Cabin On The Coulee Renovations and Launch

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Two Consecutive Nights at the Cabin On the Coulee

Two Consecutive Nights at the Cabin On the Coulee

Pledge: C$300.00
Two nights at the Cabin on the Coulee for up to 6 adults and 2 children under 16. You will be able to choose your nights in early April, after the campaign is over. You will choose in the order that the rewards were purchased, so get this reward early!
Two nights at the Cabin on the Coulee for up to 6 adults and 2 children under 16. You will be able to choose your nights in early April, after the campaign is over. You will choose in the order that the rewards were purchased, so get this reward early!
Pledge: C$300.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-05-15
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Signed Thank You COTC Card and Package of Beef Jerky

Signed Thank You COTC Card and Package of Beef Jerky

Pledge: C$20.00
We will mail you one 110 g package of Cabin on the Coulee beef jerky along with a signed thank you postcard. It is very tasty and doesn't require refrigeration.
We will mail you one 110 g package of Cabin on the Coulee beef jerky along with a signed thank you postcard. It is very tasty and doesn't require refrigeration.
Pledge: C$20.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-04-15
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Signed Thank You COTC Card and Summer Barbecue Pack

Signed Thank You COTC Card and Summer Barbecue Pack

Pledge: C$50.00
We will deliver a Summer Barbecue Pack and a signed Thank You COTC Card to your door in an insulated COTC container. This includes eight seasoned 1/4 pound lean hamburger patties, four seasoned 1/3 pound lean hamburger patties plus two 1/2 pound four packs of Nitrite Free Beef Smokies.
We will deliver a Summer Barbecue Pack and a signed Thank You COTC Card to your door in an insulated COTC container. This includes eight seasoned 1/4 pound lean hamburger patties, four seasoned 1/3 pound lean hamburger patties plus two 1/2 pound four packs of Nitrite Free Beef Smokies.
Pledge: C$50.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-04-15
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Signed Thank You COTC Card and Your Choice of One of our Beef Boxes

Signed Thank You COTC Card and Your Choice of One of our Beef Boxes

Pledge: C$125.00
We will deliver one of our $125 beef boxes and a signed Thank You COTC Card to your door in an insulated COTC container. You can choose from a lean ground beef box (20 lb), a steak box (10 lb), a roast box (10 lb), a stew meat box (16 lbs), a brisket box (13 lbs), a stir fry box (14 lbs), or a tenderloin steak box (9 lb). See our store page for more information and pictures: https://cabinonthecoulee.farm/store/
We will deliver one of our $125 beef boxes and a signed Thank You COTC Card to your door in an insulated COTC container. You can choose from a lean ground beef box (20 lb), a steak box (10 lb), a roast box (10 lb), a stew meat box (16 lbs), a brisket box (13 lbs), a stir fry box (14 lbs), or a tenderloin steak box (9 lb). See our store page for more information and pictures: https://cabinonthecoulee.farm/store/
Pledge: C$125.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-04-15
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Adult ticket for Grand Opening Picnic/Barbecue at the Cabin on Sunday, May 17

Adult ticket for Grand Opening Picnic/Barbecue at the Cabin on Sunday, May 17

Pledge: C$20.00
One adult (16 and over) ticket for our Grand Opening Picnic/Barbecue at the Cabin on Sunday, May 17, 2020, starting at 2 PM with visiting, hiking and touring the cabin and the meal being served starting at 3:30 PM. The meal will be caterer supplied potato salad, spinach or lettuce salad, and buns to go with barbecued Cabin on the Coulee hamburgers and smokies. You will have the option of cooking smokies on a wiener stick over a fire as well. Kids under 10 do not need a ticket.
One adult (16 and over) ticket for our Grand Opening Picnic/Barbecue at the Cabin on Sunday, May 17, 2020, starting at 2 PM with visiting, hiking and touring the cabin and the meal being served starting at 3:30 PM. The meal will be caterer supplied potato salad, spinach or lettuce salad, and buns to go with barbecued Cabin on the Coulee hamburgers and smokies. You will have the option of cooking smokies on a wiener stick over a fire as well. Kids under 10 do not need a ticket.
Pledge: C$20.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-05-17
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Youth ticket for Grand Opening Picnic/Barbecue at the Cabin on Sunday, May 17

