A blog about all things rural and agritourism related

A Guide On How To Treat Outdoor Timber

Looking for tips on how to treat outdoor timber? This guide covers everything you need to know to keep your wooden surfaces and structures looking great and protected from the elements. From cleaning and sealing to staining and painting, this guide has got you covered.


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How Much Does A Passive House Cost?

Learn all about custom home costs and the extra costs associated with high-performance homes like passive and pretty good houses. Find out what factors affect the cost of building your dream home, what to watch out for, and general principles to keep in mind.


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A Quick Escape to Nature: Farmstay Resorts

Why is your farm stay a mini resort?! You’ve probably never thought about your farm stay as a resort, but to many people, it is. So, it’s essential to treat it that way, and there are a few criteria you should consider when you plan it. Tourism spending around the world is shifting from spending in […]


A Complete Guide to Site Plan Approval

What is Site Plan Control, and how to navigate your agritourism project through it smoothly? Master planning an on-farm winery with a restaurant. Co-credit South2010 architects. You may have heard your municipality mention Site Plan Approval when you go to them with a building permit or agritourism request. And you are probably wondering what the […]


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Understanding The OMAFRA Guidelines For Your On-farm Diversified Uses

What are the OMAFRA guidelines for On-farm Diversified uses?  The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) created the “Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario’s Prime Agricultural Areas” to assist municipalities in what OMAFRA feels protects “prime farmland” while providing opportunities for different income streams for farmers. It’s important to remember that it […]


Apple flagship store in an agritourism field

How to create a farm retail store like a major flagship brand!

Did you know your farm store is like the flagship store of 5th Avenue in New York?! A flagship store’s purpose is to convey a brand and provide a shopping experience relating to that brand. That is precisely what you are doing at your farm. You are trying to tie an experience to a purchase. […]


Farm Store Retail Design Trick & Layouts

In the last blog, we talked about brand and experience, something you are probably doing very well on your farm already! So, what are the practicalities of retail space design for your farm? Customer Flow It starts at the laneway. Ensure they know where to go (this also helps you control privacy). Signage and views […]


50 Ideas for Your Barn Conversion Project

So, we convinced you to keep your barn! Now, what are you going to use it for? Here are some ideas to give your old barn a new life. We hope these suggestions ignite your creativity for repurposing your old barn into something unique! Barn Restoration for Agriculture Uses: There is nothing wrong with reusing […]


Providing Excellent and Customer-Centric Design

Good design is good business! A customer who has a great experience will share that great experience! So how do you create a great experience? I firmly believe it starts with thoughtful design of the property, the buildings, the product, the branding, and the story. All this is designed; it can’t just happen, it has […]


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How to adopt a Barn?

Discover the joy of adopting a barn and preserving our rich heritage. Support sustainability, restore architectural treasures, and make a lasting impact.