Area: OntarioWe are two long time friends who share common goals and desires for a simpler life, living on a fifty acre farmstead located between Ottawa and Montreal. We are in the process of restoring an old farm, reviving pastures and fields, and working towards self sufficiency. We grow fruit & vegetables, and raise Shetland sheep for wool and meat. We also raise chickens for eggs and meat as well as a few geese. We make our own cheese and other dairy products with the milk from our Irish Dexter cow, and preserve food for winter use. We use the wool from the sheep to make some of our products that we sell, such as felt hats, toques, mittens, sweaters, and more. We have been welcoming Canadian and international travelers through various programs for over 15 years, and have had some wonderful times, and developped lasting friendships along the way. We truly enjoy sharing our lives and our love for the homesteading arts and are grateful for the benefits these opportunities bring as well as committed to working through some of the challenges that crop up as strangers become friends. Skills and experience are not as important to us as a wilingness to learn and a keen interest in taking an active part in our lives, in what we do, and supporting our goals. Some of what we do is gardening, weeding, preserving food, making cheese and other dairy products once our cow starts producing milk again, preparing and smoking meats and sausages, canning, drying and pickling (in season). Making sweet apple cider from our many varieties of apple trees.
Area: Rusinga IslandA Community Development Group is a non-profit community-based organization which is registered by the government of Kenya under the Ministry of Gender, Sports, and Social Services. The organization undertakes a number of activities which include: (i) running a school supporting orphans and vulnerable children within the community. the ages of the schoolchildren range from 3-12 years. (ii) HIV-AIDS awareness / home-based care for HIV patients (iii) widow support through microfinancing initiatives (iv) organic farming (v) poverty eradication (vi) non-violent communication (NVC) (vii) girl-child education campaign Currently there are over 100 students at the Centre, and we have had around 10 volunteers in the past that have highly assisted with the project. Ask for our Video on Youtube
Area: Western AustraliaI live near a small country town in Southern Western Australia making permaculture garden beds to grow organic food as an expression of life style, not for commercial enterprise. so routine is varied and flexible. As a disable person (leg amputee), much of my day and work is spent in a wheelchair, (I get more done this way) however this does not deter me from digging holes or constructing various projects. Travelers can expect to stay in a rural setting (sheep, wheat with forest not far away), own living area in large upstairs loft, semi self contained, access to satellite TV and the internet. Assistance with house maintenance, gardening and some building skills would be greatly appreciated. It is said I, am a good cook, eat meat meals and love Asian cuisine of which I am willing to share in exchange for your help. Public transport is available via bus on Albany highway to an agreed pick up point. You will be in walking distant to town and have plenty of time to see the south west. I would welcome the opportunity to assist with transport to most areas in a commodore station wagon so camping (I have a kayak) boating or fishing is a possibility!