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 (dates may be flexible and subject to change).

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

 

2019 House Build

After 5 years of establishing the orchard, 2019 is the year to build my permanent residence.

This house will be built from the ground-up using Nudura ICF (concrete-filled styrofoam block) which is a very durable and insulative material. Designed using passive solar principles and utilizing a central wood stove for supplemental heating and hot water pre-heating, it will also feature a walk-out basement, attached sunroom, and attached cold cellar.

Completed to date

  • building permit
  • site excavation

 Upcoming Building Schedule

  • July: footings, ICF wall assembly
  • August: framing, windows and doors
  • September: stucco, truss, steel roof
  • October: sunroom, septic
  • winter: interior

A wide range of building tasks are available for those wanting to help depending on safety and skill level. Coincidently, berries are also abundantly available and you can pick to your heart's delight as a thank you for helping.

 

Local Suppliers and Trades

earth works: Knott Construction

ICF: White Knight Contracting

assorted materials: Knights' Home Building Centre

 

2019 Upcoming 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 ~$15/2h workshop)

Wednesday July 17 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. $30. RSVP appreciated, and also enquire about carpooling if you need a ride.

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

tent trampoline polyculture

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 4 hours of help on the farm.

Priorities for 2019 (besides home construction) include:

  • spring: pruning, inoculating mushroom logs, grafting
  • summer: harvesting yummy raspberries, blackberries, currants, weeding

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 a 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 experience and length of stay (typically 1-3weeks).

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, known for its exotic meats and famous Wednesday music jam night
  • Owen Sound: year-round farmer's market, local music including Summerfolk
  • Meaford: farmer's market, local food projects

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.