The Ferme Récréative Caza (Caza recreational farm) is a family farm with diversified farm activities that complement each other perfectly. Each new breeding introduced has been rationally and judiciously chosen for its beneficial contribution.
In 2011, with the arrival of our second child, we fell in love with this beautiful little farm located in Saint-Stanislas-de-Champlain. It was then for us a second home where it was good to enjoy the nature with our children and where we could relax.
In 2013, with the imminent arrival of our third child, we knew that the city life no longer suited us. We decided to make our second home our Home. This new life would also allow us to achieve a coveted project; to have animals!
We now had to choose what kind of breeding would suit us! Our first choice was the alpaca. At the time we were not sure of being able to eat our animals. The alpaca was therefore a good avenue. The transformation of the fiber interested us, it was also a beautiful harmless animal, hypoallergenic, and rustic whose breeding seemed rather simple. We now know that simple does not mean easy and problem free.
The rabbits were then added, first for the pleasure of the children but, we were also attracted by the quality of its meat and its prolificity. Over time, we have abandoned traditional-fleshed rabbits to surround us with Standard Rex Rabbits. In addition to offering the most enjoyable company and exceptional quality of flesh, they have a less allergenic and velvety soft fur, which would allow us to ornament some of our finished alpaca products.
Our reflection on the breed of dog we were going to raise was probably the most difficult. We first determined the desired characteristics: good family dog, not too allergenic, who would be protective of his environment, who could cohabit with other animals, who barks little, who would like to work and who could stay close to us when of performing our various tasks without having to be attached. Our final choice was stopped on the Old English Sheepdog.
The addition of the cashmere goats is probably our most emotional decision. We found them so beautiful with their playfulness, although they are allergenic and rather rough between them. These goats would still provide us with a beautiful cashmere to harvest every year, a little milk to make homemade soaps, and over time we have also discovered that goat meat is a low-fat red meat with a fine and delicate taste.
Our next project should be ready in 2017. We are preparing to plant a forest where different varieties of fruits, perennial vegetables and other herbs will coexist. If all goes well, we will add some hives over the years.