2 beans is the answer! Here at 2 Beans or Not 2 Beans Farm and Arts Centre we’ve got beans and greens and local veggies, grown without chemical pesticides. Our produce is available at Stirling’s Market in Greenwich, Gaspereau Valley Fibers, the Kentville Farm Market (Wednesdays), as well as for pick up and drop off in Wolfville and surrounding areas. This food is fuel for the creative mind and feeds the artists and volunteers we host as well as our family and friends in Nova Scotia.
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Erich Burton, creator of 2 Beans or Not 2 Beans Farm, grew up on Wolfville farmer’s markets and music. For the past 11 years he worked seasonally as a tree planter in B.C and Alberta while during the colder months he volunteered on permaculture farms and natural building projects across the world.
From earthships in New Mexico, Iroquois 6 Nations, to Guatemalan and Costa Rican permaculture farms, to small-mixed organic farming communities in Portugal and Spain, to rammed-earth-built school houses in Nepal, international volunteering on grassroots projects helped Erich form a skill-set and vision for what he’d like his own farm to be one day.
Micaela Comeau is an Acadian singer-songwriter from the French Shore. Although her hometown was rich in music and dance opportunity, she came to the Valley to practice her deep love for theatre. This inspired Micaela to begin writing children’s musicals. Her first musical was performed at Centre Stage Theatre in Kentville. She then continued running new plays every year as theatre camps in her hometown and in the Valley. Micaela also works as a music educator and singer-songwriter at Just Micci. A healthy relationship to nature and community is at the core of Micaela’s musicals so she was dreaming of expanding her theatre camps to incorporate gardening practices to help cultivate a deeper love and appreciation for the earth with her students.
Both Erich and Micaela shared visions for a holistic, cooperative farm and arts centre and thus 2 Beans or Not 2 Beans Farm was born !
With the ever-changing state of the world, we increasingly recognize the importance of growing food and community trust. We do not use any synthetic chemical pesticides on the farm and work on building soil fertility for long-term regeneration of the land by implementing a low-till to no-till system of permanent growing beds and rotational grazing. We are embracing our pace of learning throughout this process. We practice learning through patient observation and interaction of the land, working with nature rather than against it, and referring to elder farmers in the surrounding area.
We value skill-sharing and education so we use our space to host camps, workshops and more! Visitors, volunteers and other folk who are part of building the community on this farm do not leave with empty stomachs. Our food is grown, prepared and shared with plenty of tender love and care.
Mainly, we grow vegetables, make art, host artist and volunteer residencies, run workshops and events related to organic growing, permaculture, slow food, health and wellness, music and performing arts.
Wolfville, Gaspereau and Grand Pre are beautifully located in the stunning lands and waters of the unceeded Mi'k Maq First Nation territory.
Mixed hardwood and conifer forests roll along hills into farmland and dykelands constructed by the Acadian peoples, merging with the shores of the Bay of Fundy, which claim the highest recorderd tides on the planet.
There are numerous freshwater rivers, lakes and seaside swimming spots for those hot summer days or those wintery cold water submersions !
Farms, Orchards and Vineyards appear to make up most of the properties throughout the countryside landscape here in the beautiful Annapolis Valley.
The Property: 4 acres total, 3 acres of gently rolling pasture and 1 acre of house site with mature white oak, red maple, ash, and adolescent chestnut, black walnut among other species and varieties of native and introduced plants that the previous owners tended during their time.
The House: 60 year old bungalow, 2 bedroom, foyer/living room, kitchen, bathroom, with an earthen floor basement which is used for wood cutting both for building, repairs and for fire wood storage and prep.
We use a wood stove in the winter which is newly installed and burning warmly very well :)
Food is such an integral part of the community. It brings people together and nourishes us to move through life. Eating the food one grows from the land is energizing and invigorating. After working a long day, eating fresh food from is restorative and life-giving. We are excited to spread this joy and appreciation with the surrounding community.
We are grateful for the volunteers that have helped and continue to help make this dream a reality. For more information about becoming a volunteer on the farm contact us or check out 2 Beans or Not 2 Beans' Workaway profile.
We have a lot of dreams and a lot of visions. We want to build an earthship, a straw bale cabin, a stage, a food forest, host more events, festivals, workshops, camps and festivals! And the list keeps growing!
Contact Us to find out more about contributing to the dream and vision !
Our produce is available in locations across the Valley including Stirling’s Farmer’s Market, Gaspereau Valley Fibers and the Kentville Market on Wednesdays and weather permitting on Agricola st. in Halifax by the Open Mic House and Local Source Market on Mondays from 2-6pm.
We are also available to supply to local restaurants and food/drink businesses. Contact us to inquire for details.
Thank you for supporting local producers and artists within your community. There is something very special about the Valley and how much it values local producers. We feel it is such a blessing to be part of this community and home again!