Providence Lane Homestead is a fibre-focused permaculture homestead in a renovated and restored heritage home. Welcome to our frontier!
Our farm currently is home to a small but flourishing “flerd” of sheep and alpacas with an emphasis on exceptional animal husbandry, regenerative land management and high-quality fibre. We are also working diligently to build a breeding flock of registered Border Leicester sheep. This particularly hardy breed is currently in decline around the world. . . One of the many breeds that our homesteading settler ancestors would have brought with them from the hills of Northern England. We’re doing what we can to ensure their qualities aren’t lost to us.
Join us for storytime and sharing with one of our dear friends and elders from the Siksika Nation, the First People on this land (pre-book for this time, please). Thanks to our partners at the Calgary Aboriginal Friendship Centre, we will also have some Indigenous games and other experiences that will appeal to young and old alike.
We’ll go into some of the details, some of the lessons learned, mistakes we wish we had avoided, things we’re glad we did, and some of the other nuts-and-bolts of our homesteading journey.
Red Barn Books, a local publisher of high-quality children’s books with an Alberta focus, will also be on hand. Come out to our little prairie home on the range!
Our farm consists of alpacas and sheep – with new babies expected in June! – as well as heritage breed poultry and horses.
We will happily show our fibre process including raw fleeces, washing, hand carding and spinning.
There will be opportunities for guests to interact with the animals and attend a nature walk highlighting in-season local plants and their traditional uses.
Address: Site 15, Box 28, RR1, Cochrane AB T4C 1A1
Directions: From Cochrane, head north on Hwy 22 to Township Rd. 280. Turn left and head west to Horse Creek Rd. At the four-way stop, turn right and proceed north about one kilometer to 280164 Horse Creek Rd. We are the second driveway on the right, just past the large riding arena. From Calgary, head west on Crowchild Trail as though you were going to Cochrane. Turn right and head north on Lochend Rd. Follow Lochend Rd. to Hwy 567. At the stop sign, turn left and head west to Hwy 22. At the stop - there's a Shell station on your right - turn right and head north on Hwy 22 to Township Rd. 280. Turn left and head west to Horse Creek Rd. At the four-way stop, turn right and proceed north about one kilometer to 280164 Horse Creek Rd. We are the second driveway on the right, just past the large riding arena.
Join us in August when more than 80 farms, ranches and ag-tourism operators open their gates and invite visitors to share in local stories, see on-farm demonstrations and purchase locally grown and produced products.