Homestead Events

Baby Goat Cuddles and Play

There’s not much that soothes the soul like sweet baby goats. Our first kids of the season have arrived and they’re ready to play.

Managed Woodlot Tour with Auren

Every Sunday Afternoon, Auren takes a walk through our managed woodlot to enjoy the comfort of the forest and hones his plans for ensuring the long term sustainability and productivity of the woodlot. Biodiversity is the first priority of our forest plan, but so is using the woodlot to teach about ecology and forest management, as well as producing fuelwood and lumber for the homestead. If you’re interested in the trees and how we’re managing our resources, Auren would love to take you along and show you around.

Spring Forest Ecology Walk

The first green to emerge in the forest…

Backyard Chickens

Are you thinking about getting some chickens? Chickens are a homestead staple regardless of the size of your yard. They provide eggs, meat, entertainment, and are a fantastic way to reduce food waste. There are a lot of myths surrounding backyard chickens these days. Some concerns are unfounded, but there are some important things to know before you go ahead and set a coop up.

In this workshop you’ll learn how to choose the best breed for your needs, how to house and feed chickens, as well as the care required to make sure that keeping chickens is a fun and rewarding experience.

Homesteading 101

Tour our homestead and get the truth and philosophy of getting back to the land.

Garden Composting and Hugelkultur

Gardening on the Canadian Shield in central Ontario can be a big challenge if you don’t already have an abundance of fertile soil. That means we’re tasked with building fertility with whatever resources are available. Understanding the nutrient cycle and how the ecology constantly renews itself is key to building soil for our garden beds and successful growing seasons. We use hugelkultur beds for our gardens, which utilize woody waste to kick-start a deep raised garden bed. Once the beds are established, they’re kept topped up with new organic materials that feed the microbiome of the soil and encourage all manners of mycelium, arthropods, and microorganisms to move in and thrive. In this workshop, we’ll talk about the advantages of hugelkultur and how to be creative and resourceful to keep our beds topped up. We’ll also discuss good composting habits and techniques to ensure that every last bit of available organic matter can be used to grow our next crop.