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Meaford
All Year: all year
Area (ha): 57
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 39453
Region: Ontario

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Last Updated: March 28, 2020

MARCH 28 UPDATE: we are booked with friends' visits and will be keeping a low profile for the next 2 months. Depending on the situation, we may request all guests self-quarantine in the trailer accommodations for several days to limit direct contact.

Existing farm activities continue as we devote additional resources for the house build this year!?

The farm was established in 2014. It is 2/3rds forested, and 1/3rd fields.

Learn how permaculture (ecological design) is being incorporated into our farm and house build:
* growing our forest garden (2ac or 0.8ha)
* cultivating shiitake and oyster mushrooms, plant and graft trees (April-May)
* picking berries (July)
* harvesting apples (October)

* optimizing our energy, water, and fertility systems
* harvest and table at occasional farmers' markets
* participate in workshops and community projects

I have a permaculture design certificate and specialize in forest gardening, wild and edible plants, mushroom cultivation, site design, water systems, social permaculture, and many more.

Expectations are for guests to help 4h/day which flexes depending on weather, farm task, or leisure activity. We usually cook meals together. For guest stays over 2 weeks we may have additional opportunities available depending on your interest and experience.

I consider every guest as a member of my extended Meaford 'family.' Many guests appreciate my personal attention in incorporating variety into their experiences, or just having someone around to chat if they wish. In addition to the many projects on the farm and house build, I have a number of projects throughout the area so you will have a chance to learn about more permaculturizing places.

We are blessed with natural beauty and opportunities for hiking, swimming, and kayaking. We have an off-grid trailer with beds or summer tenting, propane appliances, and basic electricity. Accommodations inside the house will be available as house interior construction progresses. We are very close to town and community-minded folks who enjoy live music, reskilling workshops, and film screenings. I try to source local, healthy, and ecologically grown food. I eat meat occasionally and am adaptable to vegans.

More information and pics on our website.

In your reply, let me know what interests you, and where you are coming from and when in the event I may be able to find you a ride. Thanks for visiting and look forward to connecting!

Ivan

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