Welcome to Vibrant Acres

We are a colour farm growing and harvesting natural colours from plants for use in fibre and craft

This spring, we will be trading our bustling downtown balcony garden for four acres of rolling farmland in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. We’ll be sharing our creative explorations and learnings as we go. We hope you’ll join us as we step into this new chapter.

Read our story


Michelle Darwin & Calvin Schnurr

Meet Us

We’re moving from city to country to build a life of creative making, connect with the land, and live more sustainably. We’ve been hearing this call within ourselves and it’s time to see where it leads.

Our story

A ladybug walking along a narrow bridge of Queen Anne's lace

The Garden

From a fairly rough patch of land, we intend to create a beautiful garden overflowing with flowers and plants with which we can make a veritable array of stunning colour.

Where it begins…

Naturally-dyed fabric swatches laying flat with some dye plants at centre

Creating Colour

Over time, our barn will become a studio space in which we can create colours and craft handmade dyed goods. The range of colours nature has to offer is simply astonishing.

Growing & harvesting colour


“Gardens are poems where you stroll with your hands in your pockets.”

Pierre Albert-Birot

From our Instagram feed