Garden of Eating

we are eden pollinated with honeybees

The Garden of Eating is our demonstration space and commitment to building an edible landscape that is abundant, profitable, beautiful, ecologically diverse, educational, and fun.

At the same time, we realize this is not created from a magic wand. It is only through careful years of observation, planning, and adaptation of best practices that we can achieve this.

Contact us to learn more about the paradise of nuts, fruits, herbs, and mushrooms that are growing in our climate. Visit and Learn about our various activities such as inoculating shiitake mushroom logs, ecological design, harvesting currants, and more.

 

Getting Here

Please contact us in advance to ensure we can accommodate your visit. We are not set up for drop-in visitors.

Carpool: We'd love to help so please let us know with as much advance notice and flexibility

Bus 3h40min from Toronto, $25-40: Greyhound to Meaford or Collingwood

Bus (public transit) and hitch-hiking (please travel safely) 1.5-2h but >1h away from farm, $15-$20: GO Transit to Barrie (Barrie Bus Terminal) then Barrie Transit to Angus; or GO Transit to Orangeville (Orangeville Mall)

By car: We are a 2 hour drive north of Toronto, with access by paved, well-maintained provincial and county roads. From Meaford, take Highway 26 west July-October 2017 bridge construction reroute: take 7th Line north, 22nd Sideroad west, Grey Road 112 south to #138336 5km, turning right (north) at Grey Road 112 (a.k.a. Range Road a.k.a. 9th Line) for 1km. Just past the creek crossing, the next left is the East Grey Hunters and Anglers Club #138308 and we're at the next left (#138336). Look for the EDEN in SEASON banner at the entrance gate. Entranceway is unimproved; please park at the very front.

on your GPS:

  • Lat/Long: 44.621° -80.660°; 44°37’15”, -80°39’35”
  • UTM: 526930, 4940910
  • your online directions may be incorrect especially if you enter address number 138336. The map below is correct. We are only 1km north of Highway 26. If you are going uphill, you have gone too far.

 

Bedding

master bedroom

couch

tent trampoline polyculture

Recreation

  • nearby natural amenities: close to hiking trails: Bruce Trail, Tom Thomson Trail, Trout Hollow Trail
  • some of the most gorgeous views of our area on top of the Irish Mountain Lookout
  • caves
  • kayaking
  • swimming

 

Timeline

footbridge crossing

Past:

  • Petun (Tionontati) passively managed forest farming, foraging, and hunting grounds (yes the First Nations practiced forest farming before we decided it was cool)
  • Ojibwe recolonization, 1818 treaty
  • homestead established in 1840s
  • abandoned after house fire in the late 1970s
  • Feral apples remnant of bygone orchards
  • 75 acres under pasture at one point

Spring 2014:

  • purchased property
  • sea buckthorn perimeter planted, local beekeeper re-establishes hives, year of observation. A 1.5 acre field of the 40 acre hay acreage has been keyline plowed, and the rows are being interplanted and mulched.

Spring 2015:

  • mapping, planning, designing, seedlings planted for reforestation, remaining contour rows planted and mulched. temporary farm accommodations

Future possibilities:

  • construction of a full-time residence, orchard-scale plantings

 

Technical Overview of the GARDEN of EATING

  • Legal: Municipality of Meaford zoned Rural and Environmental Protection
  • Topography: nestled in the fertile Centreville Creek valley but upwind from the orchard sprays, gently sloping valleylands with a SE facing aspect, frost susceptibility, SW winds predominate.
  • Soil: on the loamier side of Vincent silty clay loam which is considered CLI Class 1 soil, slightly alkaline, easy to work, adequate topsoil depth but 10m depth to bedrock
  • Water: seasonally high water table, neighbours on dug well, good water quality
  • Plant hardiness: Canadian plant hardiness zone 5b, supposedly marginal zone 6a according to the 1981-2010 map, 150 frost-free days, 2000 growing degree days, 2800 crop heat units
  • Vegetation: maple-ash-basswood, some ironwood, red oak, cherry, beech, hawthorn, buckthorn, apple, wild pear, serviceberry, 100 acres of mid-succession hardwood, 40 acres of hay
  • Access and circulation: 6km NW of downtown Meaford, deep but accessible acreage with hiking and snowshoeing trails that extend to the back of the property