Miracle Farms, a 5-acre commercial permaculture orchard in Southern Quebec, Canada

Miracle Farms, a 5-acre commercial permaculture orchard in Southern Quebec, Canada

100 thoughts on “Miracle Farms, a 5-acre commercial permaculture orchard in Southern Quebec, Canada

  • Stefan, What a wonderful garden you have! I am speechless! I totally agree with you, "why not share with the nature." I live in Calgary, Alberta, zone 3. Not much luck for fruit trees. Not even good vegetables. So I grow mostly root vegetables and lettuce or leafy greens like spinach and mustard which grow in a short time. last year I grew cabbages in green house, because they take really long time. Beans are good here too. But I have handful of sweet crab apple trees which give me the feeling as my home orchard. :). I want to come someday to try some heavenly testy fruits from your garden, before that I don't want to die. 🙂

  • You are lucky cause you don't have the problems of deer, gophers, moles, voles, ground squirrel, rabbits that kill young trees and you have good land that wasn't destroyed by modern farming and roundup …. I have everything, but good land! I am trying to do Fukuoka natural farming, but it is just difficult. BTW, you don't need to replant annuals every year cause I have lots of daikon volunteers every year.

  • I love your mantra! I never get "wow"ed in a grocery store anymore..we're starting permaculture on our farm in Alberta. Hi neighbor, thanks for sharing!

  • Dear Stefan,

    You have inspired me in your philosophy in agriculture. I have a similar philosophy in my own life and work.
    I have recently acquired a small parcel of land size 5 arce, not all arable. I will now dedicate a portion of the land towards a small permaculture farm with an aim to feed my own family and friends. Any more I am more than happy to give away to those who can use the crops.

    It is a very daunting project for me as I do not have an agricultural background and will be learning everything from scratch. If there are any directions you can point me towards for ideas and advises that will be much appreciated.

    I will start off with using the information you have in your video above to do my research.

    Best regards,


  • how has your business profitability been?  same? up? down?  interested to know if the diversity has improved sales.

  • This is one of the best permaculture videos I've ever seen. I really love the focus on doing what does work, instead of setting out to destroy the other practices.

  • this video is truly inspiring! I have been passionate about agriculture my whole life but work in construction. I am ready to start growing. Great content! Love the passion and knowledge.

  • RESEPCT to you and your methods of keeping with what nature put forth for us to follow!
    Aspirations to bring this to my neighbors and community one day.

  • I could watch this a thousand times. What we are striving for on our tiny little farm. Degraded, sand and gravel….twelve years of soil building here and there, slowly able to see some progress with berries and bushes….our trees are just babies right now… I love your attitude, if it grows here, we want to try it! Bringing back the wow factor to food. Farm on!!!❤️ signed, one of your biggest fans.

  • Good job. Fantastic orchard. Inspirational video. I can't grow those kinds of fruit, but I will be doing a similar tropical grove here in Florida.

  • Am planning on planting a 1/2 acre orchard. Am in zone 7a. Want really good tasting fruits to eat fresh, not necessarily for preserving/storing. Can you give me ideas on what to grow and how to plant them (ie: you mentioned every third tree, and growing things under the trees, etc)? Do you have a book?

  • How about showing us some of the permaculture techniques you use instead of having a video set up like an advertisement for freedom 55. INFORMATION PLEASE.

  • 2 years out of the last 4 you had a nearly 100% crop failure on your tree fruits. Please make a video about that so that people aren't misled by your utopian fruit-growing video. What you are doing is very positive, but deception by omission is unacceptable.

  • He is living my dream life. I want to live exactly like him, have my own wild orchard and then be buried in my orchard after I pass away, so that I can watch over my lovely orchard long after I am gone :-(.

  • wow…….I invite you to come and see my apple orchards. I have almost fruit you mention in video .I am from Shimla Himachal Pradesh India. I from hilly area and its different from your country. I hope you will come.

  • As part of our training associated with receiving a grant from Tree Canada to plant an orchard of northern adapted fruit and nut trees and bushes at our site in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland we were required to participate in an online workshop with Stefan. It was absolutely wonderful. He shared with us many details of how he has applied permaculture insights to how we plant and maintain our trees. Among the insights he shared were planting nitrogen fixing plants alongside fruit, to provide continuous and ongoing fertilization to the fruit trees, mixing trees and vines and shrubs, inviting birds and pollinators in, and finally, when asked why aphids were such a problem, he said they are a message, and the message is "too much nitrogen in the soil." This is a great video, and an introduction to someone who has continued learning as he works with plants.

