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, other sustainable practices were adopted, including a mobile chicken coop, chicken tractors in the orchard, and bio-shelters. With this newfound confidence, ducks, goats and sheep were introduced to the farm in late 2017. With agritourism in mind, bunnies were added in 2018, Muscovy ducks in 2020, alpacas in 2021, and two miniature horses and a zebu cow in 2022! Most of the farm animals are free range, and those who are not live in long mobile coops, safe from predators, and with access to fresh grass each day.
Over the last few years, Project PACE became a family business, with Edward and his wife Faina (or Faya) at its helm. Their oldest daughter, Marina, piloted the first version of the Interactive Farm Tours in 2018. By the end of the year, Faya fully developed and launched them to the public. Expanding on their artistic values, Faina and Edward’s daughter, Lina, joined the project PACE team in 2021. She illustrated the Farm Zine, and, along with her sister and mother, helps to manage their social media accounts. Additionally, all family members occasionally work as tour guides.
Project PACE often hosts volunteering events—a truly wonderful bonding experience that brings joy to everyone involved. Thanks to the volunteers, their farm has had the opportunity to grow and develop. They are also involved with special needs kids. Groups visit their 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.