Looking Back at Whaelghinbran

by Community Forests International on February 17, 2014

As we look forward to the Canadian summer CFI has decided to take a moment to reflect on our past. Since saving Whaelghinbran Farm back in 2012 we've learned a lot. We learned to believe in people, both our mentors and those that will build the future of Community Forests International. As we work to build a Rural Innovation Campus here in Canada we believe that we should reflect on all the hard lessons, all the successes and all the acheivement in order to realize our dream of rural innovation and inspiration. As a special feature we have asked our past farm apprentices to share there experiences at the farm and here is what Ryan Lum had to say about his time as a Whaelghinbran Farmer.


Things I learned during my time at Whaelghinbran Farm:

  • How to maintain and safely operate a chainsaw. Multiple ways to assess and fell a tree
  • How yurts are made and how to live comfortably in one with 5 other people
  • How to start a tractor that has trouble starting
  • How to name the mushrooms
  • How to name the trees
  • How to make a shower with compost
  • How to chop wood
  • How to make stairs from rocks
  • How to revive old farm tools
  • How to pick the flowers to make tea
  • How to swing a birch
  • How to spy on bad guys
  • How to make a bee box and make sure they are happy
  • How to ram a tire with dirt. How to position said tires to create a strong and level foundation for a nice cabin
  • How to make an electrical fence to stop deer from eating your vegetables
  • How good Jerusalem artichokes are
  • How to take walks in the woods
  • How to swim in cold water
  • How to pick good apples
  • All the potatoes

I learned so much and became so brave at Whaelghinbran farm. I was given the opportunity to try new things and make mistakes. I was encouraged to become an expert. Thank you CFI!!

Ryan Lum


Yurt Living at Whaelghinbran Farm


The Farm Apprentices worked 6 acres of land...


...and processed and sold their produce at local farmers markets and through a CSA (Community Support Agriculture) program.

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