Welcome to Family Yields! My name is Julie.  I’m currently a stay-at-home mom of three children who are 6, 4, and 2.  Our family is committed to permaculture as a lifestyle choice.  We are learning as we go.  This blog is an attempt to capture our journey as we learn about permaculture ways of life by just doing it. The following quote from Ghandi is my guiding principle:

Be the change we wish to see in the world

A bit about me: I am happy.  I am a mother.  I am an artist.  I am an educator.  I am a librarian.  I am a kundalini yogi.  I am a permaculturalist (arguably – as I’m not formally certified yet). I grew up in small town Ontario, as did my husband, Rob.  We lived only 6 minutes from each other growing up, and our parents had been acquaintances before our birth.  We didn’t meet each other until high school.  Rob was friends with my older sister, and in the music program as well.  We got to know each other and started dating when he was 18, and I was a mere 16 years old.  The rest is history! We stayed together when he went off to university in Toronto and I completed two years of high school.  I joined him in Toronto, and we continued our journey.  We were married in 2002, and following that spent a year abroad in England, where I was studying sculpture on a university exchange program.  We returned for my final year of teacher training and settled into Toronto for 10 years or so.  I have been an upper elementary school teacher since graduation, but am currently on leave.  We relocated back to where our parents reside, near London, Ontario in 2008.  After establishing ourselves and settling into career-type jobs we started our family.

In front is our annual garden. Beyond that, along the cedars is our bed of jerusalem artichokes. In the far distance beyond the bird house is our orchard.

Our homestead is half an acre, which is just enough space to plant all the fruit trees Rob has been dreaming of.  Our forest garden is underway, with all the trees now planted in.  As a family we spend our time having fun and thinking of ways to better ourselves, our lives, and the world.  Things we strive toward include: forest gardening, homesteading, sustainable animal husbandry, preparing and eating whole foods, preserving, disconnecting from mainstream media, mindfulness, unschooling, eating locally, the transition movement (including an inner transition group), and in general we deeply listen to how each of our choices affect the permaculture ethics of earth care, people care and fair share.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you find something of value here.



    1. Thanks Leah, I hope to be inspirational, but in all honesty, I’ve been finding this blog a great way to work through some of my inner permaculture transitions. I have already uncovered so much in my first few weeks of publishing online. Until I started blogging, I had no idea the kind of clarity committing my words to text would bring.

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