Project PACE stands for Permaculture, Art, Community and Education.
Project PACE farm was founded in January 2014 by Edward Privorotsky, a former programmer, who got tired of sitting in front of a screen. Edward had been building wooden vermicomposters for several years before he decided to expand on the idea. By renting a piece of land on the island of Montreal, Edward took his first steps towards developing a permacultural farm. His goal was to develop sustainable technologies that, in their efficiency, match conventional agriculture.
The first ventures of hugelkultur and vermicomposting didn’t bring the best results. Nevertheless, Edward continued to learn and explore new ideas. In 2015, chickens were introduced to the farm. Thanks to this project, we adopted various sustainable practices, including a mobile chicken coop, chicken tractors in the orchard, and bio-shelters. With our newfound confidence, ducks, goats and sheep were introduced to the farm in late 2017. With agritourism in mind, we decided to get bunnies in 2018, Muscovy ducks in 2020 and alpacas in 2021! Most of our farm animals are free range.
Over the last few years, Project PACE became a family business, with Faina and Edward Privorotsky at its helm. With Faina’s hard work, in 2018 Interactive Farm Tours were established. Expanding on their artistic values, Faina and Edward’s daughter, Lina, joined the project PACE team in 2021. She illustrated the Farm Zine, helps manage social media accounts and works as a tour guide. In 2021 we also started a new Mobile Farm service, bringing our farm animals to daycares, special events and birthday parties.
Project PACE often hosts volunteering events—a truly wonderful bonding experience that brings joy to everyone involved. Thanks to our volunteers, our farm has had the opportunity to grow and develop. We are also involved with special needs kids. Groups visit our farm to learn about the animals and reconnect with nature.
Throughout the years, the Project PACE team cultivated knowledge and experience; learning to cooperate with nature. Farm work has taught us to be patient, nurturing and harmonious with the Earth.