Whaelghinbran Farm Update

by Community Forests International on October 10, 2012

On May 31st, Community Forests International purchased 580 acres of endangered forest in rural New Brunswick. This property also came with a certified organic farm and a rich history of stewardship and restoration.

It’s been quite a summer, learning about the property and building an education experience based on the work of previous owners, Susan Tyler and Clark Phillips. A day after closing the deal, we had our first round of farm apprentices show up. With a mission to learn and build an education program for the future, this pioneering group of friends has not disappointed. By growing over 5 acres of organic vegetables, and selling the produce through a farmers market and CSA, this group has already done much to make sure that Whaelghinbran’s history of innovation and quality continues. So let’s meet our farmers:

Since arriving this group has done more than just grow food. They helped build a yurt

Inventor Nick Thompson stands infront of the rainwater tank, compost and showerAnd a washroom and shower facility that uses compost to heat shower water.

On behalf of CFI I’d like to thank our gang of farm apprentices for all the work they’ve done this year. They’ve given us a strong vision for the future, while enduring the growing pains often associated with innovation and pilot initiatives. We at CFI would also like to thank Susan Tyler for sharing her wisdom and experience with us as we embark on this important journey. Beyond farming, Community Forests International has also launched their 2012 Workshop Series at Whaelghinbran. So far, an Ecoforestry Workshop has been completed, with workshops on Waterway Restoration, Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance and Horse Logging on the horizon. Thanks for supporting this project. We’re currently working to build a cook shack and a winter-proof sleeping cabin. Any additional support would help us continue to improve our education and apprentice program.

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