The Homestead

Backyard Gardens: A Part of Our Heritage

Like many other properties in New Waterford, our homestead lot is 6000 square feet and includes a 100-year old company house. Once known as miners’ cottages, company houses were built by mining companies to house workers’ families.

Because mining was tough and pay was poor, most miners’ wives grew abundant gardens and raised backyard livestock to help feed and support their families. We proudly continue this tradition of company house food production.

Grow food, not grass!

We have replaced our entire lawn—both the back and front yards—with active food production. We raise chickens for eggs and meat, keep bees for honey, and grow hundreds of pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables ever year. We grow many annual vegetables—our favourites are kale, garlic, and squash—but we have also planted several fruit and nut tree guilds and bushes with the intention to favour the growth of perennial plants instead of annuals. Almost all the food our family eats in one year is produced on our homestead lot, proving that you don’t need a lot of space to grow a lot of food.