After a number of years building alternative homes with straw bales and the like in Guelph, Ontario, Ben Cesar met a friend who introduced him to permaculture. The idea that you can create your own perennial garden from which you can feed yourself inspired Ben to start his own farm. Located 20min from Collingwood and Thornbury, Ben nestled himself in the Beaver Valley where he found an old house across from the river, situated at the base of the Niagara Escarpment.
Fiddlehead Nursery was born in 2012 and has been growing since (hehe). He has acres for testing species varietals, a number of large gardens and what at first glance appears to be over grown fields… but no, that’s just fennel. If you have the chance to stop by during lunch hour and see his incredible salads, I promise you will be inspired! Full of all sorts of greenery and topped with bright and beautiful flowers of a staggering variety. Not to mention, the farm is drool worthy.
Ben hosts workshops on planning your permaculture bed, propagation and more, along with selling innumerable plants from his greenhouse including fruit trees, edible tubers, edible flowers, nitrogen fixers and plants you never knew you could eat! If he’s not too busy, he’ll even give you a tour and make you a little one-bite-sandwhich of leaves and flowers that will make your taste buds come alive. Be sure to stop by between Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving weekend!
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