appleturnover is home to a century-old heritage apple orchard, overlayed with a forest of food, fibre, fodder, fuel and medicinals. Part walled kitchen garden, part silvopasture, appleturnover is 1 ½ acres filled with ponds, a root cellar, a summer house, an art studio, espaliers, grape arbours, composting toilets, hazelnut greywater mulch beds, hidden rainwater catchments, untilled potagers and a creek running through a thicket. Today the gardens are home to a pair of little milk goats, flocks of chickens and ducks, as well as our charming farm cat.
appleturnover is a studio focusing on traditional skills, applied ecology, and creative responses to everyday living in a time of ecological emergency.
appleturnover is the site of writings and images, collected these fifteen years, following our experiments with applying tried and true tools and sound practices to the challenges of learning to living a sustainable life. We hope that you might like to learn from our experiments too.
appleturnover is a family of artists, writers and filmmakers documenting slow, simple approaches to becoming resilient and regenerative at home and in our island communities. Our children have been learning at home all their lives and join us in projects around microfarm, the farmhouse, in the studio and community.
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appleturnover is a microfarm and studio on Salt Spring Island, one of the southern Gulf Islands in the Salish Sea, Canada.