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dan collins


Joined: Apr 22, 2012
Posts: 41
Location: Nova Scotia
Hi everyone, I'm new to this site and new to nova scotia. Moved to right coast from BC last summer, would like to find some fellow permies in nova scotia to exchange ideas. Victoria was such a diferent climate to Upper Stewiacke where I bought a small farm, and have been feeling a little lost in adjusting to the later frosts...etc. Just finished my first hugelkultur and hope to do much more. Hope to hear from you fellow permies.


Experiment, invent, build, grow, share....lead by example people!!!
Willy Kerlang


Joined: Apr 29, 2011
Posts: 106
Hi Disco, I'm in NS too (South Shore). There are a few of us on here. You can also check out maritimegardening.com, which is not really about permaculture necessarily, but a growing place to network with other Maritimers. Welcome to paradise.
dan collins


Joined: Apr 22, 2012
Posts: 41
Location: Nova Scotia
Hi Willy thanks for replying to me, and thanks for the tip to the maritime garden site. Nice to know that there are a few of us around, yet to meet anyone anyone in my area that has even has an idea what permaculture is, very few even seem to respect organic practices. Have recieved many funny looks or rolled eyes. I toured the south shore abit when visiting a couple years back, very beautiful.
Jonathan Byron


Joined: Apr 16, 2011
Posts: 225
I own land on Cape Breton, but am living in the US currently.

P3 is offering a PDC course near Baddeck in June, 2013. http://www.p3permaculture.ca/NS_June_PDC.html

Have y'all spoken with these folks: http://www.novascotiapermaculture.net/ ??
Scotia Scott


Joined: Mar 23, 2010
Posts: 9
Location: Laurentians, Quebec (zone 3b)
You'll likely find lots of permie kin at this event too, should be happening again this summer at the farm there in Tatamagouche:

http://freeschool.fairtrademedia.com/
pete mac sween


Joined: Jan 21, 2013
Posts: 7
Wow I envy all of you folks I grew up in Cape Breton but now live in Toronto due to the fact there is not much employment in that area. Maybe someday I will move back but for now am stuck here in Ontario. Good luck finding what you need there because most folks are not open to change or different ways of doing things, but that is simply my own opinion and experience. There are lots of people that will help you out but you just need to find them. Here is a link to NC State University and 38 seperate classes on a wide variety of permaculture issues ranging from introduction, soil, site analysis, design, trees, composting, water catchment etc.. Hope this is of some help, if nothing else it just might give you some ideas.
pete mac sween


Joined: Jan 21, 2013
Posts: 7
OOOPPSS....Forgot to add the link
http://mediasite.online.ncsu.edu/online/Catalog/Full/f5a893e74b7c4b7980fd52dcd1ced71521/?state=X6km6MWxet0Fow8uljpu
Vern Faulkner


Joined: Jan 01, 2013
Posts: 35
Southwest New Brunswick here - trying to ease off-grid, towards permaculture, in the next few years.
Heather Holm


Joined: May 13, 2011
Posts: 7
Location: Nova Scotia
The Blockhouse School Project on the South Shore near Mahone Bay, http://www.theblockhouseschool.org/, is transforming an abandoned school and 6 acres into a model for how to become more self-sufficient and sustainable, which includes permaculture.

We're running our second PDC in May-June 2013 taught by Graham Calder of P3 Permaculture, who is moving to Antigonish right now. We're also fundraising so we can meet Dep't of Environment regulations regarding the septic (much as we'd love to put in a greywater system, there is no "greywater" in Nova Scotia, and it will take years to change the rules, and we're much too public a project to try to get around it).

We have a few hoops to jump through before we can own the property, but we're doing what we can in the meantime.
Heather Holm


Joined: May 13, 2011
Posts: 7
Location: Nova Scotia
There's also a Facebook group called Permaculture, Sustainable Farming & Off-Grid Nova Scotia at http://www.facebook.com/groups/130703066110/
Anne Murphy


Joined: Dec 02, 2013
Posts: 5
Location: Nova Scotia
Hello from the valley.. we acquired an abandon farm, and are working on moving in and cleaning it up.. with the hope of being self sufficient and sustainable in the future.

