I'm from the Ottawa area and that's where I'm living now. This spring I bought 120 acres near Merrickville with the intention of starting a homestead there. My first project is to build a yurt this fall so I'll have a shelter and can spend some real time on the land in the coming year. Anybody who might be interested in watching or participating in the building process is welcome to PM me. I've never built a yurt before, but have a modicum of handiness.
Any other permies in the area in the last 7 years? Always planned to create a food forest at home but covid really kicked it into high gear for us. Want to use my 3.8 acre in carleton place area to become calorie and nutrient self sufficient. Would love to trade various food forest species with locals but im just getting started.
Chris Gordon wrote:Any other permies in the area in the last 7 years? Always planned to create a food forest at home but covid really kicked it into high gear for us. Want to use my 3.8 acre in carleton place area to become calorie and nutrient self sufficient. Would love to trade various food forest species with locals but im just getting started.
Howdy! Our closing date on our very miniature "homestead" will be in late June. It is about 0.5 acres and is closer to Greely. We're transplanted apartment dwellers from Toronto and are looking forward to growing as much food as we can in the coming years. Work and budget restrictions limited us to this size and location, but maybe as we learn, grow and save we will be able to take on more in the future. We won't be in a place to trade for a few years probably but it's lovely knowing there are like minded folks in the region.
Hi Ottawa people, I'm doing a similar thing in the suburbs of Ottawa. We have a decent sized city lot and a small house so we have been gradually converting our grass to a food forest (front yard) and raised garden beds (back yard). We started on it a couple years ago but like Chris, the lockdown accelerated things. So far it's been reasonably successful but struggling a bit to find resources and like-minded people in the area. Although my neighbours are supportive, it's pretty much just lawns and flower beds around here.
I just thought I would introduce myself and maybe we can help each other out as our gardens/farms progress. Some of my fruit bushes are starting to get mature enough to try to propagate more. If that's successful, I'm happy to share as much as I can in the future. I'm also happy to share lists of what plants have worked well for me here. I'm trying to add more perennial varieties every year on top of the typical annual veg gardens. I'd love to hear what's working well and if you come across any great resources in the area.
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