We are presently looking for help in June 1-23! And could host one more person from May 23.
We are a lovely heritage farmstead on the eco-marvellous Bruce Peninsula. 7 acre property includes small barn, wonderful old apple trees, large gardens and Wellness Studio. After 5 years of running a great little local foods cafe, in 2013 we began transitioning to other ways of utilizing our harvest. One primary emphasis is now herbs and you will have ample opportunity to learn about growing, wildcrafting, harvesting and using herbs for food, medicine, personal and home care. We grow and harvest over 100 varieties of herbs throughout the growing season. Our other primary emphasis is homestead, heritage livestock. We have a small ever changing herd of goats ( mostly Kiko,) Black Welsh Mountain and Icelandic sheep. Our operation is non certified organic and we are currently going through the Canadian Organic Growers Organic Success Program.
This is our 11th year being host to helpers from many different parts of the world. Two of my adult children and their families live on or nearby and participate on the farm. We are experiencing multiple moves as one family moves in and another out. For this reason, many things will be on a bit smaller scale this year, but all the activity descriptions still apply.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Hello lovely workawayers! We are now looking for volunteers for summer and fall, we are currently full until June.
Fencing and shelter building are ongoing. Care and interaction with the goats & sheep are year round activities, and routine daily animal care will be part of what you will help with!
Spring focus is on preparing the gardens (often including new beds), seed starting, caring for transplants, and planting seedlings and seeds into the garden. Caring for newborn kids and lambs.
Summer activities include cultivating, weeding, harvesting, tending, succession planting, moving the paddock for the animals for fresh rotational grazing, etc.
Herb harvesting & processing begins in late spring early / summer, and goes on through the rest of the season. We will also be making medicines ( tinctures, salves, cough syrups etc), skin care products, tea blends and more through the year.
Fall focuses on harvesting, canning, cider making & winter preparation, including firewood and preparing winter quarters for the animals.
Property building, maintenance and development processes including keeping the trail network and labyrinth maintained are ongoing through spring summer and fall.
Winter helpers are welcome, focusing on outbuilding projects, seed starting, firewood, & renovation projects, herbal product making, and animal care. Animals now need hay/grain/other feeds as they are in their winter paddocks without access to grazing.
We invite you to join our our friendly crew expanding, planting and cultivating herb (culinary and medicinal) & veggie gardens, harvesting and processing the harvest (canning, drying, freezing, juicing, salting, etc.), maintaining established perennial beds, reclaiming orchards, repairing & modifying the barn for animals, etc. Helpers take a fair share of routine household tasks in addition to volunteer hours (eg. participating in supper prep or clean up, 60-90 mins per week contributing to keeping common spaces and accommodations clean). After a day of good hard work, we often relax with a soak in the outdoor hot tub, or pop out to the shore for a swim in the summer!
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We are gay friendly and otherwise inclusive!
English, German, French
Bunkie ( most volunteers stay in the comfortable "motor bunkie"), trailer or tent ( for those who prefer it only) accommodation. (Winter accommodation is indoors).
Free-time activities include boating, biking, hiking, swimming, exploring, frequent music and campfires, and using the labyrinth on the property. Buzz into town on a bike! Wellness activities available on site & in abundance locally. Lovely rock labyrinth in the garden.
Winter activities include snowshoeing, x-country skiing, ice skating, and stargazing; plus of course board games by the wood stove!
We are in an extremely beautiful and diverse area and always invite volunteers when we are going hiking, swimming, or to new ( to you) locations. Google Bruce Peninsula, Sauble Beach, Owen Sound if you'd like.
We generally pick up volunteers at the bus in Owen Sound.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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