The Hart House Farm
History & Geography
The Hart House Farm is located on the Niagara Escarpment in Caledon, Ontario, about a one hour drive northwest of Toronto. It was purchased by Warden Nicolas Ignatieff in 1949 to provide students with an opportunity to experience rural life.
The Farm features a number of hiking trails through the woods, stone crevices along the edge of the escarpment, quarry ponds suitable for swimming, and a wood-fired sauna. There is also a maple sugar bush, garden plot, large hayfield, and several laying hens.
Check out some photos of the Farm from then and now on our Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hhfarmcommittee
Accessing the Farm
In addition to attending Farm Committee events, students or student groups can book the Farm for their own events, retreats, and more. You can download an info sheet or pick one up at the Meeting and Event Servicesoffice.
The Hart House Farm Committee
Who are we?
The Farm Committee is made up of U of T students who love spending time outdoors and are interested in food, agriculture, and sustainability. There are 11 executive positions: 2 Co-Secretaries and 9 Voting Members. One Voting Member position is reserved for an incoming first-year student, who may apply to sit on the Committee in early September of each year (check the Hart House website for updates). Voting Members may record their involvement on their Co-Curricular Record. Non-Voting Members are also welcome and encouraged to join the Committee and participate in meetings, volunteer at events, and get involved in other Committee activities.
What do we do?
The Committee aims to provide U of T students and Hart House Members with quality programming and enriching experiences at the Hart House Farm. Our programming focuses on outdoor activities, sustainable food, organic agriculture/gardening, nature, as well as environmental and sustainability issues. Our goal is to provide a way for students and Hart House Members to escape the city and spend some time discovering Ontario’s natural beauty. Our four main events are Cider n’ Song in the fall, Winter Escape (formerly Winter Carnival) in mid-winter, Sugaring Off in the spring, and Midsummer’s Eve in June.
Interested in getting involved?
The Farm Committee is always looking for help! If you are interested in becoming a member, volunteering at one of our events, or even just joining our e-mail listserv, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org