Who we are
We are an off-grid, queer-positive homesteading community, using permaculture principles to live in harmony with our natural surroundings. We are located on 140 acres of forest on the North Mountain of the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, on the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq nation. There are currently six residents living here year-round.
Our mission is to create a safe, healthy, peaceful community in which members can live together, fostering an environment of egalitarianism and personal development. We also aim to steward the land in a sustainable manner, one that allows members to provide for their food, fuelwood, and water needs collectively, while improving the fertility and biodiversity of the land.
We produce most of our own food from our own vegetable gardens and livestock that we raise on a small scale, which currently includes goats, ducks, and chickens. To increase self-sufficiency and long-term resilience, we employ permaculture design principles while reducing our dependence on complex and precarious technologies.
Our homes and outbuildings are built using traditional timber-frame construction, with timbers milled on-site and sourced from our own land and neighbouring property. Building foundations are a combination of poured concrete and slip-form masonry, bermed into the mountainside and primarily south-facing to maximize passive solar gain. Rainwater is collected from the roof and stored in concrete cisterns built into the foundation, providing for our water needs year-round.