Lisa and René with their two children.
In 2013, The Petite Plantation dream, and blog, was born! We started to dream of living closer to our food, closer to nature and closer together to build a deeply rooted family but living in hustle and bustle of Southern Ontario left us feeling tired, defeated and stuck in the grind. After years of struggling to live a life that felt like it was not meant for our family, we began making life changes to live minimally, naturally and spend more time together.

We downsized and moved to the east coast then downsized some more! We began urban homesteading and growing our own food in the yard. Our neighbours joyfully referred to us as ‘Modern Hippies’ because we were the odd balls tearing out the sod to make way for healing herbs, seasonal vegetable patches, towering sunflowers with our linens on the line. But it wasn’t enough.

We longed for our sustainable homestead. After 5 years of hoping our dreams would come true and never getting ahead, we decided to take a big leap.

In the Spring of 2018 we purchased Nelson, a 24 foot Class C motorhome with tons of personality. After 3 weeks of renovation we moved inside full time while we eliminated our debt, built up savings and began our hunt for the perfect piece of property to build our dreams.

In the spring of 2019, we purchased a forested property in central New Brunswick, Canada and began building our sustainable farm. Using new, salvaged and repurposed materials, we built our 16x20 solar powered sustainable tiny farmhouse ourselves for under $6000 and are currently expanding our permaculture farm.

The Petite Plantation sustainable tiny farmhouse!
We have learned so much over the last few years and that even our little family can make a big impact on the environment. We have heard many others want to make changes, build off grid, be more sustainable but they just don't know how to get started, and we hope to inspire these people to dive in and start making changes to their lifestyle.

By not only living a lifestyle that requires less power and in a smaller home which requires less heat, but also by implementing permaculture systems to become more sustainable; such as our original grey water system, water catchment, humanure composting, and solar power designs, we have lowered our footprint and are becoming more and more sustainable!

And, we want others to understand they can make an impact, too.

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