Youth ticket for Grand Opening Picnic/Barbecue at the Cabin on Sunday, May 17

Pledge: C$15.00
One youth (10 -16) ticket for our Grand Opening Picnic/Barbecue at the Cabin on Sunday, May 17, 2020, starting at 2 PM with visiting, hiking and touring the cabin and the meal being served starting at 3:30 PM. The meal will be caterer supplied potato salad, spinach or lettuce salad, and buns to go with barbecued Cabin on the Coulee hamburgers and smokies. You will have the option of cooking smokies on a wiener stick over a fire as well. Kids under 10 do not need a ticket.
One youth (10 -16) ticket for our Grand Opening Picnic/Barbecue at the Cabin on Sunday, May 17, 2020, starting at 2 PM with visiting, hiking and touring the cabin and the meal being served starting at 3:30 PM. The meal will be caterer supplied potato salad, spinach or lettuce salad, and buns to go with barbecued Cabin on the Coulee hamburgers and smokies. You will have the option of cooking smokies on a wiener stick over a fire as well. Kids under 10 do not need a ticket.
Pledge: C$15.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-05-17
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Campaign Description

The Cabin on The Coulee is opening as a destination bed and breakfast to the public in May of 2020. We started preparing the cabin last summer but still have renovations to finish this spring. The Cabin on the Coulee sits near the centre of a whole section of land (640 acres), overlooking 200 acres of Alberta coulees, all of which guests will have access to. The cabin is a good size, with an extra half bath upstairs and it can sleep up to 6 adults and two children. It has power, water and a wood burning stove. Supporters will be able to choose dates to stay at the cabin in 2020 and 2021 in the chronological order that they purchase their reward. Other rewards include selections of grass fed beef, delivered directly to your door.

Cabin on the Coulee - Our Story

OUR FAMILY

We are the Eric and Josie Neilson family that lives and farms north of Fleet in east-central Alberta. We recently celebrated our 29th anniversary and are a family of five, with our youngest having just graduated from high school.  Like virtually all farms today in Alberta, we are busy with both on and off farm jobs and appreciate having our kids helping out as they can.

In 2012 we exchanged some summer pasture for my older brother’s herd for three heifer calves. Two of these eventually became the matriarchs of our herd of cattle, affectionately known as Chocolate and Blondie.  We have several daughters of these two cows in our herd today.  Over the years we have slowly grown and currently have a small herd of about 50 cows.

ERIC’S EXPERIENCE

I grew up on a mixed farm (grain and beef cattle) in East-Central Alberta. In 1988 I graduated with a BSc. In Agriculture, animal science major, being especially interested in animal nutrition and physiology.  My first ‘real’ job was at Calgary Masterfeeds where I specialized in poultry operations.  This was something I had not been exposed to very much growing up on a mixed beef farm but it will come in handy as we are planning on raising grass fed chickens in the future.

Starting in 1993, I was an entrepreneur for 13 years but we were forced to sell the business in 2005 due to an accident that resulted in my broken, dislocated hip.  At this point, I sold our business and went back to school to get my secondary teaching degree with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry.  I worked as a classroom teacher for several years but in 2014 I took a  break and for three years and worked as the extension and environmental program coordinator at Battle River Research Group .  During this time, we decided to go back to our farming roots because of all the innovative and interesting practices that I was learning about at BRRG and I wanted to begin to apply them to our operations.  One of the most interesting experiences I had there was being part of the discovery and identification of a new disease in Canola, called pink root rot.  I identified and submitted some diseased plants to the Alberta Plant Health Lab in Edmonton and it eventually led to the publication of this paper: First report of pink root rot caused by Setophoma (Pyrenochaeta) terrestris on canola  

In 2017, I went back to teaching part time at the Brownfield Community School so that I would have more time for the farm. After completing two years there, I have resigned and am now ready to be dedicated full time to our farm and marketing our beef and our cabin, because that is really what I am passionate about.

OUR BEEF

Our beef comes from happy, healthy Murray Grey and Angus cross cows, which are known for their excellent tenderness and marbling.   It is antibiotic and synthetic hormone free.  Our animals are  raised and finished on a combination of grass and whole whole plant cereals through swath grazing, depending on the season, for an excellent flavor combination.  Our beef is  custom processed at TK Ranch where it is dry aged in a controlled environment for a two weeks before it is cut up.  Contrast this with beef processed in the large packing plants where the animal is slaughtered and cut up on the same day, with no dry aging.  This means you are not paying for water and you get the maximum flavor so that you have an overall amazing #craftbeef experience when you eat our beef.

