Blue Fox Farm

My Micro Nursery and Artisans Retreat

Blue Fox Farm is made up of my little nursery and organic garden, as well as my home and display gardens to demonstrate how to grow specialty succulent plants which I also used to sell mail order.

Country and Rustic; Blue Fox Farm

I also build and display rustic crafts made from twigs, barnboard, driftwood an other wildcrafted items. The farm itself is nestled in a wooded canyon about 15 kilometers north of Grand Forks, British Columbia.

Serene and peaceful, and very sheltered and private, the south facing slope creates a micro-climate that provides a sanctuary for nesting birds and many types of wildlife, as well as providing many twigs and branches for rustic crafts on the rocky hillsides.

The soil here is varied - some is obviously created by the glaciers, other areas are very sandy and silty deposited by long dry streams, yet other places are rocky. I take my chances when I build a new garden, as I never know what I'll find.

The Greenhouse at Blue Fox Farm

I'm lucky enough to have a huge greenhouse, which is used constantly through the summer.

I propagate lots of interesting hardy succulents in the greenhouse as some of them prefer to be shaded at first.

Mostly, though, the Sedum do very nicely outside, rooting happily no matter what.  Although no longer selling plants, I found that they ship much better if thoroughly dried out, so having a place to do that is important.

I prepared and packaged orders for shipping in the greenhouse, as it's bright and usually warm and comfortable.

It gets used for junk storage too, much to my chagrin.

The Greenhouse and demonstration gardens in May

I also have had lots of fun designing and building (with assistance) a series of funky rustic sheds. I don't claim to have any special engineering or construction experience, but I do use common sense, and spend a lot of time 'cogitating' before building.

The first project after the greenhouse was...

The Circle of Thyme Chapel of St. Francis of Assissi

The rustic gazebo is made from sticks cut right on the property with the main function to make a structure for Clematis to grow on. It's also been used for a prop for rustic country wedding pictures.

The Circle of Thyme Chapel of St. Francis of Assissi

Glory Be, the Root Cellar

Other projects are Glory Be, the earth sheltered root cellar, with its cordwood walls and Sedum roof...

Glory Be, the Root Cellar

In front of Glory Be is a little wood shed for carpentry scraps that is called the Japanese Tea House for its shape - it also has a green roof planted with Sedum...

Japanese Tea house from the front
The Japanese Tea House green roof, with Glory Be in the background

The Livery

Next came the Livery...otherwise known as a woodshed. It's been almost completely filled only once as it holds about eight cords of firewood.

A cord is a stack four feet high by four feet wide by eight feet long.

It's great to have a dry place to store firewood, and all the other things that get put in there, such as the recycling, golf get the idea.

The Livery wood shed

The Mercantile

...and then the Mercantile, which is the power shack where the electricity line comes in.

This has room for a freezer and can be heated if necessary, and even has a phone line.

As an added feature, the gutter on the back of the shed has a rain chain which leads into a rain barrel for rain water harvesting.

The Mercantile power shack

The Eggporeum

The most recent addition to the little western town is the chicken house...

The Eggporeum chicken house

It received a modular green roof to grace the view from our new house site, planted with Sedum and Sempervivum - I grow lots of them, so I might as well use them!

My Bantam chickens don't realize it, but they have a pretty fancy hotel to live in. See more about my adventures raising those unique and interesting poultry in the Backyard Chickens E-Book

I'm sure that's not the last project I'll tackle. A shop would be nice...