Education, Innovation and Production to bring back the WOW into real food.
Purchased as s conventional orchard.
3 years of transition towards organic.
We become a OCIA certified organic orchard.
4 years of certified organic production.
Deep realization that even an organic orchard remains a monoculture.
In early 2002, a nursery of 2,000 fruit trees was established to replant the orchard in a permaculture design.
Tripled the trees in the nursery.
Total loss of nursery trees, 2 years of lost work!
Planted the largest permaculture orchard in Canada.
Tripled the permaculture orchard, added plastic mulch and irrigation to the first permaculture planting.
Added plastic mulch and irrigation to the second permaculture planting, added berries, flowers and vegetables.
Fruit production began in the first permaculture planting – patience rewarded!
With hopes for the first large harvest, a late frost in May killed the fruit tree buds leading to a near total loss.
Year of abundance for apples, pears, plums, cherries, berries – Ah, finally!
Almost no tree fruits, but best year for small fruits!
Abundance of everything. Lots and lots of apples, pears, berries and herbs – Ah, the pleasure of walking in this garden of Eden, yours to discover!