OUR ANIMALS

Our animals are never confined to a feedlot.  We make every effort to incorporate year round grazing for our animal management by growing annual crops for three seasons of swath grazing, in addition to summer grazing on perennials.  We do provide shelter from wind, bedding, and extra feed during the most extreme winter weather.  Our cows have their calves during May and June as similar native animals do, when the weather and grazing conditions are the best.  The main goal for our cows is that they have long, healthy, happy, productive lives on our farm; in fact we currently have one mother that is 17 years old in our herd.  We do not brand our animals and we band all the steers at a very young age, the simplest most pain free method of ‘fixing’ them.  We do our best to use stress free handling practices when administering all herd health treatments and we wean our calves in a two stage process that includes the use of the ‘quiet wean’ nose inserts which greatly reduces anxiety and stress for the calves and the mothers.  If you have any questions about any of these things, feel free to contact us.

OUR CABIN

In 2003 our family built a cabin on the coulee with a spectacular view of the coulees and the surrounding landscape in anticipation of wanting a family meeting and recreation place after the rest of the family had moved away from the original home location.  In 2004, plans changed as we decided to build our home on Josie’s parents home quarter, only one mile or so from the cabin.  This left the cabin on the coulee mostly unused near the middle of a whole section (one square mile) of land.  As we began farming and building up our beef herd, we often thought of the cabin and what we should do with it.  We are currently in the process of cleaning it up in preparation for sharing it with the rest of the world as a bed and breakfast starting in the summer of 2020. Our ATB Boostr crowdfunding campaign is launching in February of 2020, where you can get a chance at being at the front of the line to book prime nights at the Cabin for 2020 and 2021.

 

Management Team

Eric Neilson

Eric Neilson

Co-owner

Eric grew up on a mixed farm (grain and beef cattle) in East-Central Alberta. In 1988 he graduated with a BSc. In Agriculture, animal science major, being especially interested in animal nutrition and physiology. His first ‘real’ job was at Calgary Masterfeeds where he specialized in poultry feed. This was something he had not been exposed to very much growing up on a mixed beef farm but it will come in handy as we are planning on raising grass fed chickens in the future. Starting in 1993, Eric was an entrepreneur for 13 years but was forced to sell the business in 2005 due to an accident that resulted in a broken, dislocated hip. At this point, he sold the business and went back to school to get a secondary teaching degree. He worked as a classroom teacher for several years but in 2014 I took a break and worked as the extension and environmental program coordinator at Battle River Research Group.  In 2017, He went back to teaching part time at the Brownfield Community School so that there would be more time for the farm. After completing two years there, he resigned and is now ready to be dedicated full time to the farm and marketing beef and the cabin, because that is really what he is passionate about.

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Colin Neilson

Colin Neilson

Future Co-owner?

Colin, the oldest of three siblings, is finishing off an Information Technology Diploma and is starting out with his own business as a website designer and administrator. Our website was the first one he designed and he is currently working on a few more for other people and businesses. He would like to be able to work part time at his business and part time at The Cabin On The Coulee so that he can make a life out here, away from the city.

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Josie Neilson

Josie Neilson

Co-owner

Josie has been a career Occupational Therapist, graduating with a BScOT from the University of Alberta in 1989, unlike her husband who has a history of changing careers every 5 or 10 years! In her words, "this is the last business that we are going to start!". Josie currently works locally as a 0.8 FTE Occupational Therapist II. She is a trusted adviser, wife and best friend of Eric. They will have been celebrating 30 years of marriage in the summer of 2020.

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Ella Dog

Ella Dog

Cattle Dog wannabe

Ella is our 5 year old Golden Mountain (Golden Retriever/Bernese Mountain Dog cross). She lives to sit in her spot behind the seat of our old farm truck and drive out to the Coulees to check on the cattle or the cabin. She is a big part of our farm and the family.
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Mar 4, 2020

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Pocket Door Installation

The pocket door for the upstairs 1/2 bath in the cabin is being installed.

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Mar 4, 2020

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Smaller sign for inside the cabin is done.

The smaller sign for inside the cabin is done and mounted.  We finished it with apaint that has a weathered copper patina finish.

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Feb 27, 2020

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Large Sign on the Cabin.

We have had signs made for the cabin based on our logo.  The larger one is now painted and up on the front of the cabin.

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Feb 18, 2020

Crowdfunding Update - You're Invited to our Grand Opening BBQ at the Cabin on May 17!

This is an update for our ATB BoostR crowdfunding campaign. We have our first two boosters. Thank you! This video explains the Grand Opening BBQ/visit to the Cabin on the Coulee, which will be on Sunday, May 17 at 2 PM. It gives you a chance to explore the coulees, checkout the cabin, have a visit and at 5 PM have a BBQ consisting of COTC burgers and smokies plus catered salads, buns and soft drinks. This reward might be a good option if you are reluctant to commit to staying at the cabin two nights without checking it out.