  • Hi Stefan I love listening to you as I have just started the same system as yours and I can see the difference. My experience started with a clump of stinging nettles next to my green house and that year I had no aphids. I started tolerating plants I call weeds and take my time clearing them for the compost heap. Have watched your video several times before and will watch again and again because it is so interesting I agree the fruit tastes even better.

  • Mr.Stefan. You belong to the Roots of Life and Living because you believe in Sharing. Western Culture is in building Credits NOT Wealth. Annual credit increment leads to loss morality, integrity,…, and identifying need and want. We are in a culture of want but not in need or necessity.

  • Marvellous. I was highly uncertain about the potential of permaculture in cold Canadian climates. Yet, here's a perfectly stable and need I say beautiful example of a thriving food forest close to my home. Hopefully I'll make my way out to visit this summer. Thanks for the share!

  • Seriously one of the best videos on this subject I've seen…and I am obsessed w/ this topic.  I am doing the same thing w/ my yard and constantly learning,  planning and planting. I'm in WI, and have been planting EVERY fruit, nut, berry and plant for wildlife I can over the last 8 years on 2 acres.  Even had Almonds fruit last year.  Every year I expand and learn so much more. Finally getting honey bees this spring and have another batch of Mason bees to release soon:)  If only everyone could be so "in the know"! What a wonderful, thriving and diverse planet this could return to.  Thank you for caring!!!!

  • Il n'y a rien de miracle!!!… c'est du verbiage gratuit!!!… Tout le monde a fait ça à un moment donné!!… par exemple dans les pays très chauds (Argentine, etc…) on cultive la vigne très haute et comme il faut irriguer et que le sol est quasiment libre on cultive de la luzerne dessous.. cela va très bien!!!.. pas de quoi faire tant de discours stupides pour la plupart!!!.. By

  • Stefan’s work is amazing. I’ve integrated many of his practices in my own permaculture orchard in northern Vermont.

  • Is does not take long for the re establishment of wildlife and insect life to return once the monoculture of factory farming disappears.Im reforesting 7 acres and planting gardens with wildflower meadow.Dug a 130ft pond.NOW,I lend some land to a bee keeper.My place rocks in the morning with song birds,and turtles in the pond.Everything came back naturally.There's no better feeling.

  • Anyone know what kind of fruit is pictured around 5:03? I have a bunch around my house, but have no idea what they are! They smell sweet, and have separate pods on the inside…

  • Hello, this video us just the thing I was looking for. Please is there a way I can reach you by phone, or with email I can leave my number. I'm leaving my email address, I have so many questions I need to ask.

  • i do this in my small backyard. polyculture. full of insects. i dont spray a thing on them. everyones telling me im doing it all wrong and that i need to do rows of mono culture, use fertalizer, trim back, get rid of the native trees, spray chemicals, lay down plastic, use netting. Geeet fucked.

  • this is the way to help our mother earth to gain knowledge of growing abundance. instead of trying to buy abundance so that major chains grow in wealth keeping the rest of us humans in a lack and scarcity. i am ready to start growing abundance in my life. inlakech 💚 thank you for this.

  • No orchards receive mostly potash fertilizer and micro nutrients thru foliage sprays which can not be avoided since a fruit tree sits I. The same soil for some 30 years depleting the same nutrients every year

  • Watching this Video in Australia. Keep up the good work, you've got me thinking about alot ahead of starting my own Orchard here down under!

  • How do you keep the deer and bears out? And the bird comment, I don't get. They tend to take one peck out of 50 fruit, not eat 2 or three whole fruit, so it does tend to be a problem. Love to see what you're doing to avoid the problems I have. I am not even a commercial grower.

  • This is so wonderful and inspiring. I am going to join as a member and go out there a few times this year. Please farmers and gardeners, try this permaculture thing. It seems to make for happy sustainable farms. The planet needs you.

  • Congratulations on your zero eff's given on not producing enough to sell and not caring about how much the insects take.

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