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.

 

2017 Daytime Workshops (all dates TBC, mostly in Georgian Bay area, other locations may be closer to Toronto)

introduction to permaculture - likely sometime March 2017 6pm following a Wednesday farmers' market at Montgomery's Inn in Etobicoke

Easter weekend landscape observation and edible design

multiple dates from mid-April to mid-May shiitake and oyster mushroom log inoculation workbees. Pick up your spawn this day to inoculate your own. Also get your transplants and grafts

Sunday July 2nd, 2017 (long weekend) half-year celebration, currant harvesting

Saturday July 22nd, 2017 Plant tasting tour with Fiddlehead Nursery (see image below)

plant tasting tour

 

Volunteer and Work Exchange

tent trampoline polyculture

We are looking for interested folks who want to get their hands dirty living and breathing permaculture in extended stays, WWOOFer style.

Priorities for 2017 include:

  • spring: mushroom logs, transplanting, grafting
  • summer: harvesting yummy raspberries, blackberries, currants, and of course weeding

We are blessed here with a diversity of ecological farmers, including our market garden friends at Sunrise Organics around the corner may also accept visitors for those who wish to stay longer and benefit from an additional experience.

As the Garden of Eating is in its infancy, our ability to accommodate guests and apprentices onsite is limited by how . As an former homestead abandoned for over 30 years, we are only outfitted with a trailer, rationed utilities, and outdoor facilities, and tenting is always an option. We have well water and a nearby swim spot. Neighbouring 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 not have power, Internet... but we do have great neighbours, and it's only 5 minutes to Town.

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 4ish 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.