On Saturday April 7, 2018 Jacob facilitated a visit to the Ploughshares community. Several people met at the Beausejour Tim Horton’s beforehand, chatted about ecovillages and intentional communities and then caravaned out to the community. More people joined a little later after being misdirected by Facebook’s coordinates for Ploughshares.
Marcus Rempel led the group of about 18 around the property. After a quick look at a greenhouse made with a poly wrap, he took everyone inside for a quick look in the straw-bale house. A new addition was the drum outside running seed in to the kitchen for making oil.
Not just a farm, Ploughshares is community supported agriculture, serving the Beausejour and St Vital area. As a CSA farm, they provide vegetables during the growing season to people who buy shares.
Four families share the farm duties. One adult from each family works on the farm, the other in Beausejour. It’s an arrangement that works well for them. Kids share in these as well, tending to dogs, cats and rabbits.
Fully functional, the farm has cows, goats, chickens and even a peacock. As we wandered the property on a cold day, it wasn’t hard to imagine the families working together in the gardens during the summer.
We wrapped up back at the straw-bale house where we warmed up and talked about what we had seen.
It was a great view into Ploughshares and how they have structured their community.