An Old Tyme Barn Raising ‘Bee’: 
August 19 through 25th 

ClearWater Farm invites YOU get involved in a unique, historic community event that all of Georgina will remember for generations to come.

We are hosting the Timber Framers Guild to rebuild the barn that accidentally burnt down on the Lake Drive East property in 2016. The Timber Framers Guild use traditional timber framing craftsmanship to erect the structures but the Guild also has a vision of ‘enriching community through craft’ – quite an alignment with the values that the Ontario Water Centre, the not-for-profit that runs ClearWater Farm, holds dear.


Sunday, August 19th“What you will see this week at the Farm”
presented by a member of the Timber Framers Guild

Location: ClearWater Farm, 481 Lake Drive East
Time: 7:15PM
All welcome to meet the Timber Framers crew and hear and see how our barn will go up!

Thursday, August 23The big beams go up and the structure
really starts to look like a barn!

1. Informal viewing by the public welcome this day
Location: ClearWater Farm, 481 Lake Drive East
Time: 10am to 12noon and to 2pm to 4pm *please note due to safety regulations, the public is not allowed to go onto the construction site – but there is alot of action today and there is a good view from outside the construction fence.

2.  Share Stories and Ask Questions to our crew!
Hear more about the craft of timber framing: members of the Guild love to share stories, ideas, and techniques
– get an update on the build so far.
Location: Keswick United Church, 177 Church Street
Time: 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Friday, August 24Friday Night Social – Barn Edition!

Local vendors and sponsors come together to meet the public and sell their products and services. Meet the Timber Framers Guild crew and try some yummy food from our gardens made by Chef Cori Doern. More info on vendors TBA.
Location: ClearWater Farm, 481 Lake Drive East
Time: 3:30pm to 8:30pm

Saturday, August 25: Barn Raising Final Day Festival

A day for families on the farm as we welcome storytellers, musicians and hold workshops on the farm. The Timber Framers Guild will do demos with their traditional tools and you can try them out too. What a amazing sight the barn will be on this, the last day of construction.
More info on workshops and events TBA.

Location: ClearWater Farm, 481 Lake Drive East
Time: 3:30PM TO 8:30PM 

“A barn raising bee is a collective action of a community, in which a barn  is built or rebuilt by members of the community. Barn raising was particularly common in 18th- and 19th-century rural North America.”

Business Sponsorship Opportunities

You and your company can help us ReBuild the ClearWater Farm barn!

As a sponsor of the ClearWater Farm Barn – you will help get local kids outside, learning
and exploring ClearWater Farm, nature and Lake Simcoe! And make the new ClearWater barn their HQ for learning for years to come…

Find out about becoming a sponsor! 

Cocktail Dinner

On Oct. 2, we are holding a ‘cocktail dinner’ at Wychwood Barn in Toronto.

The fundraiser evening is to support a better future for kids on ClearWater Farm/Lake Simcoe – as a place to help them grow closer to food and increase their connections to nature. Stay tuned for tickets!