There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and explore. From our humble beginnings in 2004, we have been pretty busy on our little farm.
We hope you enjoy our site and take a moment to drop us a line.
We are High Spirits Farm and Learning Centre. Proud members of the Ecological Farmers of Ontario, and National Farmers Union.
We offer a CSA Community Supported Agricultural program) to a smaller membership of local families.
For more details on our farm gardens programming, check out our ‘from the gardens page! 💚🌱
Living in a 122 year old farm cottage, we often think about the history of this place. Not just the families that came before us, but of the land. We are stewards of this land, we cannot forget that we are privileged to be connected to the traditional and ancestral lands of the Anishinabek.
We focus on Canadian and heritage breeds for our livestock, heirloom and rare seeds for our gardens. Native plants are cherished and protected, and we are encouraging the return of many that were lost in this area.
We have a lot of little souls who depend on us . Our horses, our little trip of goats, our chickens, our hardworking LGD who watches over them, and our kitties both house and ones in foster. We follow the five freedoms by the humane society, but strive to move beyond. How can we create a space that can give each species room to express their natural behaviours in a healthy and truly holistic system? The animals and birds give us so much, it is the least we can do.
We here at High Spirits Farm love to participate and help in community building projects. One big project last year Laura helped with (being an artist herself of course), was to be part of a group in establishing the very first Art in the Park in Pontypool. Plans are happening for the second annual! Also, as a participant in the Rolling Hills Studio Tour on Canada day weekend this year, it’s a great opportunity to visit Laura in her studio.
Art classes will resume soon, and later workshops and events planned.
We made a point in 2021 to register our farm with an environmental farm plan. Since 2004 we have worked tirelessly to clean up this little neglected farm. Replacing broken fences, hauling junk and hazardous things to the dump, rebuilding exhausted soil, and trying to always leave it better than we found it. ..but the plan showed us we still had some items to address. Plus a plan forward.
Almost 20 years without a single pesticide, many ups and downs...we notice positive changes on our little farm. the birds and wildlife returning, the land beginning to heal.
This was the theme of a farming conference. To foster Curiousity and the love of Learning.
Hence, we decided to add the words ‘learning centre’ to our farm. We are constantly learning, asking questions, seeking knowledge and wanting to share with our members and community. We are curious and want to learn about things too. Such as.....
Our 1,000 plant challenge. Just one of many a fascinating learning journey......
Speaking of Community....
It seems like a natural progression as we care for heritage plants and grow them out, that we also take time to save our precious seeds.
Our future goal is to create a seed library for our community. We want to support a space where people can save, share, grow and return seeds for others to try. We also are one of many who grow out and save seeds for Seeds of Diversity Canada for their collections. Sometimes we are really successful with a grow out, sometimes it’s a challenge with some of the older seeds.
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