The FarmSchool at Renaissance Farms

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex,
 the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”


Bill Mollison, Co-originator of Permaculture

This is a complete Permaculture Design Course, leading to a certification.  The course will be conducted LIVE over Zoom from January 20th 2022 through April 7th 2022.

“It is impossible to have a healthy and sound society without a proper respect for the soil.”

Peter Maurin, Catholic Worker

The Beacon

Our occasional newsletter, The Beacon, is packed with good things including farm news, upcoming live and virtual events, articles on social justice, farming, nutrition and healing, volunteer and employment opportunities, and special offers to use on our shop.

The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.

Masanobu Fukuoka, One Straw Revolution

Field Journal

Farm Walk
RenaissanceMama

Eleagnus umbellata – Autumn Olive

There is no scent in spring that @renaissancemama loves more than the one from these tall shrubs. Gorgeously redolent of spring. They are considered an invasive non-native species. They’re super tough to get rid of and attempts to uproot them often result only in spreading them. But if you can’t beat ‘em, enjoy them, right?

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"This learning from the earth and from the people who work the earth or travel it, is of endless discovery and interest, and is like making a collection of beautiful things of many kinds."

Juliette de Baîracli Levy, Herbalist

Online Courses


“I want to live in a society where people are intoxicated with the joy of making things.”

William S. Coperthwaite, Architect, Author, Visionary

Resilience in 2022 - Learn how you can think about building greater resilience, and get the skills that can help you succeed. {Link in Profile}
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Hard frost this morning. The second frost in a week. The growing season has ended. Now the planning and maintenance season begins.

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Picture day for our little darlings. Soaps, candles, incense, and paraphernalia being photographed for the shop!

Who knows? We may even get a video shot, too.

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Soap at Renaissance Farms. This one is a hand milled goats milk soap the colour of your favourite old jeans and smells like they’ve been freshly washed.

Our soaps are made from organic and fair trade ingredients. We use only natural colourants. The scents come from herbal infusions and essential oils except for a few. The others are scented with non toxic and natural fragrance oils.

We have body and facial bars, shampoo bars, and bars for household cleaning.

All will be available online and at our farm shop this fall.

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Do you have a deep love for the social justice aspects of permaculture? Are you just about ready to see a new part of the world? I might have the PDC for you. Join me next May in Bulgaria on my project along the beautiful Danube.

Reserve your spot now by clicking through.
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https://calendar.renaissance-farms.com/.../bulgaria-live.../

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