Looking for outdoor property management, gardening, chicken care and elder care support in Ontario, Canada



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    Our Eco Farm is an incredibly beautiful +16 acre homestead, where we are slowly growing in becoming self-sufficiency. We have had lay & meat chickens and plan to start that up again Spring 2019. We have 4 thriving beehives and managing honey bees is a fun learning opportunity. We grow a yearly small organic vegetable garden (mostly for personal use), medicinal herbs, over 450 large lavender plants, many perennial flowers, and a beginning baby orchard of over 40 different fruit and nut trees and bushes. We hope to start up some mushroom logs again next spring for harvesting in 2020. We have a gorgeous spring fed pond that you can swim in from late May to early September. Ingrid is a psychotherapist and a Natural Building Architect. She is experienced at teaching courses on these various related subjects, including general homesteading and you may also be assisting in setting up possible events and/or online training's.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Elderly Care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

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    Looking for outdoor property management, organic gardening, homesteading, chicken care & some elder care support. We usually have 100 meat chickens to do each year. We have lots of perennial flowers, a large organic veg garden & greenhouse, medicinal herbs, canning/dehydrating/food preservation, small orchard, bee care & honey making (September), start-up mushroom logs (May) and lavender harvesting (July - Sept). We are considering experimenting with soaps and/or ointment products. We would also like to set up some online courses that will eventually funnel people to attend hands-on workshops in 2019. We may be able to use computer, website, social media assistance. I may also offer some psychotherapy healing weekend workshops that may need food cooking assistance.

    You may be doing some house cleaning, re-organizing or cooking as needed. Part-time care of my mom (with dementia) increases during the summer.

    I always have a number of natural building projects that are ongoing, from updating/finishing a school bus retrofit (sleeps 4), finishing a small wood sleeping 10' x 10' bunkie (sleeps 5), renovating the inside of a 1 bedroom trailer (sleeps 6), to fixing up the chicken coops, a few large outside art mural ideas, interior house painting, bathroom reno's & other small house repairs, etc. Currently I am renovating my bathroom and doing a lime & hemp, cob/tadelakt waterproof finish to the shower and 1 bathroom wall. Maybe build also a pond deck and small canopy area this summer.

    Expectation of 25 - 30 hours/week Tuesdays, Thursday's, Friday's, Saturday's & Sunday's (most preferred) for working (as I'm not available to supervise on Monday's, Wednesdays and Thursday's from 2 pm on). However, if you are good at self-directed work with some experience in gardening or building, you will be at the very top of the list. Hours may be able to be flexible and 3 - 4 day trips away can be possible at times (not every week though!).

    We have a very friendly and active border collie dog.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn how to become a simple homesteader, gardening, bee care, chicken care, practical day to day skills of how to manage a large property, small-scale natural building and renovation skills, as well as possible holisitic wellness skills.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, a bit of dutch

  • Accommodation


    I have a really nice guest room in the house with 2 twin beds, 2 full 3 piece bathrooms in the house, an extra bathroom in the coach house and a renovated school bus that can accommodate up to 4 people (good for end of May to mid October), as well as a wood frame sleeping bunkie and trailer that I hope to have finished sometime in the summer of 2019.

    We are often booked from May to September well in advance. If you are interested in 2019, please contact me ASAP! I prefer a range of 2 min. - 3 people max. at a time. May can be busier for planting and opening up the property, repairs and July/August may be more to concentrate on interesting building projects. Although, things can often change at the last minute with workawayer visitors, so please still contact me just in case.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is a farm truck for errands that a valid International Driver's License is needed. It has no power steering, so you have to have good arm muscles to turn it. It's mostly used for on the farm until I can afford to buy a new truck. it can go on trips to pick up things locally, but I have to know you can drive it as safely as I can.

    We are located 1 hour away from downtown Toronto, outside of rush hour traffic (we are north-east of Toronto, 20 min south of Lake Simcoe). And we are about 1 - 1.5 hours away from some great wilderness, canoeing or camping areas up north. Suggestions can be provided of where to sightsee trips, local entertainment, etc...

    We tend to eat a very holistic, approx. half organic diet with gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or dairy-free options. We have several board games available, hundreds of books on all subjects of homesteading, natural building, holistic health, mental wellness, spirituality and healing that you may read here. We also have many percussion instruments including drums, rattles, silver & wooden flute, guitar and a harpsichord piano (needs to get tuned) for evening fun! We have a large screen TV, and an extra laptop for movies or possible Netflix (country internet is slow and is limited for your video use, etc. as it is expensive here. So only for emails and some research is ok.) There are plenty of DVD movies available too. We also have a canoe that can be borrowed, along with wilderness camping equipment.

    I value my privacy greatly, so I expect boundaries to be honored such as my personal spaces (office, bedroom, upstairs bathroom and coach house therapy room), quiet after 10 pm at night, clean up dishes after yourself if not eating with the group, etc. This is a NON-SMOKING house and property, including 420 (marijuana). If you smoke while you are here, you will be asked to leave eventually. Alcohol use is minimal, although we do sometimes have some honey mead to try that we have made and you may like to purchase your own beer or wine.

  • A little more information

    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

    Maximum 5-6 hours a day, 4-6 days a week (max 25 - 30 hours/week)

My Photo Album

Andrew & Camille eating wholesome and healthy food!
Buddha Garden
Franzi, Riki & Silas, workawayers from Germany, taking a refreshment break after a hard job at scraping paint of the deck! (April 2017)
Awesome workaway students, Franzi & Riki, from Germany planting seeds in dining room (April 2017)
View of greenhouse from the swimming pond!
Try some of my organic honey mead wine! My first batch (May 2017)!
Meat chicken growing! (Temporarily on hold until predator protection issues resolved!)
Beehive management and honey making!
Entry to Veg Garden!
Digging up carrots for the cold cellar on the first snowy day of November 2016!
Putting the rebar in place for the curved concrete roof of the new cold cellar!
Incredibly amazing fresh spring water swimming pond!
View of coach house building on left and main house/screen porch on right, with giant organic raspberry bush in the very bottom front of photo!
View of main house from Flower Garden area.

Host ref number: 385916392483