Stop Hating Your Job

Are you looking for a change, but not ready for retirement? Do you have children that need seasonal work and a home nearby a university to make higher education affordable? Do you have the imagination to expand and add your own stamp to an existing small agricultural business? We have the foundation for so many options for you!

Would you like to slow the pace of your life, not obsess over finding the ideal work/life balance? On our farm you will find that there is little distinction between work and life. They seamlessly flow, one into the other until the separation is difficult to find. Our work is recreation, our recreation is healthy outdoor exercise, our clients are our friends, our neighbours are both our hired help and the ones we share a drink or a meal with at the end of a day! Its a lifestyle choice.

The fruit we grow is both food and the currency we exchange for weekly boxes of a full spectrum of homegrown organic produce. Our strong business relationships are built on dependability and a truly healthy product. There is pure joy in the satisfaction of growing food in an environmentally sound manner and experiencing a sense of “vocation,” intensified by the customers that depend on and appreciate the organic benefits of our berries. There is no backstabbing here. The only thing akin to corporate ladder climbing would be our increasing number of customers grown from happy existing ones.

We care for our bushes when the winter snow is gone and the ground has thawed. We harvest between mid July and mid September. We travel in the fall and spend much of the winter in leisurely pursuit of the many activities that keep us engaged with our family and community life.

Its a quiet pace of life. No traffic jams or early morning commutes! You can set your watch by the school bus picking up and dropping off the local students. Exchange a wave for a “honk” as neighbours drive by acknowledging the activity happening in the field! The air is fresh, the breeze always present and the repetitive work is both meditative and restorative. The scale of our farm is ideal for a family. We require help during the harvest but the number of bushes for pruning and care in the off season is perfect.

Nearby you can enjoy beautiful beach walks, hiking trails, campfires and slow summer evenings. Or take in some cultural events, always plentiful on the Acadia University campus and in the nearby towns of Kentville and Wolfville. There is no shortage of charities to engage in, sharing joy with like spirited folks at an animal shelter, a soup kitchen, a church fundraiser or a community theatre. You can share memories over a flopped recipe and entertain in a messy house without judgement. Let diversity into your life and reep the rewards of a lifestyle money just can’t buy.

View the full listing and download the feature package here: Blueberry Farm Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

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Where is ‘Acadie’?

The Acadians “joie de vivre” endured across four centuries.

With a history defined by tragedy, courage and perseverance, Acadians have preserved their traditions and culture for over four centuries.

Where is ‘Acadie’? As a French colony it ceased to exist in 1713, but its spirit lives on and thrives in Nova Scotia’s Acadian French population.

Acadians are descended from the French colonists, the first European settlers in Nova Scotia. Second only to the Mi’kmaq, they have the deepest roots of any founding culture in the province, and had a very close relationship with them.

The colony they built from their base in Port-Royal was repeatedly handed back and forth between England and France during war time. The Acadians were peace keepers, remaining neutral, and their numbers flourished to an estimated 13,000.

Outnumbered by Roman Catholic Acadians, the British in Nova Scotia began deporting Acadians in 1755. More than 6000 men, women and children were carried away in British vessels. They fled to PEI, Cape Breton and deep into the woods of Nova Scotia, and even still; 3000 more were deported in 1758.

After the war ended in 1763, some Acadian families slowly returned and joined their families that had escaped deportation. Their homes had been burnt and their farmlands given away, so they were forced to start over in more isolated, less hospitable areas of the province.

Some of the family names include: Family names such as d’Entremont, Amirault, Muise, LeBlanc, d’Eon, Theriault, Samson. Most Acadian communities in Nova Scotia are located close to the ocean, and although the early Acadians were farmers on the marshlands of the Bay of Fundy, their descendants today live off the sea, with lobster-fishing being the main industry.

Interesting Facts:

  • The Acadian and francophone community in Nova Scotia includes 34,585 people with French as a mother tongue (3.8% of the population), according to 2011 Census Data from Statistics Canada.
  • Acadians make up the majority of the population in the municipalities of Clare and Argyle.
  • About 10% of the population or 94,310 Nova Scotians can speak French.

Beautiful song Mi’kmacadien by Jacque Surette: https://goo.gl/fxj1bE
Explore Acadian Culture: https://goo.gl/TxTdEx
The Acadians Timeline: https://goo.gl/Nd3FaM

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