Headwaters is named for the numerous underground springs on our property that meander down to Port Hope, converging to form the fast-flowing Gage’s Creek which feeds into Lake Ontario. We think the name epitomizes the many ideas that bubble up to the surface and flow freely on our farm. We love the idea of people coming together to share and and create new ways of thinking.
Nothing is flat around here, which is just what we were looking for! Our 120 acres is typical of the rolling Northumberland County countryside. We have a mix of cultivated fields, pasture and meadow, forest and wetland with an ever-changing view. 70 acres is arable land, mostly to grow our own feed for our animals (hays, oats, barley, peas) and we have close to two acres of vegetable gardens using ecological methods to allow permanent beds, polycultures and permaculture. Our grazing pastures are set-up as a rotational system, moving through cattle, horses and chickens to naturally feed the soil and improve the nutrition of the plants. The goats are herded to different parts of the property to help control invasive species like poison ivy, buckthorn, strangling dogvine and wild grape.
Our soil is mainly sandy loam with a smattering of fine rocks, the result of glacial deposits sliding south from the Oak Ridges Moraine and Rice Lake. As a result we have excellent soil that drains well and our own rock quarry to dig up stone and gravel for foundation material for our house and roads.
Heading west our property has a decidedly steep slope covered in old growth oak, white pine and maple. As it flattens at the bottom, a wetland had formed thanks to the efforts of industrious beavers over the years creating a two-acre beaver pond. Huge cedar stands have taken over the wetter areas, providing us with enough decking and fence posts to last for generations!
As we work on our trail system, we invite guests to wander the property on their own, enjoying the changes of scenery, watching the grazing animals and hopefully sighting some of the wilder ones like deer, rabbit, weasel, porcupine, chipmunks, many species of birds, wild turkeys and the occasional coyote!