Garden Space to Share – Lombardy ON

Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada

1 acre or less

About

Message
  • Opportunity available:
  • Mentoring
  • Business partnership
  • Available facilities and equipment:
  • Housing
  • Preferred arrangement model:
  • Lease
  • MOU
  • Partnership
  • Available acreage:
  • 1 acre or less
  • Soil type on farm:
  • Sandy loam
  • Current farming practices:
  • Ecological production, but not certified
  • Biodynamic
  • Current land use:
  • Market garden
  • Hay or pasture
  • Fallow
  • Woodlot
  • Vegetables
  • Not in use
  • Preferred farming experience for farmer:
  • No preference
  • Desired farming practices by a new farmer:
  • Ecological production but not certified
  • Biodynamic
  • Agricultural products I am interested being cultivated on my property:
  • Field crops (grains or beans)
  • Vegetables
  • Flowers
  • Years experience of new farmer:
  • No preference

Farm description

I have 7 acres with at least 500 square feet of non certified organic garden to share with a like minded gardener/market farmer. I switched to no-till 3 years ago and have begun permaculture with the addition of some fruit trees/shrubs. I have been growing garlic, flowers and vegetables for over 10 years using organic practices with great success, the soil is deep and fertile. Mostly I have used 'dry gardening techniques' with heavy mulching and raising up the beds. There is a very effective rainwater collecting system in place for hand watering but I don't seem to need it often. I have a background in horticulture and consider myself to be a responsible land steward and good neighbor. This year I am shifting my focus from garlic and veg to native plants and property maintenance/development. I can tarp part or all of the garden or let a like minded gardener use it in exchange for some help with projects or cash. I am also very interested in developing a native plants nursery business and would consider working on this goal with the right business partner. I have a spare room that can be rented as part of our arrangement but my residence is in Smiths Falls 15 minutes from the farm. Presently there are no buildings on the farm, a small cabin is going to be built there this Spring (the cement pad is poured and the logs are on sight) help to build it is already arranged. Last year I had a machine operator do a little spring cleaning, add a gated entrance and move some shade trees to the road front. It's exciting to see it all coming together. I plan to have more buildings, improved composting, a well and a high tunnel in near future. The header is a photo of one of two established gardens.

Farm opportunity

At least 500 square feet of non certified organic gardens to share with a like minded gardener/market farmer. High ground not prone to early frost, gardens are on a gentle slope facing South. I am also very interested in developing a native plants nursery business and would consider working on this goal with the right business partner. I have a spare room that can be rented as part of our arrangement or separately.