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My family has had a tree nursery in southern ontario for many years and my dad is nearing wanting to retire or at least slow down and has started renting the land out to local conventional farmers. There's over 400 beautiful acres of amazing Carolinian forest eco-system and I feel to compelled to do something more sustainable, and my dad is open to suggestions. There are several houses on the property as well as greenhouses, potting shed, etc. I have some ideas of what to do but would welcome any ideas, suggestions, proposals, collaboration projects ideas, live/work arrangements, etc. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions. Thanks!
 
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Hi Steve,

Former nursery?

400 Acres?

Multiple dwellings and buildings?

There is a whole lot going on here, Steve. Your land and water are probably excellent in order to support a huge nursery in its earlier life. You can build on these facts.

I have background in greenhouse and nursery production, plus experience in community development. Right off the cover, your place sounds like a candidate for building eco-homesteads on a community scale while orienting nursery production to "edible landscape" species ... many of which provide the materials for the smaller "forest-farm" developments all around you.

Sounds like you need a thoughtful assessment of land and facilities, and then perhaps some significant planning exercise.

We might be able to assist with some or all of that. Happy to have an in-depth conversation with you. Please contact us off-forum if interested in talking more.

Thanks

vinekeeper@forestfarm.org
 
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HI Stephen I saw the similar post in another thread. Id like to chat about what you are doing. Ive taken up mead brewing and we've made hugulkultur beds in our backyard. I attended Ernie and Erica Weisners Rocket mass heater workshop and learned a great deal. How much rent etc for the housing, work trade offs? etc...geuss some details on what exactly you had in mind really. email me anytime for a chat.

fallon73@hotmail.com
 
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Everything Jay said.

I am looking for an opportunity to start an edible landscaping business and greenhouse operation as well as food forest and aquaculture projects in southern Ontario this season. I would love to discuss possible opportunities that may exist....
 
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I'm interested!
 
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for any of those who replied, if Stephen's awesome opportunities don't work for you, I have some smaller opportunities that might. check our new (and still under construction) website and contact me if you think you might like to work with us.
 
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