About Oliver Farm

Oliver Farm sits on 35 acres backing onto the French River which runs into the village of Tatamagouche. The farm was once a much larger mixed operation owned by Bessy Oliver, it then changed hands a few times and farming fell by the wayside until October 2009 when during a trip to the North shore of Nova Scotia, we jumped at the opportunity to buy it. Crikey, are we nuts?
A lot of paper work and a good leaving do later, we left the UK and arrived in Nova Scotia in April 2010 and registered the farm.
2011 was our first year in operation and despite a very delayed spring, somehow we managed to produce field grown fresh-cut flowers, herbs, garlic and a variety of fruit and veg using organic principles. The beauty, freshness and bold colours of the flowers were simply overwhelming so quite frankly we are hooked, who says pretty flowers have to come off the plane covered in chemicals from Colombia?

We sell principally at the Halifax Seaport Farmer's market and locally in Tatamagouche. As well as farming we are also trying to establish the property back to its former glory with the luxury (ie. insulation and upstairs bathroom) of the modern day. Being British we have a natural love of gardening and a certain expectation of our backyard so whenever we can find the time we aim to landscape the gardens to really make the most of the property inside and out. This is our big adventure!

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  1. Can you transport everybody over then we won't miss you so much ��Plenty of able-bodied folk to help (!!), dogs to keep your 2 company & imagine the endless ideas being bounced around over a wee dram at night!! ��Think Mum would hate the varying temperatures?? X

  2. Hi Fay and Jamie,

    I hope you don’t mind me contacting you out of the blue. I am a television producer working for major independent production company Optomen Television in London. We are currently producing a new documentary series for Channel 4 in the UK about people who have quit the rat race and moved to live in remote locations the world. It will be an inspirational series following the incredible stories of ordinary people who are living a unique way of life in some of the most beautiful and breath-taking places. The presenter, Kevin McCloud, best known for presenting the hit TV series ‘Grand Designs’ will visit people in their wildness homes and get to experience first-hand the wonder of life in these stunning locations.
    Our research team in London is currently looking for suitable stories to feature in the series and we're keen to contact people who may be interested in taking part. I thought I would contact you as I’m trying to find Expat British families attempting to live self-sufficiently in wilderness locations. I was wondering if you could be interested? Or perhaps know of other British Expats living in Canada that may be suitable?
    Our show is primarily about living off the land and going to a back to basics existence. The presenter, Kevin McCloud has made a programme for Channel 4 in the UK called ‘Kevin’s Man Made Home’ which explores self-sustainability and ‘Wild Homes’ is an extension of this theme.

    Here’s a bit more explanation on the show. The idea is that the presenter Kevin will spend around 5 days living with the contributors, experiencing life in wilderness locations. Our ideal scenario is one where the individual/couple/family have built their own property and are living off-grid. A large element of the show is about living in the wilderness, so the larger the element of living off the land, the better. This particular show is more about moving to the wilderness to enjoy a simpler life, surrounded by nature. We are looking at how they get water, electricity, food, how they school the kids, etc.

    Any help you can provide is much appreciated. Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Many Thanks and Kind Regards,
    Cheryl Jackson