Category Archives: What We Left Behind in Ontario: Noah’s Farm

Noah’s Farm was a joint creation of my husband’s and mine. A dream come true on 220 acres of unspoiled land. Unfortunately it came with a price!

How to Lose One’s Privacy (But Meet Some Nice and Not So Nice People): Operate a Farm Bed and Breakfast

By 2005, we were beginning to feel the financial stress of our farm venture and approached our local economic development agency for support. They offered a few hundred dollars to hire someone to develop a website for us.  I ended up creating a website myself.  It was full of errors that made it a slow process for anyone trying to load it but wasn’t bad for a first attempt. The economic development staff did confirm the viability of an idea we had been tossing around (the farm bed and breakfast)…

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How to Ruin One’s Financial Status in One Easy Step: Build a Farm from Scratch!

Ian and I did everything right from a financial standpoint during the 1990s.  We worked hard at multiple jobs and earned decent wages.  We paid off two mortgages.  I even managed to maximize my RRSP savings. We entered 2000 with sterling credit ratings.  Then we decided to build a large farm from scratch on 220 acres of land. The house we built was large.  It was a seven-bedroom, two-bathroom one-and-a-half-storey wonder with approximately 1,500-square-feet on each level.  And then there was the full partially finished basement.…

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A Dream Come True: The Evolution of Noah’s Farm

Too few of us actually have the opportunity to make a dream a reality.  I will always be grateful for the 10 years Ian and I spent developing (and sadly collapsing) Noah’s Farm. The beginnings of the farm can actually be traced back to Prescott, Ontario, a town that is about a 20-minute drive from Brockville on Highway 401.  We had successfully purchased (with the help of a first mortgage) an older bungalow with a  garage that was larger than the house  on a crowded street in the town of Prescott.  I…

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