I've mentioned a few times that a bunch of friends of mine bought a farm in Tatamagouche and are making a go of it... their plan is to farm, build stuff, and generally live sustainably, but also create a kind of rural hub for social activism, as well as set precedents for new forms of land ownership (or non-ownership: they've set it up as a community land trust). There is also talk of setting up cooperatives, hosting refugees, and other fun stuff. This is their first summer on the farm, and the transformations have been pretty dramatic. Barns have been cleaned out, a greenhouse built, a field planted, a house fixed up, and so on ad infinitum. They're hard-working folks. They're also hosting the Tatamagouche Summer Free School in a month. (Obligatory plug: I've been doing a fair bit of organizing for the free school and it's looking like it's going to be pretty amazing. You should come. Check out the growing list of sessions that will be offered.)
In any case, my descriptions never seem to do their setup justice, so here are some photos. And when/if the oil runs out and things collapse, you now know where I can be found.
Update: Added a bunch more photos, now featuring the entire cast of characters (or at least, those that were there this weekend).
Inside the greenhouse (the lights on the tractor are powered by the solar panel).
The greenhouse (with solar shower inside, solar panels outside).
The self-service veggie stand, the swing, and the road.
Outhouse with a view.
Inside one of the barns.
Yuill taking a wrestling break.
Great fields of greens.
The house from the garden.
The barn from the garden.
Hillary the telecommuting freelancer.
A bit of sky.
The living room.
Megs making art.
Hillary in a bug shirt (mosquitoes and flies are worse than usual this season... unlike Montreal, the Maritimes have been relatively cold and wet this summer.)
Waiting for pancakes.
Rob in the garden.
Removing 100+ years of layers of wallpaper.