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Feb 11, 2020

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When and how was the Cabin on the Coulee Built?

The Cabin on The Coulee was built in 2003 from poplar logs that were sent from somewhere in Saskatchewan.  The layers and sizes were all mapped out.  It has a 9 foot ceiling on the main floor and a second floor within the peaked roof.

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Feb 10, 2020
Project launched

FAQs

Where is the Cabin on the Coulee?

We are about 5 miles east of the intersection of Highway 12 and 36. 3 hours NE of Calgary. 2 1/2 hours SE of Edmonton. 1 1/2 hours E of Red Deer. 45 min E of Stettler. 45 min NE of Hanna.

If I order beef product rewards, do I have to pick them up? When will I get them?

No, the beef Jerky and signed postcards will be sent by mail and the frozen beef products will be delivered to your door in an insulated Cabin On The Coulee container. We deliver to Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and points in between in the Highway 2 corridor. Sorry, but we do not deliver to cities like Medicine Hat, Lethbridge or Grande Prairie. You will receive your beef on or before April 20, shortly after this campaign is over.

If I order the two nights at the Cabin on the Coulee reward, how do I choose what nights I will be staying?

The order in which this reward is purchased will be the order in which you will be able to choose your two consecutive nights, so if you are choosing this option, the sooner the better! We currently have the Cabin on the Coulee booked for 19 nights in October and November of 2020 (hunting season) and 5 nights from July 24 - 29th in July of 2019. Other than that, everything is open for the rest of 2020 and all of 2021. We will not be taking any more bookings until this campaign is over and all the people who have purchased this reward have their nights.

How many people can stay at the Cabin on the Coulee?

We will allow up to six adults (16 or older) and two children (under 16) to stay at the Cabin on the Coulee?.

What are the amenities and things to do at the Cabin on the Coulee?

Amenities/Things to Do: Power, water, baseboard heaters and wood burning stove, full bath on the main floor, half bath on second floor, deck and lookout on the second floor, deck and patio doors off the main floor, high speed wireless internet, reverse osmosis drinking water, microwave, full sized fridge/freezer, convection/toaster oven, hot plate, propane barbecue, two fire pits, dark skies for stargazing, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, rock collecting.

What if I need groceries or other supplies?

Castor is a 10 minute drive from the Cabin On The Coulee.. It has two grocery stores and one liquor store. Castor has a Home Hardware store. The Co-op convenience store and gas bar at Crowfoot Crossing is a 5 minute drive from the cabin.

How much land do I have access to?

The Cabin on the Coulee is near the centre of 1 section (1 square mile) or 640 acres of land, all of which you are welcome to explore.

Can I bring my ATV, motorbike, or my horse?

Not at this time. No motorized vehicles are allowed and we are evaluating putting in a small stable for a few horses in the future. Hiking and Mountain bikes are welcome, though we recommend full suspension as the coulees are rough.

What if the weather is bad when I come?

Sorry, we cannot refund or reschedule for bad weather. The Cabin on the Coulee is on a hill that is often windy. Alberta weather is unpredictable. You may get the most unbelievably gorgeous weather or you may get miserable weather, but because of the Cabin, you can still enjoy yourselves no matter what.

What about getting from the road to the cabin?

The gravel road to get to the gate where you go into the cabin is 1 1/2 miles from the pavement (Highway 12). Once you go onto the trail leading to the cabin, you are basically on a flat cow trail for nearly 1/2 mile to get to the cabin. SUV's, crossovers, and trucks are fine, but if you drive a car, you and park it at our house (very near Highway 12 and about 1 1/2 miles from the cabin) and we can drive you out.

What if we want to have a family get together or reunion?

The Cabin on the Coulee is about 3 miles from Huber Dam campground. Information: Rural Address 37515 RR131 Located North of Fleet (SW 36-37-13-W4) • 25 Power Sites - $25/night • Overflow/Non power - $20/night • Group Area - $90/day (up to 6 units and $10/unit thereafter) • Camp Kitchen - $50/day • Events Building • Campfire Pits/Firewood • Fishing • Playground For bookings or inquiries, please call (403) 633-7000

The Cabin on the Coulee is about 2 miles from the Fleet Hall. Information: Fleet Hall: • disking • kitchen facilities • seating capacity - chairs: 150 • seating capacity - tables & chairs: 120 • stage • Rental Fee: $75/day Location:#12 Railway Ave, Fleet Contact: (403) 882-2495 for bookings.

Is your beef synthetic hormone and antibiotic free?

Yes. For more information, check out this web page: https://cabinonthecoulee.farm/beef-info/
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