“Nature does not have a core business, except that of diversity, abundance, and continuance.” David Schaller
Although we are an organic farm, we go way beyond simply being chemical-free. We follow broader ecological principles that mimic nature, bringing biodiversity in our food production and building sustainable land management systems.
In environmental terms, being sustainable means not using up resources faster than they can be reproduced. If we are sustainable we can continue to do things in the same manner indefinitely and the environment will remain pretty much the same. But staying the same isn’t necessarily where we want to be if the environment isn’t in great shape to begin with; it only means we’re not making it any worse.
Our goal at Headwaters is to leave the earth better than how we found it. In other words, creating biological and social systems that improve the health of the land and the living beings that inhabit it.
Permaculture takes organic and ecological farming a step further. Linda and Tony Armstrong traveled the world working on organic farms to learn about permaculture, culminating in a Permaculture Design Certification in Costa Rica in 2012. It is a design philosophy that affects all aspects of our life on earth. Its three core tenants are:
1) Caring for the Earth
Farming sustainably is the number one aim at Headwaters. We work to improve the soil year after year and recycle our natural resources such as wood and water. We also try to integrate our activities so that every element of the farm is interdependent. For instance, our animals not only provide us with food, they also help us pollinate, plant and fertilize our fields and gardens.
2) Caring for the People
Everything grown and raised on the farm is intended to provide the Armstrong family and workers with a healthy, balanced diet including fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy, eggs and honey. Products not available on the farm are sourced locally as much as possible. What we don’t eat, we offer for sale to the community or put back into the land. All humans on the farm work cooperatively, helping each other out, many volunteering their time and skills.
3) Sharing the Wealth
Our resources are the 120 acres of land we own, the life that inhabits it and the knowledge we gain each day. As a community farm and education centre, we welcome all who want to share in this abundance – helping with the gardens and animals, cooking and eating delicious home-cooked meals, taking part in our activities or just enjoying the view. Everywhere are possible gathering spots for discussions, meetings, meals and events.