Growth of the MGBHLM beef business; Greenhouse ready to expand
Beaudry said the long-term plans are to breed livestock for future production and “food sustainability.”
“The reason we bought cattle is that the year before Chief Tanya [Tanya Aguilar-Antiman] bought a whole bunch of meat from a breeder so we could distribute it to our members,” he said.
Having its own cattle farm will mean that MGBHLM will have an on-site food source for the benefit of its community.
The project also includes an education component.
“It would be to help our younger members who want to get into cattle operations, the young entrepreneurs,” said Beaudry.
The new venture launched last year is owned and operated by MGBHLM Economic Development Corp. in partnership with the MGBHLM First Nation.
The cow/calf operation is located on the north side of the reserve on what is called Eaton’s Pasture.
The beef business is managed by Charles Stone, who has worked in the industry for many years.
“It was a good project,” Stone said. “It’s a win-win situation for the group using its land. They will only get bigger and better.
The First Nation Economic Development Corporation is also working on expanding the greenhouse that Mosquito acquired when it purchased the land from the Oblates in 2020 on their property now known as The Ridge.on the former site of Government House, south of Battleford.
Beaudry said they hope to receive help from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) to develop the project to grow fresh fruits and vegetables.
“The U of S Department of Agriculture was here last spring. But because of COVID-19, they couldn’t engage, because their staff couldn’t go out,” he said.
He added that the U of S evaluated the project last year and “liked what they saw.”
Beaudry said he wanted the greenhouse to be fully operational to supply fresh produce to the MGBHLM throughout the year.
“We would like to use it for our senior members,” he says. “As they get older, it’s hard for Elders to come to town.
Beaudry said that through operating the greenhouse, Mosquito could provide a program to deliver fresh vegetables to older members to help them access nutritious food more easily.
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