“We are not farmers, but dream of reducing our footprint, living off the land, and eating what we grow. Like so many people out there, it’s a struggle paying to live nowadays.”
Robin and Ted have a lot going on. Ted works in IT and Robin is an Educational Assistant. Together, they care for five other people: their two young kids as well as aging parents with long-term health issues.
So, what brought this couple to buying a sprawling and neglected farm property?
“I’m sure some people would consider us completely insane to be taking on a giant project like a run-down old farm on top of caring for five other people. But, as we get older we have realized that we only get one shot at this life, and we don’t want to waste this second half of our lives living with any regrets. Our new motto has become, It’s now or never, so let’s do it!”
“We happened upon this farm and bought it sight unseen. She sure needs work, as she’s a dilapidated mess, but from the ashes, we see an amazing opportunity.”
A farm that just needs a bit of TLC
Located about 30 minutes from Bancroft, Ontario, the 96-acre property offers nature, forest, and cleared acreage for farming. Robin affectionately describes a farm that is in a state of beautiful disarray – for now.
“Right now, she’s not a pretty girl, but she has potential. The 1800’s farmhouse is in a sad state and will have to be demolished. We were told it would be more expensive to repair the foundation than to rebuild the entire building – basically there’s a stream running through it.”
“It has absolutely stunning views, but is woefully neglected.”
“There are large, fenced sections of pasture, and lots and lots of acreage for farming. There is a well with a working hand pump, as well as about 40 acres of forest. There are stunning views of the highlands and a lake, and it is very quiet and private. Palmer Rapids is a very small village with only a grocery store and community center, but nearby is Bancroft with lots of shops and restaurants.”
Calling tiny home owners
Robin and Ted hope to find some like-minded tiny home owners with off-grid homes to come live on the farm. They are looking for people who need a place to park their wheels and are willing to contribute to building up the farm in lieu of paying rent. Rather than charging rent to the tenants, the couple plans to set up AirBNB rentals on the farm to bring in the income needed to pay for the project.
“We are looking for enthusiastic, hardworking people who can live on the farm rent-free, and help us build the farm back up from its neglected state. Different people have different skills, and we’re interested in all kinds. There’s something for everyone. We want to give people the opportunity to grow their own vegetables, raise communal chickens, or maybe even try making their own goat cheese or try their hand at bee keeping!”
“We’re open to ideas! “
“We’re very excited to meet like-minded people who are interested in living off the land, working as a team, collaborating on solutions and sharing each other’s knowledge and experience with the goal of carving out a nice life, living harmoniously with nature.”
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