summer means preparing for this year’s Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Yearling and Mixed Sale. This year we are very excited to be bringing three exceptional yearlings. Two colts; Trevor the Tall (Hip #23) and Jose Jose (Hip #60), and one filly; Sasha (Hip #28). Click here for the consignment info, photos and videos.

Do keep checking our website and social media. We hope to stay on top of updating our online presence and share bits of life, good and bad, here on the farm.

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” – The One Straw Revolution, by Masanobu Fukuoka