About

White Tree Farm represents a dream that we have held for some twenty five years now: a place in the country.

We’ve lived in many places in both Canada and around the world but have always found Central Elgin and Port Stanley to represent home to us. We’ve had a place in Port Stanley since 2008 and when we learned a 30 acre farm was for sale nearby, we jumped at the opportunity. It is our goal to re-establish a small-scale farm on the property.

We named it White Tree Farm after the birch tree that stands at the front of the property.

Manifesto

It is our hope that White Tree Farm will evolve in the following stages:

  • Stage 1 – Initially we want to feed ourselves and our family from our land while providing a peaceful place to work, play and create art.
  • Stage 2 – As we grow and learn, we want to establish local markets for products to offset our expenses and create a profit, but also to donate a percentage to charities and the less fortunate.
  • Stage 3 – Finally, as we become more confident, we want to provide education and support to the local/regional food and artisan community.

As we progress on this journey, we will use the following to guide our decision making:

  • Food will be an important part of every day, keeping our resources as close as possible to where we live, growing food sustainably and building healthy soil.
  • We will farm using current information, but relying on organic methods used in the past for growing crops and raising livestock, preserving rare breeds whenever possible.
  • We will look to minimize our energy footprint as well, looking at concepts like net-zero housing and renewables.
  • Wherever possible, we will build using natural building materials and methods that are beautiful, non-toxic and have a minimum impact on the environment.
  • We will emphasize quality instead of quantity.
  • We will target for simplicity in what we own and how we live. The things in our lives should be both beautiful and useful.
  • We will protect our watershed from pollution.

Updates

2017 Freeman Family Picnic

Robin and I were happy to host the 2017 edition of her mother’s family picnic at White Tree Farm on Sunday August 27. The picnic has been a tradition of the Freeman family for over 100 years. We had a perfect day weather-wise and over 40 people turned out to enjoy good food and conversation.