The MHB Mission

Our mission is to inspire families to explore homegrown and local food producers as significant sources of the foods that are consumed.

Join us as we experiment in the kitchen and garden, and seek ways to supplement our health by increasing the availability of healthy, local, organic, plant-based foods while gaining skills to be more self-sustainable.

Home gardening with a focus on healthy food and sustainable practices!

Throughout the season, we’ll be digging into topics such as:

  • Gardening experiments to extend our growing and harvesting seasons.
  • Regaining knowledge and skills that have been almost lost (i.e. fermentation, seed saving, root cellaring, produce storage).
  • growing fruits and vegetables not often found in a home garden (collards, sweet potatoes)
  • recipes to make the most of our healthy, organic fruits and veggies
  • exploring sustainable practices that we can apply to our gardens and other projects
  • and more!

Why we started this journey

Several years ago, in the throes of a loved-ones long un-diagnosed illness, we began exploring holistic healthcare, natural nutrition and the healing benefits of food.  We relocated to be closer to our family and bought a home with a small front and backyard.  Over the years, we have transformed it to include fruit trees, bushes and flowers and annual/perennial edibles beds.

We’ve done a lot of work; we still have some work ahead of us.   We are working to find the best methods to provide a harvest of vegetables through the winter. Also, we are experimenting with growing foods that are not common to home gardens in this area!

This blog is a window into what we have learned through our experiments, as we seek ways to enhance our health by increasing the availability of healthy, plant-based foods and gaining skills to be more self-sustainable.


We want to make it clear that we are not experts in gardening. While we have been gardening in southern Ontario for the past three decades, we are constantly learning. As we share our experiences with you, we will highlight what worked well and what didn’t, along with the reasons behind our outcomes. Our objective is to establish a garden area and plan that we can replicate annually, enabling us to yield as much healthy, organic homegrown produce as possible. In the event of overproduction, we can always donate the surplus to our neighbors or the local food bank.

As we embark on this journey, you may observe us making mistakes that you can easily recognize. Therefore, we encourage you to share your knowledge and experiences with us by leaving comments.

So, sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy our journey! We’re sure there will be a few laughs along the way.