Greetings Ontario Permies, I came to you because honestly I WANT OUT OF HERE!
I'm sure we could go on about a million reasons, but in the long and short of it city living is killing me, and my family.
My goal is to find at least 100 acres and become self sufficient. I came here to ask for help.
I have children, I'm a tattoo artist with 10+years experience and I breed hunting dogs. I grew up on St. Joseph Island in the bush. My mother sold our 5 acres when I turned 18 and for the last 13 years I've lived in the city without any choice.
As a child we grew everything ourselves, and made everything ourselves. I'm french/native Canadian with just enough Italian to know what I'm doing in the kitchen. We used to make our own wine, meats and preserves. Where did that go? I want it back.
I'm looking for anyone who would like to partner up to help each other out.
I have found land that can be shared between 3-5 families with a lot of elbow room.
I'd like to meet a few people and seriously talk about buying this 150 acres.
All I'm going to say about it here and now is that the land I have my eye on has a little river, is surrounded by crown land, is not in an organized township and most likely not suited to large agriculture. It's prime hunting/fishing land. I can ALMOST afford it on my own. Almost!
We'd like another couple families or even individuals to move up and start a little forest homestead with us.
OR If you're starting a similar project on your own, we'd be more than happy to help!
My partner and I both have construction and trades experience; we are 31 and 43 with a lot of hard work experience and nature survival under our belts. Last year we spent 2 months outside in the wilderness in a small wood hut or on trails our longest day walk being over 40kms on the trans Canada.
Since being in the city I have been sick, depressed and unable to get out of bed some days.
I read both your posts and I hear you. I noticed you grew up on St. Joe's. We currently live on 320 acres near Thessalon. We are having trouble making it. We have the land but work is scarce and I have to travel to the Sault for work. Which, of course, means I am not with my family (my husband and our two boys - 9 and 5) and I am exhausted driving and watching the bank account go into the red every month from gas etc. This is not the life we dreamed of. We severed off 100 acres and we are trying to sell some of the farm to pay off the mortgage which would then free us up to build a small house off the grid and be more self-sufficient. It has been seven years since we moved up here and we love the land but there are not too many like-minded families. My children are in school because I want them to have other kids and not many are brave enough to homeschool around here. Where is the land you found? Northern Ontario? I am not sure if we can be any help but it would be great to chat. My husband also wants to live alone in the bush and he is wary of sharing land and forming a community. But, I think with the right fit...maybe. Your daughter sounds like my son. I just had a teacher meeting this morning that was very unsatisfactory. Really wishing I could pull him back out of school but I want him to have other kids. What do you think about Thessalon area? We are located in Dayton right between Iron Bridge and Thessalon, about 8 km off hwy17 and near Bright Lake, Lake Huron. Our land is mixed, maple syrup bush, cedar, some pasture land. We were a part of the farmers' market in the Sault but we find it too far to travel, especially after driving there all week for work. We are waiting to hear what part of our land is selling...either the farmhouse and barn or the 100 parcel. We are hoping to free ourselves and open some doors to a different kind of life where we are home to raise our family and use our skills. We were both high school teachers in another life but we would rather be gardeners, woodworkers and great parents and friends.