About Us

Peter Allemang Erin Gundy Bird's Nest Garden Farm
Peter Allemang and Erin Gundy steward Bird’s Nest Garden Farm north of Wiarton, Ontario. Polka Dot Hen Produce is Erin’s market gardening venture. (This picture is from The Healing Arc)

We are both kids from suburbia. It’s not a bad place to grow up, but as a young married couple living in the core of Kitchener, we hankered for nature and quiet.

The Bruce Peninsula was our favourite place to holiday. Every chance we could get away this is where we would come to hike, camp, birdwatch and swim. Working with the Bruce Trail, we bought this property in the late 1990’s and started to plan the house.

Living off-grid in rural Ontario teaches you to pay attention to the world around you. Sometimes there’s a gentle breeze, sometimes snow blowing sideways across the field. We share this landscape with black flies, black bears and black ice; all in their season.

Through our adventures, we’ve learned about growing fresh produce, eco-building, raising chickens  and lambs and off-grid living. The list of things we’d like to learn grows and grows as we explore permaculture design, improving our soil, silvopasture and producing nutrient dense vegetables. We continue to tweak our homestead and garden designs to better work with nature.

We’d love to share what we’ve learned (both the good and the bad!) with you. We’d also love to learn what you have to share as well.

 

 

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