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Permaculture on Pelee Island Project

Lacy VanCam

Joined: Sep 23, 2011
Posts: 42
Hello fellow Permies,
My hubby and I are thinking about relocating to Pelee Island and creating a Food Forest Farm. I am trying to make a business plan but I am new to this. Does anyone have any experience getting a proposal together to start a farm. I have a vision, but I am not sure how to translate that into dollars and cents. We have found some affordable land, but we need to know how much capitol we will need to get this project started.
Any info that might help (even a little) would be appreciated. Thanks everyone!
Cory Allan

Joined: Sep 03, 2011
Posts: 60
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sounds like a potential Orca Island North (of Bullock Brothers fame). I can't help you with the business plan, but I wish you luck. Sounds like a fantastic opportunity. We love Pelee Island, we camp there almost every summer. A beautiful place. I look forward to stopping by one day and check it out.
Lacy VanCam

Joined: Sep 23, 2011
Posts: 42
Thanks! I hope everything works out! Loads of planning from here on out.
Dale Hodgins

Joined: Jul 28, 2011
Posts: 5501
Location: Victoria British Columbia-Canada
Pelee island is Canada's most southerly inhabited place. It is near the center of Lake Erie. Roughly the same latitude as Mt. Shasta California. It has some of central Canada's mildest climate. Only Coastal BC and a thin strip along the Southern shore of Lake Ontario have milder winter conditions. That part of Ontario is at the Northern extreme of the Carolinan forest zone.

Our absolute most southerly point is a pointy mud flat/sandbar on Middle Island which lies a few miles south of Pelee. It is part of a park system and is inhabited by many birds.

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Lacy VanCam

Joined: Sep 23, 2011
Posts: 42
Thanks for the information, I have actually been researching Pelee for a while now, so I am well aware that it has maybe the best growing climate in Ontario. I currently am located about an hour away from Lake Erie and have spent countless hours on the shores.
On my blog,, I outline what the grand plan is.
As for information I am looking for some help figuring out how to plan for the start up of our farm. I have never started a business, never mind a farm. We are working on our urban lot, but a farm is a much larger scale and I need guidance....
Tyler Ludens

Joined: Jun 25, 2010
Posts: 5751
Location: Central Texas USA Latitude 30 Zone 8
A couple books I like about farming for money are "The New Organic Grower" by Eliot Coleman and "You Can Farm" by Joel Salatin.

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Lacy VanCam

Joined: Sep 23, 2011
Posts: 42
Thanks, a good book recommendation is always a step in the right direction. Cheers!
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