In June 2003, we bought a 100 acre farm near Marmora. After a year of driving to the farm every weekend from Toronto, which takes 2 hours, we decided to take the plunge, and in July 2004 we sold our home in the big smoke and moved to the country. We hadn’t planned to make the move so soon, but we found that once we had a spot in the country, we couldn’t bear to be in the city any longer.
On our farm there is the former cheese factory, a large concrete building measuring 30 by 100 feet (the same size as our former lot in Toronto!), erected in 1907. It was run as a cooperative by the local farmers until the 1950s. Now it serves several purposes: as an area to dry and then store our herbs, a workshop to make our body products, a storefront from which we sell our products, a huge storage area, and a yoga studio. Karen has been teaching classes in The Yoga Factory since September 2012.
We also have a great old barn, which currently overnights five goats. We also have a greenhouse where we start the herbs and the vegetables we grow for our own use, in addition to using it to house our chickens over the winter, where they spend the winter months scratching through leaf compost and creating fertile soil.
Why herbal body products, you ask? It all started with a desire to make petroleum and chemical free body products for our children. Once we perfected our recipes, we wanted to share our healthy, high-quality natural products with others. Our products are safe for the whole family – children, babies, adults and even pets!
Welcome to Porcupine Creek Farm!
Karen and Matt Caruana