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Type: ecovillage/cooperative opportunity – rental or ownership (this is not a job)

Whole Village
near Alton, Ontario, Canada you yearn to redefine your relationship with the natural world, work cooperatively with like-minded people, and model this radically different way of living to others?

Whole Village is an ecovillage that’s evolving. We’ve learned an amazing amount over the last 17 years, both internally as a community dedicated to sustainable living and externally as our environment and food systems beg for drastic restoration and restructuring.

This shift has led to a dramatic increase in our focus, cohesiveness, cooperation and joy in what we are doing together. We aim to face reality and affirm human dignity by living with appropriate intention.

We are seeking new members to join us on our diversified, organic farm to become part of this exciting time.

We have several options available, both rental opportunities as well as ownership shares in our land and shared home called Greenhaven.

What we are looking for:

Hardworking, adaptable and socially-responsible people who would like to contribute to an environmental legacy project based around core ecovillage values – voluntary simplicity, bioregionalism, and cooperative culture.

We are seeking new members who have a contribution to make to the community. Some of the skills we could benefit from include: construction, gardening, farming, fundraising, legal skills, livestock care, and group dynamics. Having stable income is also important.

What we can offer:

A functional, rural, mixed farm with trails, forests, and a pond. There is also land that could be developed for land-based income as well as office space. We share the land with a multitude of wild animals, livestock, and pets as well as edible fruit forests, a sugar bush, orchards, and vegetable gardens. Our common living quarters feature a dining room, library, game room, kitchen, and kids’ play room.  

Our farming operations are inspired by permaculture, biodynamics, agroecology, and carbon farming.

About Us:

We are a community with a commitment to sustainability and land stewardship seeking to live together in harmony with each other and with the natural habitat.

Our 191-acre farm is located just an hour northwest of Toronto, Ontario and features a hardwood forest (9 acres), a provincially significant wetland (29 acres), pastures, and fertile cropland. Our soil is mostly sandy loam with hills that are part of the Orangeville Moraine protected by the designation of Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI). This diverse, beautiful property is also protected by a conservation easement with the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy.

Our two houses, barn, and sheds are located in the center of the farm. A large dug pond south of the century old farmhouse provides recreation and irrigation for our agricultural activities.

Over the years we have developed food forests, an orchard, dairy cow operation, chicken egg production, a CSA market garden, various outdoor facilities and numerous farmhouse and barn renovations.

Through our interactions with the larger community and our various visitor programs, we seek to inspire others to help create a healthier world.

We know we’re only a small group of people, but we’re going to do our best to evolve our farm to our changing climate, improve our foodshed, and live with intent towards those aims.  

We hope you’d like to join us.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
— Margaret Mead

How to get to know us:

Check out our website –
Check us out on YouTube –
Come to an orientation (dates listed on our website, please RSVP)

If you are interested in becoming a member you can check out our membership process on our website under the membership section.

Come join us in expanding our cooperatively-run, sustainable and diversified community farm.

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FoodWork ID: 37390       Date posted to Jan 6 2017

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