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Location: Near Beaver Valley, Ontario, Canada
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Zach Hartwell wrote:Is there anyone from Bruce County?



I'm in Grey County.
 
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Hello everyone, Welland in the Niagara Peninsula. I bought 12 land locked acres ( with an officially unopened road allowance) that have not been touched in 40 years. I cleared the areas that are now garden and trailer site. This will be my second growing season. I have got a lot of ideas from this site.
 
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Glad to see other canucks on permies and some sorta close to me (Peterborough).
 
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Hi All

I'm in Kingston right now but come spring I'll start in on working on my 20 acres out in Mallorytown on. Gonna be fun!
 
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Fallon Wilson wrote:Hi peeps, we're new to the perma-culture idea but jumping in with both feet here in London, Ontario.

I am looking for an opportunity to learn more by living/working for an existing farmer/landowner with in Southern Ontario from London to anywhere north to Ottawa, Owen sound areas.


We are developing thirteen acres here near Forest and Arkona (orchard country) and could use some extra hands.
message me if you are still interested and we'll chat.
 
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Ahoy!
I'm entering my second year developing and gardening my family's 75 acres in Warkworth, so a particular how-do-you-do to the nearby folk in Peterborough and Prince Edward.
 
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Location: Durham region - Ontario, Canada - Zone 5
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Regarding the recent replies from those with land. How did you finance it?
 
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Location: Lambton Shores, Ontario. CANADA
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Hello Everyone,

31 year old, that purchased 14 acres a few years back in Lambton Shores that is slowly transforming from a city boy and hoping to become a permie.

Over the next few years I hope to plant some trees, setup a hugelkultur garden, and hopefully a guest cabin/earthship(17x24ft) that will house a thermal mass rocket stove.

As for financing the land unfortunately in my situation the bank would not consider the land in part of the mortgage calculation and would only recognize my property as a 1 acre property while doing the appraisal. So the difference I had to come up with as a down payment. Not sure if anyone else had better luck financing land but I know they would not recognize my land at all.
 
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Hi there,

Im Jake, 16, (17 next week), kid who lives in the city of Toronto. I have worked on organic & biodynamic farms which now it is my dream to be a farmer, only permaculture style.. I invested recently in a $600 course by Gaia College / SOUL, and learned all about the science behind ecosystems, plants, permaculture, etc.

I currently work at farmers markets, landscaping (myself) around the city, walking 1 dog (my "dayoff" hour -- simply walking around); though currently thinking of starting my own business. I love farmers markets, not the biggest fan of the city, and would like to be a homesteader, organic permaculture farmer and eventually have a family with a healthy, hard working , loving wife.
I am very interested in the natural health movement, love to cook, eat, play basketball, do yoga, and other fun stuff. Haven't met any other person my age interested in any of this stuff which is pretty sad. But hopefully things are slowly changing. Lets get back in touch with nature & practice compassion, sympathy and love.

Thats it for now. Hope everyone is awesome and enjoying their practices and studies of sustainable agriculture.

Jake
 
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Laura Jean Wilde wrote:

Fallon Wilson wrote:Hi peeps, we're new to the perma-culture idea but jumping in with both feet here in London, Ontario.

I am looking for an opportunity to learn more by living/working for an existing farmer/landowner with in Southern Ontario from London to anywhere north to Ottawa, Owen sound areas.


We are developing thirteen acres here near Forest and Arkona (orchard country) and could use some extra hands.
message me if you are still interested and we'll chat.



I would love to chat ! Please read my "introduction post" . I am a hard worker with lots of experience! And I am passionate, dedicated and love what I do !

Jake
 
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Greetings Ontario Permies.

Been on this site for a while, but took me some time to find this thread.

Glad to see you all here, and closer to home.

Have a 16 year old, 32 acre Homestead here in Renfrew County. Lots of permaculture projects to offer, as well as being in need of helping hands.

Cheers! K
 
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You can find me in west grey county.
 
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living in guelph. just getting into the permie world of things.
i want to start learning more about guilds and forest gardening. still renting so i am hesistant to get in deep, but eager to learn.
 
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byron murray wrote:living in guelph. just getting into the permie world of things.
i want to start learning more about guilds and forest gardening. still renting so i am hesistant to get in deep, but eager to learn.


