About Headwater Farms
About Headwater Farms
Our story has its roots in our managing partner’s love for animals and her subsequent interest in pursuing a career involving them. Veterinary college became the obvious choice and was the focus of her education until it became evident that much of that vocation is dependent on drug-based treatment. It also became clear that animals in today’s food supply are often subject to those same chemically-dependent practices. Those realities were at odds with her original passion of working with healthy animals, prompting a change in career direction towards establishment of a sustainable operation from which to deliver farm-to-table food.
As a first-generation farm, ours had the benefit of not having to deal with the volume demands that burden many traditional agricultural operations, allowing us to focus on pursuing the highest quality offerings in our primary product category: beef. Taste, nutrition and quality are all of obvious importance to beef enthusiasts ― ourselves included. With that in mind, the Japanese Wagyu breeds immediately became of interest...
Fast forward to today, and our Angus and Wagyu herds are comprised of some of the most sought-after genetic lines available in Canada at this time.
Our mission of providing food worth celebrating is achieved by strict adherence to the following core values:
Care: Stress-free animal handling techniques, conscientious pasture land utilization and an intolerance for unnatural additives contribute towards premium product offerings.
Quality: Our pursuit is to deliver natural tastes in each of our foods, with the added benefit of increased
Patience: With a long term outlook as the basis of each decision making process, we recognize the value time can contribute towards quality. ‘Slow food’ is and should be as it’s suggested.
Transparency: Since we can't always know where today's food comes from or what it is comprised of, our objective is to provide greater clarity surrounding our processes.
Continuous Improvement: We pride ourselves on creating an environment that encourages applying practical solutions, with an open mind towards improvements that may be achieved through continued learning opportunities.
Our promise is to abide by the Five Animal Freedoms, to which we add one more:
Five Animal Freedoms:
1. Freedom from hunger and thirst
2. Freedom from discomfort
3. Freedom from pain, injury and disease
4. Freedom to express normal behaviour
5. Freedom from fear and distress
6. Freedom from unnecessary hormones and antibiotics
We acknowledge that the industry recognizes the Five Animals Freedoms, however we strive for a benchmark that far exceeds these seemingly basic needs. Our intent is to create and uphold an environment in which nature guides our operations. This includes a zero-tolerance policy for hormone and antibiotic supplements used solely for the purpose of generating a faster growth cycle.
"Whats better than finding the best meat I've ever tasted? Pulling up to your beautiful farm and meeting the woman herself who dedicates 7 days a week to it. Rachel shows her high standards in raising beef and a passion that can't be taught. Why would I buy anywhere else? You've found a customer for life."Toronto, Preferred Customer
"I recently had one of your wagyu striploin at jacobs & co. Steakhouse in toronto, and it truly was the greatest taste of beef I have ever experienced"Ottawa, Preferred Customer
"We drove 4 hours to pick up our wagyu and it was worth it. With meeting the young lady that runs the farm we were quickly introduced to the incredible quality in every aspect of headwater farms: absolutely beautiful farm, impeccable care and standards for raising cattle and most importantly the taste... Drool worthy, we will be ordering more"Windsor, Preferred Customer
I heard about HWF through a friend who I now consider a best friend after my experience. I can confidently say that my wagyu ribeye steak was the BEST steak I’ve ever had in my life. I can’t even think of something that has come close to 2 nd . Rachel’s knowledge, passion and overall care for these animals is exemplified in the QUALITY that she sells. 5 stars to you HWF, I’m telling all my friends.Uxbridge, On Preferred Customer