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What are we looking for in our dream farm? Well, we thought we'd let you know, just in case you stumble across something that looks like it and feel inclined to give us a call! 

We have dreamed and schemed and made lists  of the human and agricultural aspects of a farm/home/land that are important to us. Much of this is also inspired by reading and learning from "A Pattern Language" by Christopher Alexander et al., "The Permaculture Handbook" by Peter Bane, "Making Small Farms Work" by Richard Perkins, Mary Oliver, and others. 


- Acreage; 5 cleared acres min. with woodlot, ideally total acreage of 30 acres min.


- House; the aesthetic characteristics of a home are very important to us, we are looking for a home with character, clean old bones and natural materials (e.g .wood floors not laminate) that can be renovated ($150,000 or less) or a home that has already been restored ~$325,000 or less. We are searching for a home that most closely fits our tastes to minimize waste in renovation/restoration.

- Space for a courtyard area and kitchen garden


- Outbuilding(s) or cleared space to build; tool & product storage, small animal housing. Solid, straight lines, no sagging, clean

- Water: ideally running water as a river, stream or brook, pond is also desirable

- Clear space with potential access to water and power to build greenhouse(s)

- Pasture for animals

- Naturalized space

- Mature trees

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Areas of interest

- Nova Scotia: Annapolis, Queens, Kings, Hants, and Lunenburg counties


Must Haves (non negotiable)

- Zoning and bylaws OK for farming and, if needed, building
- Arable soil; loam ideal, minimal rocks, fertile, topsoil
- Low risk of fire, tornado, flood
- Minimal erosion
- Minimal noise pollution; no airport, highway, factory/industrial operations, major developments nearby 

- Buffer between any conventional/GMO farming operations
- Minimal visual and light pollution

- Minimal run-off, dust, odours from surrounding sites
- Land survey available; clear property lines
- Water in natural landscape; prioritize running water over lake, pond or wetland 
- Road access; property bordering a public road not landlocked by other private property
- Partially wooded, partially cleared/arable

- Water; well, drinking, farm and household use, irrigation capacity

- Near post office

- Internet access


Desirables (negotiable)

- 4b or warmer hardiness zone 

- Approximately 132 frost free days (or more)

- Proximity to a town/city/market; 1 hour max. 30 min or less ideal

- Not previously sprayed or under high input conventional agricultural production 

- Privacy; trees, space...
- Pleasant view 

- Level and/or gentle south facing slope, some rolling hills ok especially in pasture and meadow land
- Established food bearing trees
- Potential to forage/harvest plants

- Non-polluting activities in headwaters
- Phone; mobile reception

- Existing fruits/berries, alley cropping trees, nuts, medicinals


- Cost per unit ($/acre)

- Potential for long term land preservation/trust

- Soil tests

- Economic and emotional health of community; schools, public works, hospital, fire department, landfills, shops

- Local tradespeople

- Local health and maternity care

- Proximity of abattoir/butcher

- Proximity of  veterinarian

- Proximity of (farm) mechanic and supply

- Proximity of car service

- Community political leaning

- Reconciliation and colonialism; current and historical land use


- Near community of family, friends, mentors, other young farmers, farmers' markets, local shops

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