At Little City Farm we are consciously choosing a simpler, earth-based lifestyle. Even though we live near the downtown of a busy city, we can choose to create a peaceful slowed-down life here on our little homestead. Simpler does not mean less work. In fact, our homestead is a busy place, with many daily tasks and chores to be done in order to keep the homestead thriving. Simpler living for us means choosing to do these projects and tasks ourselves rather than paying for outside resources; reducing our consumption by reusing and repurposing goods for our family & homestead; using permaculture principles to make decisions; and involving our children in the various projects that keep our homestead running.
Through our homestead we are able to become more active producers in our society, rather than simply being passive consumers. Not only does this save money but also gives purpose and direction to our days. We work with the seasons and incorporate natural cycles into our weekly routines so we build greater connection to the earth. We choose less energy-intensive options for our home (including bicycle transportation, hand-powered tools, solar powered greenhouse). Simpler living for us also means quality time spent with friends & family, and working at creating deep connections to the people and place where we live. We are intentionally not on email every day, and have minimal screen time for our kids, because we value time spent together outdoors, reading or playing games together as a family, and lots of real conversation.
We grow much of our own food year-round by using our gardens, greenhouse, and sprouting systems. We raise chickens for eggs and to incorporate their waste into our gardens. We grow a vast number of medicinal herbs and make many of the home remedies needed for basic first aid and general family health, as well as teaching others how to prepare simple home remedies for their own households. We use permaculture principles when making decisions, are continuing to re-skill ourselves (and our community through our hands-on classes) so that we can be more resourceful, and have offered hundreds of DIY classes, simple retreats and farm-stays here for the past 10 years in order to share our simple living lifestyle with others. We are continuing to develop our home economy through the classes we teach, herbal goods, soaps, seedlings and other products we offer.
Little City Farm 508 Duke St W, Kitchener, ON N2H 3Y8 Tel: 519-575-9174 info (at) littlecityfarm.ca