Purple Raven Farm
We are a land based project which is a community within a community
Our List Of Principals
Enrich our lives and refresh our spirits through connection and cooperation.
Meet social, economic and environmental challenges with creativity and resilience
Cultivate and foster authentic radical self expression
We value a community diverse in race, gender identity, ability, age, sexuality, culture and income level. We honor our differences and support the uniqueness and growth of each person. We respect individual beliefs and encourage diverse traditions, celebrations and explorations of the spirit.
The following is a work in progress
We envision a community where each person is respected and respectful. A feeling of safety and trust is a key component of a healthy community. We foster this element within our community by respecting each other’s beliefs, accepting each other as individuals, and communicating openly and honestly. We build a safe and nurturing community for everyone using a safer space policy and a set of principles to help guide us along the way.
Balancing Community and Privacy, we value both community and privacy and seek to have a balance between the two. Our mission is to create an intentional and sustainable community by building a sense of belonging and fostering an atmosphere of trust and respect. We benefit from the sharing of time, tools, and responsibilities while valuing individual and family privacy.
Everyone should be allowed to associate freely with those they choose and to disassociate themselves when they choose. Individuals should not be forced into social relations against their will. We base our social interactions upon free agreement, rather than coercion.
Instead of attempting to dominate each other, social relations should be based on solidarity and voluntary cooperation. When individuals come together to help each other they can accomplish more than when they work against each other.
We strive to live lightly on our planet. We reuse, recycle and renew, remediate wherever and whenever possible. We strive to treat the natural environment with responsibility and respect.
We believe that integrating our personal lives and livelihoods is beneficial, and bringing our work to our home is one step in achieving that. We encourage cottage industries, home offices and artistic endeavors. Additionally members are required to perform an agreed to amount of work toward community projects.
We have been holding a vision for this land based project and now we are excitedly seeing that vision grow to a reality before our very eyes. After lots of patience, intention and work we finally purchased 40 acres of land in the area commonly known as North East Ontario Canada. We moved in during the winter of 2020, rolled up our sleeves, and took a nap. Just kidding, we got to work! Haha.(then we took a nap after) Anyways! Moving on.
We are along the southern edge of the Boreal Forest in hardiness zone 3, where an ancient glacial lake met its shores tucked away on the edge of where farmland meets public land atop of the Laurentian Plateau, a geological shield and within the lesser clay belt.
We come from the pacific north-west. After the disappearance of too many mountain glaciers, increasing wildfire threat and trauma, life threatening heatwaves and watching wells and reservoirs go dry, we studied the predicted climate forecasts for our area for the coming years, and although we loved where we were living, amongst the mountains that we know so well, we decided it was time to move on. We made the move here to the north east, where hopefully, and according to our research, our investment into this project will have a better chance of sustainability at least in our lifetimes. It was a sad and also exciting time for us.
We did it! Now the work begins. Careful what you ask for? Not here! We are excited about all the projects and ideas we have in mind. We are busy bees, happily working to make exciting things happen out here. Some of these ideas have been rattling around in our heads for decades so it's very satisfying to rattle them into existence, and as it turns out so far, our ideas aren't so bad after all! :)
Want to know more about who we are, what our vision is, and what steps you might take to be a part of Purple Raven Farm? Interested in the possibility of living with land mates in a cooperative atmosphere with a strong focus on self sustainability, permaculture practices, natural building, and food production with a focus on sharing with those in need? Or just want to come by for a visit? Please reach out with a hello, and tell us anything you feel inspired to share about yourself as well as any questions you may have and we'll do our best to answer them and share with you also. We are looking forward to hearing from you and excited about the possibilities!
We are busy bees over here at Purple Raven Community and Farm and have done much since we started. The house, shop and immediate surrounding area was in disrepair and had been neglected. We cleaned, repaired, organized and sung little made up songs to ourselves and each other as we went along. We have built hiking trails, planted a fruit, nut and berry orchard thanks to a generous donor, built a sizable raised bed kitchen garden, planted grapes and gave them a trellis to grow on, built benches and a fire pit hang out area, created drainage systems in areas that needed it, and cleared 1/8 acre for veggie garden and greenhouse. Additionally we have acquired a small tractor and lumber mill to aid in these and future projects.
In 2023 some important projects we will be working on are, build the GREEN-BARN and goat pasture/fencing, continue building and developing trails, improve our ability to preserve food, expand our agricultural land to 1 acre, plant the existing 1/8 acre and kitchen garden, further develop our herbal, yoga and farm businesses, and continue to build relationships in our community.
Long term goals. We are excited about the possibilities! We will be building additional housing with plans for multiple homes and supporting infrastructure as an ongoing effort. There is some restorative forest work that looks like it could be helpful. We will continue to expand our food production, eventually starting a farmers market booth, food box program, and donating food to those in need.
Some other ideas we have in the works include hosting an annual Art Build and Harvest Event Campout, hosting natural building and homestead workshops/skill shares, bee keeping, expansion of orchard, and additional cottage industries are all being discussed and considered. We are super excited about everything we are doing here and did I mention flowers everywhere?! Yes, the flower intensity index level set to 1,000!
At Purple Raven Farm. we want people of all races, gender identities, abilities, ages, sexualities, cultures and income levels to feel welcome. To this end, harassment and discrimination will not be tolerated in any form. We ask that all participants ask about and respect one another’s physical and emotional boundaries, identities and backgrounds, including pronouns and names.
Inclusivity and support are important aspects of creating a safer space so that everyone can experience and enjoy the space. Inclusivity means not just tolerating, but celebrating differences – be they physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, cultural, social, artistic, communicative or otherwise.
To create and maintain the values fundamental to a safer space, it is necessary to have a willingness to hold dialogue, receive criticism, accept responsibility and take accountability. We endeavor to do this and to intentionally practice clear, open, respectful and honest communication.
We do not tolerate harassing, discriminatory or abusive behavior that violates our standard of an inclusive, non-discriminatory safer space.
Offensive comments related to race, ancestry, color, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, physical appearance, body size, age, social disadvantage or religion.
Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names.
Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior in spaces where they’re not consensual.
Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “*hug*” or “*backrub*”) without consent or after a request to stop.
Threats of violence or language alluding to violence directed towards a person, or persons.
Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to harm themselves or die by suicide.
Stalking or following.
Harassing photography or recording.
Unwelcome sexual attention, verbal, physical or otherwise.
Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others.
Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from abuse.