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History

Everdale

Everdale

In the year 1998, Everdale was built on the dream that practical learning and hands-on experience are the keys to forging a future where agriculture works sustainably with our local environment.

Everdale’s facilities and programs are designed to educate people about farm and food issues while fostering connections between farmers, consumers and the environment.

Important moments in Everdale’s history:

1966-1974 Everdale Place operates as Canada’s first free school
1975-1996 Several ventures are attempted at Everdale. Unfortunately, none succeed and the property falls into disrepair.
1997 Everdale is established as an organic farm and the soil is tilled
1998 Community Shared Agriculture program offered for first time (13 members has since grown to 340)
2000 Everdale is incorporated as a not-for-profit

Full-season farm internship offered for first time

2001 Farmer for a day school program for kids and youth launches
2002 Home Alive! Canada’s first demonstration straw bale home is erected at Everdale

Farm school program is launched

2003 Everdale co-founds C.R.A.F.T. Ontario (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training in Ontario)
2004 Everdale receives charitable status
2004-2006 We lose our barn and offices to a devastating fire. With the help of Heifer International and our generous donors, we rebuild a straw-bale barn/office structure.
2007 Farmers in the school program is developed

Everdale hosts Feast of the Fields

2008 Celebrate Everdale’s 10th year of the Harvest Share program

Launch of our Farmers Growing Farmers business training course

Everdale hosts Feast of the Fields for a second year

2010 Organic Farming Certificate internship program replaces Future Farmers internship

Launch of Kids Farm Camp

“The Hub” dormitory is completed (top level of barn/office building)