I’m so glad you’ve come by! Welcome to Natura’s Blog! This is where I will keep you up to date on the comings and goings of our project and our property! Natura has had amazing progress over the past six months, and I cannot wait to share it with you!
Let me start with the basics! I’m Nada – my husband is our Vice President, Michael Sheppard. We originally met our President, Rob Hennessey, through a chance meeting at the home of Transition Bay St Margaret‘s founder Bob Cervelli. Michael and Rob started a conversation. The conversation grew into an idea. Discussions over cups of tea about growing gardens, building with hempcrete, and developing CSAs have evolved into a tangible project.
Our desire has been to build a self-sustainable community, to support ourselves, our families, and other families with similar goals and ambitions. We have worked very hard over the last few years. Michael and I put our home up for sale, as did Rob and his wife, Peggy. We also located a beautiful optimal piece of land for our project in the town of Bridgewater.
So here’s where we are currently at – BRIDGEWATER! We made it! We’re all here!
Rob and his family sold their home in Lewis Lake NS last year, and after a brief stint of living in a fantastically set up camper trailer (you should have seen the cool deck this thing had!), they are now living on the future site of the Natura Co-op Community. The 30 acre property has been their home since the summer. Currently, they are residing in a mobile home they’ve had moved up to the property. Their son Dylan has started school in Bridgewater this past September.
Michael and I sold our house in December of 2016 and moved to Bridgewater at the beginning of 2017. We now rent an apartment a stone’s throw away from the property and Michael is currently looking for a job in the area. Despite our apartment being half the size of the house we were once in, I have to say, we are all loving it, especially the beautiful view of the Lahave River out our back window.
Bridgewater has welcomed us with open arms. The town is a beautiful place to live and raise a family. Our daughter Naomi has joined up with the local Girl Guides group, and we’ve been to the local library numerous times, as well as enjoying the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Center’s beautiful pool and facilities. Everything we need is just a stone’s throw away, and we have found we lack for nothing.
As for the project itself, it is really starting to take off! Natura has many opportunities that it will see unfolding in the coming months. From starting our gardens on the property, to upcoming events and workshops still in the works, we are looking to reach many milestones and achievements within the year! Seedlings will soon be starting, as well as various projects and meetings, all of which I am excited to share with you right here!
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Now, if only spring would get here sooner…