Welcome to Sweetwood Farm!

Sweetwood Farm is a 75 acre heritage farm on the south shore of Nova Scotia in eastern Canada. The property was settled in the 1700s by German settlers. We’ve moved here inspired by the heritage, beauty and potential of this little corner of the world. We are 10 minutes from the charming seaside town of Mahone Bay and less than an hour from Halifax.

We are east coasters (Newfoundlanders) who’ve lived in Europe for 10 years and found our future home on the internet as inspiration struck that ‘Nova Scotia has farmland!’ One quick internet search, an email and a few hours later we had conditionally bought our future farm. A few years later and we are now here, putting our energies and enthusiasms into restoring and re-birthing ‘Sweetwood Farm’ (we found the name craved in a piece of cement overgrown with weeds).

We are establishing a small herd of quality dairy goats with the intention to become licensed to produce our own artisan goats milk cheeses. We’ve been training in Europe the last few years so have some knowledge and experience for this consuming passion. We offer cheese making classes at the farm – or at an alternate venue for a private party (for friends, kids or even work mates as an away day).

 

Our first kids of 2014 - Alpine twins (buckling and doeling)

Our first kids of 2014 – Alpine twins (buckling and doeling)

Girls having a natter

In addition to goats and cheese, we also raise heritage breed pigs and chickens. Pigs are fantastic consumers of whey so this will help us in our integrated farming approach. We may have breeding stock, weaner pigs, meat or eggs available for purchase. We also occasionally have unique farm-chic housewares for sale – such as the famous Egg Skelters, vintage and antique kitchenalia, and beautiful sheepskin rugs.

Toggenburg goats enjoy early Spring grass alongside the Guinea fowl and chickens

Toggenburg goats enjoy early Spring grass alongside the Guinea fowl and chickens

Our heritage breed pigs live outside year 'round au natural - rooting and turning land for us and for them.

Our heritage breed pigs live outside year ’round au natural – rooting and turning land for us and for them.

 

Other plans include offering unique heritage themed farm stays. So if ‘glamping’ appeals (glamorous camping – staying close to nature but without too many sacrifices, only the best and romantic kind) do check in.

We currently have available an off-grid woods cabin with a beautiful interior finish beside its own private  small pond Рserenity just a few minutes from the farm fields.

  • HOT OFF THE PRESS!

Sweetwood Studio is now available for short farm-stays! Check out the tab at the top of the page for more info.

 

In future we’ll also have our Mongolian yurt available, as well as an authentic Gypsy wagon (both brought over from Europe/Asia)! Both will offer romantic and charismatic get-aways, nestled in the peacefulness of the orchard.

So – come along with us as we journey to grow a heritage-inspired sustainable small farm and dairy.

Goats munching their way through undergrowth in the orchard

Goats munching their way through undergrowth in the orchard

10 thoughts on “Welcome to Sweetwood Farm!

  1. We need an update….you’ve been there, what—2 weeks now?? haha!! Okay, we’ll give you a month to settle in.:-) Congratulations on your arrival to the farm, Heather and Neil!! SO excited for you both as you bring your dreams to life! Can’t wait to see you there soon …must learn the homesteading ways. Cheese anyone?

  2. Hi, I am interested in a cheesemaking class for a few friends. Is there a contact number I can try? I have emailed but not heard back.

  3. Lovely website. First time I’ve seen it. Look forward to visiting, hopefully this summer, and maybe book a cheese making class.

  4. Hello there do you guys have any laying hens forsale? I’m looking for 2 hens that lay brown eggs.
    Hope to hear back from you!
    Jarvis Pierrard

    • Hello Jarvis, thanks for connecting on our heritage birds. Unfortunately this year I won’t be selling any hens.

  5. Hello,

    So you rent out the wagons for weekends kind of thing? And people who stay and visit, can they hang out with the animals? Kind of like a petting farm? And if so, do you have any litters of pigs planned?

    • Hi Roxanne, thanks for your interest in our farm-stays and in our pigs. We’re expecting litters of piglets in June/July. Guests staying on the farm can certainly see and interact with most of the livestock – though piglets are kept with their Mamas so folks don’t physically interact with piglets (Mamas are protective!) Farm-stays normally involve a farm tour and the option to participate in feeding times. All best wishes

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