Looking Back

The seed for Smart As Poop was sowed years ago when we moved our young family to a rural property in Ottawa, Ontario. We had two young children at the time, the eldest was two, and was filled with wonder for the mysteries, big and small, of her new surroundings. We chose to foster and fuel this curiosity by creating a home environment that immersed our two rapidly developing minds in an environment that inspired and encouraged questions.  

My partner and I turned to nature in our quest to immerse our growing family in learning experiences at home. Young children are naturally curious and inquisitive, to squash their thirst and enthusiasm for knowledge would have been tragic.

Our Journey ... One Step At A Time

Spring 2008

Purchased 27+ acres of land in rural Ottawa.

Spring 2009

Reforested our 27+ acre rural property with 15000+ trees.

Spring 2010

Relocated our growing family to rural Ottawa.

Fall 2010

After a disappointing gardening season (despite having added A LOT of local composted sheep manure) I researched vermicomposting, ordered 2 pounds of worms and got started. For the record … our garden has been AMAZING ever since!

Spring 2011

Started a little hobby farm (eggs, chicken & turkey) so that our kids would grow up knowing where food comes from and to have a healthy respect for both the work and time that goes into food production AND the farmers that make it possible.

Our little hobby farm soon blossomed into a small business offering fresh eggs (roadside stand on an honour system), chicken, turkey and vegetables to local customers.

To this day, our farm and gardens utilize almost exclusively gravity fed recovered rainwater.

Summer 2011

Installed a 10 KW solar array that feeds back into the grid.

Spring 2014

Purchased a Nissan Leaf, 100% electric vehicle.

Began producing our own Maple Syrup.

Winter 2016

Officially launched Smart as Poop

Fall 2019

Began growing some of our own fresh produce indoors during the winter months.


 Vermicomposting Family Sustainable