6 June 2017, Canada, Ontario, Gananoque, near 1000 Islands. $699.00 Cdn
by Marie-France Hetu
(Gananoque, Ontario, Canada)
Front of house
We have owned this unique farm property since 2003, and everything we have done over the years has been with the intention of becoming self-sufficient and in the process we embarked in a permaculture endeavour. We would like to sell our property to like-minded folks who would continue on this permaculture journey. Please find below a description of the house, surroundings, and farm operation details.
The house is a ranch-style, 3 bedroom, 2,000 sq ft (+ lower level), home with 3 finished levels. It has 2 full baths, office, family room, den, screened porch, hot tub, as well as an open concept dining room, living room and large kitchen - great for entertaining. We are selling the house with all appliances. The fully insulated, heated, 40 X 30 garage is presently used as a workshop. There are also two gardening sheds attached to the garage, handy for all your gardening needs.
The house is nestled among mature trees and landscaped with pollinator, friendly perennials, as well as maple trees tapped for sap in spring. Presently operated as a permaculture farm, daily operations include: the raising of goats, an egg operation, bee keeping, and crop/fruit growing. The property has a 110 ft X 40 ft barn, with tack room, 3 stalls and plenty of room for hay and equipment storage. There are also 2 brand new chicken coops
(30 and 68 chicken capacity), as well as 3 goat shelters.
The 71 acres of fenced land are divided between pasture, crops, vineyard/garden, orchards and frontage down 2 Roads. Crops include the rotation between soy and corn, while we also have a young orchard with apple, apricot, pear, plum, and cherry trees. The tilled vegetable garden is 1500 sq ft., this includes a portion with permanent fruit bushes: raspberry, rhubarb, gooseberry, red and white currant,haskap, and black berry.
Everything works in symbiosis here. We use the horse manure and chicken manure to fertilize the gardens and perennial beds. The bees provide us with honey and pollinate the orchards and gardens. We raise goats, sell the offspring and use the milk for cheese making and soap making for the family. The free-range chickens also provide us with eggs for the family, but also for profit. Crops are sold for profit, hay is used for horses and goats. Vegetable scraps and meal scraps are composted or fed to chickens, dogs, and goats accordingly.
Although our operation is presently geared towards sustainability rather than profit, new owners could easily expand the business and still keep it a permaculture enterprise. For example, this property could easily accommodate 100 + goats for selling milk and cheese on a larger scale or could also accommodate 50 + beehives.
The farm is conveniently located 10 min. from the 401 and Gananoque, 15 minutes for the bridge to the U.S.A. and 30 min. from Kingston and Brockville, 2.5 hours from Toronto or Montreal. This location makes this property easily accessed by potential clients and centrally located for importing and exporting goods and services.