Visit and Learn

Do you want to tour the Garden of Eating and get hands-on experience in permaculture? Find out how to apply these principles on your very land. Daytime workshops or in-depth work exchange/apprenticeship opportunities may be what you're looking for. Contact Us to find out more.

Bonus: all participants are welcome to a guided farm tour.

 

2018 Daytime Workshops (some workshops are flexible in time and topic, so let us know your interests in advance so we can make it work. Costs to be confirmed based on numbers ~$10/2h workshop)

January 24 3-5pm OISE 2205 Introduction to Permaculture with University of Toronto Dig In! Campus Agriculture

January 28 9am Planning your Climate-Resilient Farm at Guelph Organic Conference

Saturday April 21st 1:15-2pm Meaford Earth Week Planning your Climate-Resilient Farm at Meaford St. Vincent Community Centre

mid-April - mid-May (suggest a day that works for you) FREE shiitake and oyster mushroom log inoculation workbees. Can also pick up your spawn this day to inoculate your own.

May 2 Toronto (to be confirmed) Permaculture 101 or Edible Perennial Plants talk at Montgomery's Inn in west Toronto. Let me know if you're interested so I can keep you informed.

May 5 or 6 2h Edible Landscape Design. Also a great opportunity to pick up bare-root transplants.

Saturday May 12th 10am-noon Free mushroom log inoculation workshop & workbee at Woodford Hall (between Meaford and Owen Sound) RSVP with Meaford Library (POST LINK)

May long weekend 2h Introduction to Permaculture

Saturday July 21 TBC Richmond Hill about indoor oyster mushroom cultivation and northern Chinese perennials

Sunday July 28 1pm - 5pm Plant tasting tour Come on a plant tasting tour of two permaculture farms in Grey County growing unique crops: Fiddlehead Nursery, near Kimberley, and Eden In Season, near Meaford, for a taste of some of the best edible perennials you can grow in this area. Starts at Fiddlehead Nursery at 1pm, then proceeds to Eden in Season at 3pm.

throughout the season We accommodate a number of guest stays and put on impromptu workshops over the year. Let us know in advance so we can include you.

 

Volunteer and Work Exchange

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We welcome interested folks who want to immerse themselves in living and breathing permaculture. We are listed on a number of work exchange directories that enable visitors a personal experience into various aspects of permaculture, while enjoying local food and accommodations in exchange for help on the farm.

Priorities for 2018 include:

  • spring: pruning, inoculating mushroom logs, grafting
  • summer: harvesting yummy raspberries, blackberries, currants, and of course weeding
  • autumn: home construction (hopefully)

As the Garden of Eating is in its infancy, we are outfitted with a trailer, rationed utilities, outdoor facilities, and tenting is always an option. We have well water and a nearby swim spot. Neighbouring ecological farms and accommodations at neighbours' homes are available for those who are interested in a greater diversity of gardening experiences and longer-term stays.

We do have great neighbours and it's only 5 minutes to Town when we do need our wifi fix, showers, and socialize.

trailer pull-out couchtrailer dining trailer kitchentrailer bedroom trailer bathroom swim hole

Intern expectations and mutual exchange arrangements are flexible based on your level of involvement and seasonal work needs. Typically 4-5 hours a day.

We are pleased to have the opportunity to show you around some of our area's highlights:

  • hiking, cycling, kayaking
  • Ted's Range Road Diner is up the hill, known for its exotic meats and Wednesday night jam night with rocking music from local bands
  • Owen Sound: year-round farmer's market, local music including Summerfolk
  • Meaford: farmer's market, local food projects, Meaford Hall

Still excited? Give us a shout!

 

Community Interdependence and Microenterprises

As we transition toward a diversified farm, our interdependence with the surrounding community grows.

We seek new ways of affirming trust, sharing our bounty, and developing a common interest in a philosophy and land base we are committed to.

We have the space and an established community presence. You may have time, skills, resources, or a complementary business beneficial to our mutual success. Possibilities include market gardening, livestock, construction, and perhaps even outside-the-farm thinking such as workshops, promotional, and distribution channels.