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Watershed Farm – 2018

20 years ago, Camelia Frieberg packed up and moved from Toronto to Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. At the time she was a film producer and a mother, with a passion for good food and a belief that we should all know more about where our food comes from. Not much has changed. Now, Camelia splits her time between farming, welcoming school trips to the farm as well as producing films about food and the environment.

“We strive towards the biodynamic ideal of a farm, which means that amongst other things – we try to satisfy all of our fertility needs within the farm,” she explained.

In the past, Watershed Farm was home to sheep, chickens and other poultry – now their livestock consists of chickens and bees. They also offer a wide range of vegetables, from asparagus to zucchini.

“We lean heavily on heirloom and open pollinated varieties of crops as we do a lot of seed saving on farm,” she added. “We also have a small fruit component as well as nut trees, herbs and flowers.”

Watershed Farm has participated in Open Farm Day on six different occasions because Camelia has always felt that the outreach and educational component of the farm is essential.

“I enjoy sharing what we do here with others, and I always learn from visitors as well.”

Visitors can expect to see a wide variety of things at Watershed Farm, from the straw bale construction to the use of wind generators and solar panels, to the living willow fence and treatment-free beehives. There’ll be activities for kids and delicious organic treats for everyone!

Did you know: you will likely see stranger looking vegetables at Watershed Farm than just about anywhere else in Nova Scotia? They have found quite a niche in cultivating unusual varieties of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and other crops.

“I love meeting people who have great questions and really want to learn about what we do and why we do it and I believe they leave with an even greater appreciation of the hard work and dedication that is involved,” she added. “At the same time, I enjoy meeting others who are growing different crops and hearing their techniques and learning from their knowledge – it’s quite exciting!”

Watershed Farm can’t wait to see you in September!!


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