I'm regularly going to Guelph. And am building a permaculture farm starting with zone 0 (building my house). I'm looking for people interested in helping out and to share in the permaculture way of learning (by doing). Perhaps you can be a part of our project. Look me up on Instagram. There I'm "PerservingEarth". You can see where I'm at and maybe we could connect. Others are welcome to look me up. It's a public account.
 
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simon,
im at work and it wont let me check out instagram, but I will find a way soon.
I know someone who just got a farm in chatsworth as well and hope to be up around there. it would be nice to meet more folks. im putting out my tendrils to make contact.
 
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just a noob here - im 29- i grew up country and im interested in getting into permaculture and livinig off the land sustainably like our predecessors. i didnt know college courses were available on permaculture. i live in a small community between belleville/kingston/napanee area and i want to collaborate with more permies. i have designed and built my own compact rocket mass heater and i grow tomatoes in the summer- but im just getting started
 
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Admin question..
I tried to give Kate a thumbs up...
But .. when I clicked on it it gave a thumbs down ..??
What am I doing wrong here? Doing this on phone not laptop.
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Max Tanner wrote:Admin question..
I tried to give Kate a thumbs up...
But .. when I clicked on it it gave a thumbs down ..??
What am I doing wrong here? Doing this on phone not laptop.
Cheers



Unless you have pie, which I don't think you do, the thumbs up button just toggles. Press it once to give a thumbs up, and press it again to take that thumbs up away again. It won't actually give a thumbs down. If you have pie, you can give two thumbs up, and there *is* a separate thumbs down feature.
 
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Hi All!
We're near London, ON...there's a nice little community around here We're in the process of selling our half-acre property ( http://permies.com/t/54372/ontario/SALE-Updated-Century-Home-Permaculture ) to move somewhere with more land, but we won't go far. We've got some great stuff in the works for this coming season! We're part of the Carolinian Canada Forest Garden Guild. June 4th and 5th we will host our third annual 3rd Annual Forest Garden Convergence for all things Forest Gardening! The theme this year is "Forest Wisdom" and it is open to everyone if you'd like to attend.

If you're looking for forest gardening plants in Ontario, you can check out my husband's business: Artemesia's Forest Garden Nursery
 
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Hi there Ontario. I'm at you from North WestTerritories. Good to see all the activity. I just wanted to mention I am looking for someone to share my off grid cabin with. This is yearly not part time. I have garden beds greenhouse etc. if your interested contact me russachase@icloud.com
 
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Hello All,

Julie and I are in our low 30's we currently live by Petawawa (2 hours west of Ottawa) we have 2 dogs no kids. We have been gardening here for about 6 years now, started from scratch with tons of sand/clay no silt. We went to the back to eden style of gardening about 3 years ago and are getting some great results. We have raised meat chickens for the past 3 years as well, we would like to try egg layers at some point...

We have been canning and dehydrating for a few years now as well. We do some wildcrafting in the area for different herbs/berries. We always seem to miss the fiddle heads...(trying again this year) We are just getting started on fungus ID as we have mushrooms popping up everywhere in our garden and some of them must be edible. We just planted Seabuckthorn, Haskaps, Currants, and gooseberries last year hopefully they come back. We have a bunch of other perennials that we are establishing as well (edible and non edible) We started saving our own seed 3 years ago, still learning with this... I do have a sweet zucchini on the outside pumpkin on the inside that will attest to the fact that I have a lot to learn... or I'm good at (unintentionally) crossing genetics to create new plant species.

We have a bit of land up in NW On near Rainy River that we plan on retiring on. Right now we are working on establishing perennials and planting trees that we can use for propagation in the future. The property has a south facing hill (its a big gravel deposit so good drainage) that we are hoping to build an earthship style house, we don't want to use the tire method right now we are researching options (a few of my unresearched ideas are using shipping containers filled with earth in place of the tires or using earthbag construction...)

We are interested in any earthbag, cob, rocket mass heater, beekeeping, aquaponics, and tree/shrub grafting workshops in the area. If you are in the area we love trading plants/seeds just let us know.
 
