Our permaculture gardens are:

  • Raised beds
  • No-till
  • Several beds are hugelkultur mounds, as popularized and researched by Sepp Holzer. Right here at Greenshire we have one of the largest collections of Hugelkultur mounds in Canada. There are seven mounds each 4 feet wide x 50 feet long, plus several smaller mounds.
  • Forest gardens
  • We have ~2 acres in garden beds and beginning food forests, and ~3 acres in nut trees
  • 35 fruit trees including apple, pear, peach, nectarine, cherry, persimmon, plus some grape vines
  • In Fall 2010, we planted 100 native trees and bushes donated by the Stream Stewardship Council. Many are food-bearing types including black walnut, various berries such as high-bush cranberry and much more.
  • In Spring 2012, we planted 69 nut trees, including hazelnut, almond, japanese walnut aka heartnut, sweet chestnut, pecan, korean pine nut (all cold-hardy varieties) and 1,500 asparagus crowns.
  • Our plans include planting various hardy types of nuts, incorporated into the food forests, as well as berries and more orchard fruits.

All our gardens are cared for using only environmentally friendly means in as sustainable a way as possible: using minimal amounts of water; maximizing soil use and protecting it from burnout; turning animal wastes into natural fertilizers instead of environmental pollutants; natural pest control.

People come from many places for tours to see what we’re doing here.  We were one of the destinations for the City of Kawartha Lakes’ annual Farmfest self-directed driving tour, in Fall 2010, 2011 and 2012.  You can see some photos here.

If you missed Farmfest, we offer agri-tainment tours on Sundays, 1pm and 3pm, or on other days by appointment. See our unique permaculture gardens, natural horsemanship demonstrations, an introduction to equine-assisted learning (non-riding personal development for people!), Shiitake mushroom log operation, butterfly garden, and meet our pet potbellied pigs Smiley and Gloria. We have synthetic-chemical-free produce for sale. See our Events page for details.

If you are interested in learning how to live sustainably and beyond, if you’d like to learn environmentally friendly ways of providing for your own basic needs, if you’re thinking about taking a permaculture design course but are undecided, then take our Intro To Permaculture course.

Read more about our permaculture growing methods here.


No-till garden beds – July 2010