Not too long ago, William and Terry owned a small city farm on half an acre of land in Cumberland, British Columbia, but the increasing urban sprawl and lack of connection with Mother Nature and the Wild Community had them dreaming of a more resilient and holistic life. It wasn’t long before they decided to sell their home along with most of their possessions and hit the road in a 25-foot travel trailer to make their dreams come true. Four months later, they found themselves a long way from home on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and the stewards of 74 acres of forested land. They’re all about “rewilding” the land, allowing nature to lead the way in all of their endeavors. Their approach includes aspects of off-grid living and homesteading, such as natural design and permaculture practices. William and Terry grow non-certified organic vegetables on about one acre of cultivated land in a no-till raised bed system. They also raise pastured livestock on a small scale, including heritage-breed pork, dairy goats, and poultry. Heavy machinery is never used in the gardens to keep precious soil life intact. A bandsaw mill offers rough-cut lumber sales, raised garden beds, and hand-crafted wood designs. Holistic learning opportunities are also available, including volunteer and apprenticeship programs, a year-long immersion school, workshops, and other artisan designs. All livestock is harvested on-site and sold through the Farm Gate Sales program of Nova Scotia; other products, including fresh produce and eggs, are available for purchase through the on-site farm stand.
Blessed to have Will and Terry as neighbours, and as food providers. There farm is an oasis and a treasure.