Experience life on a lovely heritage farmstead on the eco-marvellous Bruce Peninsula, Canada

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    Hello Workawayers!!

    We are currently looking for 1-2 more mature volunteers for stays of at least 3 weeks ( preferably 4 or more), in October & possibly November.

    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 an ever changing herd of goats ( mostly Kiko,) Black Welsh Mountain and Icelandic sheep, and a flock of Buff Orpington heritage ducks. Our operation is non certified organic and we are currently going through the Canadian Organic Growers Organic Success Program.

    We are now a 2 generation household and have been host to helpers from many different parts of the world. My adult son and his family live nearby and participate on the farm; he is the lead for the goat/sheep project and related building/fencing.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    Elderly Care
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Animal care

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    Hello lovely workawayers! We are now looking for volunteers, as harvest projects are in full swing and we would appreciate help harvesting, succession planting, working on a renovation project, and getting up to speed with more than doubled goat & sheep herds and duck flock.

    Four gorgeous kids were born into our herd of goats this spring, then 10 pure bred kiko's arrived recently! In addition to the goats, we are home to 2 Icelandic sheep, 3 recently arrived black welsh mountain sheep and our flock of Buff Orpington ducks. Fencing and shelter building are ongoing. Care and interaction with the goats, sheep and ducks are year round activities, animal chores morning and evening will be part of what you will help with year round!

    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.
    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 and brooding ducklings. Milking starts and goes through to fall.
    Summer activities include cultivating, weeding, harvesting, tending, succession planting, moving the paddock for the animals for fresh rotational grazing, etc.

    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 & preparing 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!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, French

  • Accommodation


    Bunkie ( most volunteers stay in the comfortable "motor bunkie"), trailer or tent ( for those who prefer it only) accommodation. (Winter accommodation is indoors).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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