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Hello, from Toronto and developing a summer lot/place in Georgina County. I do a lot of solar cooking and have built other RE projects. Now looking to get my hands dirty with growing. The lot is mostly sand, cedars, and garbage left from the previous owner so this will be interesting. I've started clearing some of the smaller trees and standing dead wood, still lots to cut down. Was only cutting what I could burn so not to leave a fire hazzard but will switch gears and try Hugelkultur. Also am harvesting poles for various building projects. Started a raspberry bed this year and another leaf mulch bed for garlic and onions with various flowers planned to help keep mosquitos away. Planning to do various veg on the hugel mound and an area for pole beans and other vines/runners to attract pollinators and want to add in various other things, fruit trees etc. There is so much info on the site that I'm getting a little carried away!
 
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Hi all.

Just wanted to mention that I, too, am in Ontario. I live in Toronto and have done such backyard-scale things as garden bed vermiculture, a built a hugelbeet, and basically treated my garden as a tiny but intensively managed kitchen garden.

My much better half and I want to relocate to the Brighton/Warkworth/Campbellford area soonest. We're looking to buy a house on some acreage, or just buy some acreage and drop a trailer until I can build a WOFATI.

I don't know that I would call myself a polymath, but I do tend to pick up things, and learning is just something I do when I read, which I do constantly. I am a print finisher and book binder by trade, working for the Peel District School Board at the moment, and if I could find a job, or a couple of jobs, out in the Trent Hills somewhere that could replace my current income, we'd move out there as soon as I could find a piece of land to rent for a trailer and some market gardens.

So hey, if there's anyone in the area that knows of jobs, land, rent-to-own opportunities by permaculture-friendly landowners, or if you just want to say hi, respond in this thread or drop me a Purple Moosage.

On another note, I would love to know if there's any interest in permaculture meetups, perhaps at a pub or bar somewhere, or at someone's place, for Ontario permies. We don't have to live together to act as a community and be of benefit to each other.

-CK
 
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Zach Hartwell wrote:Is there anyone from Bruce County?


I am
 
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Hi Alex: I'm near Wiarton. Where are you?
 
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Near New Liskeard, "Hi," Ontario people!
 
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We are called Pangaea and are located in the Lanark Highlands of Lanark County. Closest town is Perth. Our family of 3 are living on a large acreage with a fair amount of diversity. Some of what we do are plantings, gardens, children's nature program, small scale forest work, fascines and other earthworks/land reclamation, healing ceremonies with native people from the region, experimental biochar, 'waste' cycling and other ecojewel catching & transformation. Pangaea is also a place of spontaneous meeting, learning, visits and refuge. Connecting with the living landscape, and that we are a vital and needed part of it, is very important to us and that everything is not about being "productive". Instead we need to take on a wider sense or definition of productivity--perhaps a la 8 forms of capital. Looking for outlets & venues--especially locally, bioregionally--for my writing and other creative works. Also trying to remember the history of this place and not rushing into things. We aim to tap into local wisdom and skills--including the "hicks" and "rednecks".

Louis Laframboise
 
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Louis Laframboise wrote:We are called Pangaea and are located in the Lanark Highlands of Lanark County. Closest town is Perth. Our family of 3 are living on a large acreage with a fair amount of diversity. Some of what we do are plantings, gardens, children's nature program, small scale forest work, fascines and other earthworks/land reclamation, healing ceremonies with native people from the region, experimental biochar, 'waste' cycling and other ecojewel catching & transformation. Pangaea is also a place of spontaneous meeting, learning, visits and refuge. Connecting with the living landscape, and that we are a vital and needed part of it, is very important to us and that everything is not about being "productive". Instead we need to take on a wider sense or definition of productivity--perhaps a la 8 forms of capital. Looking for outlets & venues--especially locally, bioregionally--for my writing and other creative works. Also trying to remember the history of this place and not rushing into things. We aim to tap into local wisdom and skills--including the "hicks" and "rednecks".

Louis Laframboise



i know that area from driving through to Arnprior to work for an old friend who is no longer alive.  i also remember a big sign along the road somewhere near there that read "EARTHSHIP" and i have considered stopping in more than once on my travels.  i'd like to see how an actual earthship survives winter here in the cold canadian climate.  my place is partially underground but doesnt seem 100% comparable to an actual earthship.
 
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