Hi, we're Aaron & Stephanie Elskamp. Welcome to our farm in beautiful Woodlands, Manitoba, Canada.
The fields we plough and plant have been in our family since the 1950s. Farming is in our blood and under our nails. We love it here. It's a place where you get up early to watch the sun rise, and at the end of a hard day of work, watch it set.
We grow wheat, corn, oats, and canola, but we especially love growing sunflowers to feed wild birds. In 2021, we found a way of making sure our sunflower seeds and related grains always make it to market — we bought Pick of the Birds, a Manitoba company with over 30 years of success in the Canadian bird feed industry.
Feeding wild birds is a year-round activity for Canadians who rely on nutritious, high-quality Pick of the Birds products. It's also a full-time job for the people working on our farm and at our factory.
In the cool days of spring, we plough and prepare the soil for planting. When the heat of summer arrives, we work hard to protect the crops from weeds and pests. By autumn, we're ready to harvest our sunflowers and store them in huge bins on our farm. Here, they'll remain for 12-months of conditioning and on-the-spot cleaning.
We transport the sunflower seeds and other grains from our farm in Woodlands to Pick of the Birds' factory in Winnipeg. The facility is in a turn-of-the-20th-century warehouse in the city's historic downtown Exchange District. The seeds and other related grains are then cleaned, blended, packaged, and shipped to our growing list of retailers across Canada.
As active bird feeders ourselves, we understand how important nutritious food is for the wild bird population of Canada. When you buy Pick of the Birds products, you're picking nutrition, quality, and value. Our sunflower seeds and related grains are lovingly grown in Manitoba or expertly sourced from quality North American suppliers.
Thanks for visiting our farm and factory today and learning about Pick of the Birds.