Sooo.. this is probably the most soul-baring thing I’ve ever posted on the Internet… I try to stay away from that vibe for the most part, but there are exceptions and this is one of them.
I grew up on a beautiful 100-acre farm. I loved it when I was little… my sister and I played Little House on the Prairie, rode on the tractor with my dad, boiled maple syrup with grandpa and got to play with oodles of kittens in the barn every spring. I hated it when I was a teenager (although it made for a few good late-night-sneaking-out-my-bedroom-window-riding-in-cars-with-boys stories) and fell back in love with it as a young woman. This place is paradise.
Located just north of Toronto, sandwiched between the City of Markham and the Town of Stouffville, it’s a little slice of heaven. It’s still a working farm (I believe the crops this summer are sweet corn and soy beans), there’s a gorgeous old barn that I’m completely obsessed with turning into a venue space, a giant pond and a creek that runs through the property.
There are blossoms everywhere in the spring, shady green lawns and fields to frolic in all summer, colourful leaves in the fall and crisp, white, untouched snow in the winter. There’s a picturesque stone farmhouse set back on the property (where my adorable grandparents still live) and the little white house I grew up in near the road. There’s a wood shop that I enjoy spending some of my spare time working away in. Basically what I’m saying is… IT’S THE BEST.
It’s my dream to someday turn this place into an oasis for people to come and enjoy. An escape from the city. Somewhere to take a few deep breaths of fresh air. A place to hold events – weddings, parties, dinners, giant yoga classes, art shows – the list goes on… the possibilities are endless. There’s space to build community garden plots for local people to rent and grow their own food. It’s just the sort of place we all need to spend some time in when we have the chance and I want to create that opportunity.
So friends… What do I do? Where do I start?