Thanks for the links
dan collins


Joined: Apr 22, 2012
Posts: 41
Location: Nova Scotia
Thanks for post the posts and links everyone. Sounds like there are more of us than I though, excellent.

Permies travelling in the Truro area, contact me I would love to give a tour of what we up to here at Backwards Brook Farm, Upper Stewiacke.

Andreae Callanan


Joined: Feb 13, 2014
Posts: 9
Location: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada zone 5b
Hi everyone! I'm in Newfoundland, but I'm going to post here so I can keep up-to-date on any exciting happenings in NS - there aren't generally any PDC opportunities here, but traveling to NS to study wouldn't be impossible. I'm planning to visit Halifax for a short time this spring or summer, and I would love to take in a permaculture workshop or two if I can make it work. Fingers crossed!
James Wheeler


Joined: Nov 25, 2013
Posts: 11
I'm coming home from Maui this summer to take the P3 permaculture design course in Antigonish. I fly in around the 15th of May. Are any of you interested in seed sharing and work trade?

I really want to practice building rocket stoves of all kinds, Natural building and pond construction.
James Wheeler


Joined: Nov 25, 2013
Posts: 11
Forgot to mention I am working on 7 acres of land outside of Oxford and living in Amherst.
Jennifer Surrette


Joined: May 03, 2013
Posts: 1
Hi everyone,

I'm currently living in Halifax. My partner and I are looking to buy land in the Windsor to Stewiacke area to start a farm/homesteading. I've been studying permaculture on my own for a couple of years and just took my PDC in May/June (James was there too...hi James!). I've been experimenting in my backyard for many years and there's little room left for anything else. I'm interested in growing perennial vegetables, mushrooms (in a food forest), and medicinal herbs/plants. I'm learning about beekeeping now. It's comforting to know there are like-minded people in the province.
dan collins


Joined: Apr 22, 2012
Posts: 41
Location: Nova Scotia
Thanks for the post Jennifer. You sound to be in the same situation as me proir to moving to the Stewiacke Valley. We love it here and recently discovered many more homesteader/permie minded people in the upper Stewiacke area.

We found we lucked out with the farm we chose as we are close to (5k) gas, mail, groceries, part-time employment and bank. This has saved us many hours and gas $. Aswell having a small home and wood heat allows us to be warm without large heat bill.
Fallon Wilson


Joined: Jan 10, 2013
Posts: 7
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Hey everyone, we are making serious plans to purchase land in NS this winter/Spring and wondering about concerns like strict building codes, areas to avoid etc. Ive bookmarked the posted links after checking them out. We are coming from Ontario and will be Tiny Homing it in a converted Bus RV until we can build our home in NS. We are travelling to various festivals and events to vend my partners art work, jewlellry etc and breaking the chain of city life for good.
Jeff Higgins


Joined: May 16, 2013
Posts: 5
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
The North Shore area(Tatamagoughe) is a very diverse and eclectic area, if you are looking for opportunities. Besides the free school put on by the waldengrave community, I know of Biodynamic farmer who is attempting to form an intentional "commun"ity with a relatively low buy in to his farm. If you are organic and preparing for self sufficiency ie Prepping there is also a possibility for cheap land or assocation with that group. Build your own tiny home etc. there are Cob homes, organic homesteaders and generally a free spirit in the area.
Christine Fedora


Joined: Jan 09, 2013
Posts: 6
Hi, I was living in Upper Stewiacke for 10 years, slowly working towards my permaculture and self sustaining goals. Last March we moved to Cape Breton. Now I am looking for like minded people in my area. There are a ton of amazing, like minded people in Upper Stewiacke. If you haven't done so already go in to Cochrane family farm.
 
 
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