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Enriching lives with sustainable farming science

About Faspa Farm

Faspa Farm is 960 acres found in southern Manitoba, Canada. It is managed by the Klassen family and has been in the family since our great-grandparents emigrated to Canada as Russian refugees in 1924. They purchased the current land we farm in 1939 for their two sons, Jacob and George.

We grow wheat and canola on most of the land, but are in the process of expanding our vegetable garden and fruit orchard so we can tick a couple more food groups off the list!

We take inspiration and learn from our Mennonite ancestors who lived self-sufficiently, reused, recycled and upcycled when they lived in Poland, Russia and when they moved to Canada.

We acknowledge the traditional managers of Faspa Farm, the ancestors of the Anishinaabe people. We thank them for the care of the land and hope that we can also learn from them when applying sustainable land management practices.

George Klassen

is a farmer at heart and by name[1]. He grew up on Faspa Farm, and starting farming with his cousin Arthur at a young age. They made their farm machinery out of wood strips and tied springs by string to the toy tractor to make harrows.

He has a Diploma of Agriculture from the University of Manitoba and starting farming on his own when he was 21 years old, almost 50 years ago. He loves the Manitoba seasons and the changes they bring. Farming ties the past with the present and is always presenting new challenges every year, every new season.

 

[1] The name “George” comes from the Greek name Γεωργιος (Georgios) which was derived from the Greek word γεωργος (georgos) meaning “farmer, earthworker”, itself derived from the elements γη (ge) “earth” and εργον (ergon) “work”. https://www.behindthename.com/name/george

Karen Klassen

has an undergraduate degree in Nutrition Science, became a dietitian and worked at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, then in London for 8 years. She had been ‘dabbling’ in research since she started working, and finally decided to formalise her love of research by doing a PhD. She moved to Australia to complete a PhD at the University of Melbourne and then worked as a research fellow until deciding that it was time for life to come full circle and move back to Manitou.  You can read some of her academic work here (Research Gate or LinkedIn).

Karen brings her love of food and expertise in nutrition and research back to the farm, where good food begins.

The Rest of Our Family

Meet the other Klassens.

Eileen Langeman Klassen

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Tam Klassen Pinto & Aaron Pinto

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Phil Klassen

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