Hi guys! We're a young professional couple (both lawyers) in Toronto that are looking to transition over time to a homestead lifestyle. Right now we're looking for opportunities to build our knowledge and skill set, build relationships that may lead to a rent-to-own or full sale in time, and share the benefit of the skills that we do have. We're hoping to find that elusive combination of a solid personal relationship, love for the land, and a mutually beneficial business relationship.
A few ideas we've had that have stuck with us:
Agritourism: for a farm that's looking to add an agritourism aspect. We'd design & build a tiny house on the property, which we would use when we're able to escape the city, and manage as an AirBnB when we're not around. If the arrangement works well, it's easily scaled. We're 5-star AirBnB hosts in our own home. We've also got some good connections in the chef world, and experience organizing pop-up dinners - the farm-to-table appeal is strong!
Food Forest/Permaculture Orchard: we're looking to put a lot of theoretical knowledge into practice, but don't have the land for it. We've planted out one small orchard already, but the property is being sold and we won't have the chance to see it through. Low-maintenance perennial and annual crops and flowers can add diversity to your farm, and reduce animal feed bills. Cider production is also possible (see winery below).
Winery: planting and maintaining a vineyard (climate permitting), and launching a small-scale winery. Significant experience as a lawyer for alcohol producers helps here.
Promotional/Sales while we're not experts by any stretch, we can help to develop and implement ways to grow CSA/farm market reach by social media, and build closer relationships with your best and most loyal customers. We can help to build relationships with chefs who'll treat your meat and produce with appropriate reverence.
In a perfect world, some of the above would be a first step towards transitioning the land that you love into the stewardship of people who will continue and build upon your work. It starts with a hello!
We'd also love to talk to folks in similar situations as us, to share ideas on how to find and approach the opportunities that may exist!
Young professional couple in search of opportunities to take stewardship of farmland in Southern & Central Ontario.