Published on April 27th, 2015 | by the Flesherton0
Kimbercote Farm to Sell
A retreat centre in Beaver Valley owned by Kimbercote non-profit will severe and donate a large portion of its property to the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy – and plans to sell the remaining portion.
Kimbercote, an organization that been dedicated to practicing and promoting environmental stewardship, social responsibility and spiritual exploration for five decades began in Caledon Hills. Currently the organization operates Kimbercote Farm, a 110-acre property that is home to a renovated century farmhouse known as the Centre, a barn and a staff residence, as well as a demonstration strawbale building, stone labyrinth, walking trails, vegetable gardens and outdoor amenities.
The group keeps its trails open to public use and various groups and educational institutions have, over the years, used the facility for teaching purposes, including the University of Guelph and the University of Western Ontario. The site has hosted annual visits from a number of other educators, and a wide range of local and provincial environmental groups have also conducted workshops and training on-site.
Recently the organization announced that with “a desire to remain relevant while balancing the expressed needs of our communities and constituents, the Board has made a decision to divest the current property, and to develop a new path to supporting social and ecological justice.”
Darilyn Coles and Erica Ferguson, co-chairs of the organization, explain that the board has decided to work with the Escarpment Biosphere Reserve to create a nature reserve on the property behind the Kimbercote buildings. In 2001, Kimbercote formed an agreement with the Escarpment Biosphere Reserve to protect the property, and will now be building on that legacy to donate most of the acreage to ensure continued stewardship, public use, and educational opportunities on the property.
The Conservancy is able to sever the back acreage, and will cover associated severance costs. There will be a large sign inviting public use of the acreage, as well as providing information about Kimbercote’s past and future directions. The front parcel of the property, approximately 30 acres and including the buildings will then be sold at “fair market value.”
Although the farm will be sold, the board says they are still open to other suggestions up until May 15. These could include cooperative models of some form. And, even without the farm site, the organization will continue to pursue its vision and mission of environmental and social responsibility.