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Greetings Permies Forums Folks!

In the months to come we will be doing a great deal of work and are inviting you to join in our adventure. The farm has been a long planned change in the way that we have been living. The planning took us nearly 20 years.

17 years ago we started looking for land. We had pretty strict parameters.

Our land needed to be:

- It needed to be between 10 - 50 acres
- Have a north south slope orientation
- Have fields that had been fallow for at least 5 years and no history of glysophate being used
- Have mixed brush for woods
- Be within 1 hour of a city
- Have a minimum of a seasonal creek on it
- Cost less than $1000/acre (cdn dollars)

We looked for five years......

Then 12 years ago we purchased our 37 acres of land that fit perfectly! It also happened to be close to my wife’s family. Oh and it ended up being property that a good friend of mine played on when he was a kid. Imagine that!

For years we weren’t able to do very much on the land. I researched, we did small scale poultry for our own use and grew bigger gardens where we lived. I stopped by and spent a couple of days with Jocelyn and Paul back when Tim and family were there and helped work on some projects while I was there. Then we managed to get back to our land for a bit. We did a pretty solid cruise of it five years ago. Then worked with a friend who has a PDC on our plan. Next came converting a school bus into an RV for us to live in while we build our house. Then last year we drilled a well... and had plans of going to the land in spring 2021.  

Then the Pandemic.

It is time to do it. Now.

This year we will be:
- building our small wofati inspired home,
- Planting a small orchard to complement existing fruit trees and small wild fruit
- Planting a zone 1 garden
- Building an all season chicken/rabbit shelter....plus a chicken tractor
- Building a portable pig shelter and raising three pigs
- Building earthworks - a small pond and a number of swales
- Plus possibly more....

Ambitious plan? Indeed. But we have lots of time on our hands and are industrious.

We will be posting regularly starting in early May. So, if all goes well and we are able to travel from the west coast of Canada, to the east coast of Canada in the middle of crap hitting the fan then we will have some fun stuff to share with all of you fellow permaculture freaks. If we can’t make it out there....then we will revisit the plan.

Stay healthy and safe.


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I think you'll have a fun and exciting year ahead of you. I can't wait to see some pictures as y'all move forward with your projects!
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This will be fun to watch.  Best of luck!
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Soooooooo, Covid-19 has certainly put a damper on things. We have not been able to make it out to our land. We are going to keep watching and trying to get out there. Canada is a big place and we have to go from the west coast to the east coast. That's a lot of provincial borders. Our timeline is back to ASAP.

See you soon.....we hope.
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