We are Mike and Mary-Kate. We care about creating an amazing, supportive community of people around us, local food, sustainable living, and environmental design. We love adventures in far-off places, and having fun in our own neighbourhood. We live in downtown Guelph, Ontario and are transforming our house and yard into an urban farm. We have three kids, Rowan (9), Sikhona (7), and River (5), a border collie Dash, 2 cats, and laying hens. We are inspired by creative ideas, and excited about living in possibility.
We're interested in access to local food, and fostering a physical connection with the earth. We've had backyard hens for 15 years. We've loved watching our children learn to hold chickens, discover eggs, and develop a connection with their food. Rowan even learned to count, collecting eggs every day. We've worked out a lot of the challenges, and we're excited to help other people get backyard hens. We believe there should be a chicken in every willing backyard in Guelph. We're also interested in growing more vegetables in small spaces using permaculture principles. We've posted our backyard on the Wwoof Canada site, and have hosted over 150 Wwoofers over the last 3 years. We've hosted travellers from Germany, France, Spain, Australia, United States, Korea, and even Guelph! Each person has contributed beautifully to our family and our community. It's like travelling without leaving our home.