The Morning Glory Farm Goes Back to the Land

Learn about a visit to a small, Ontario farming community of people who focused on living naturally.

| January/February 1970

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    Members of the Morning Glory Farm assist their neighbor in building a house. It took one day from start to finish.
    Photo by Rod MacDougall

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The weather was perfect! Even the crying of the two car-sick children and an assortment of frayed adult tempers could do little to dampen the enthusiasm of visiting one of Ontario's first rural hip communities.

Situated in northeastern Ontario, five rural communal farms have formed in the last year by young adults in search of life …. They have found it.

Along with a group of 11 Alternate Society members from Toronto, I spent five days living, working, and grooving on 100 acres known as Morning Glory Farm. The meals were an adventure in themselves: Apple pan dowdy, fresh-baked corn bread, soybean concoctions, natural cereal breakfasts, and many other wholesome, naturally delicious foods untainted by standard brands or general foods.

On arriving, we were amazed by the serene beauty of the scenery. Past glimmering lakes, brooding hills, fields that spoke of limitless and unfettered freedom, we drove. The children — made ill by miles of droning engine and slowly weaving blacktop — were now wide-eyed and breathless with smiles frozen on their faces in the excitement of their rural roller-coaster uphill, downhill ride.

After a comedy of wrong turns we found the splendor of Morning Glory Farm!

Most of the farms in the area are without electricity, though the power lines run by most farms. Morning Glory is no exception. We left the power line (and, with it, the last vestige of organized society) behind and traveled 1/2 mile through a creek bed valley and up the hill to our new home.

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