We are a multi-generational household of four active adults. We have four farm dogs and two horses. Our humane certified pastured poultry farm is located at the north end of the Okanagan Valley in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada. It is a beautiful area with lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation. We have varied interests from mountain biking and snowboarding to farming, travelling, auto racing, book clubs, pub nights, racquet sports, hiking, canoeing and kayaking. We also enjoy a rich, varied and inclusive multi-generational social life. We enjoy hosting gatherings of friends and family ranging from simple cookouts around the campfire to pasture golf, scavenger hunts, barn raising barbecues and long table dinners beside the garden.
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Our farm is located on the top of a glacial deposit. We have used multi-species intensive rotational grazing over time (hogs, beef cattle, sheep) and have found that chickens and turkeys have had the greatest effect in remediating the effects of poor management practises. We also mentor new farmers in a satellite farm system, providing them with an economically viable return as well collaboration and knowledge exchange addressing farm challenges.
We are a host pastured poultry farm for University of Edinburgh veterinary students and have hosted various European students for summer internships.
We raise 2,000 chickens and 300 turkeys on pasture over the March to October season. We use intensive rotational grazing practices (helped by 2 elderly horses) and need help with chores and a variety of farm maintenance projects. We also offer paid employment two days/week at our government licensed processing facility. Humane animal husbandry is very important to us.
In the spring, summer and fall, a typical day at our farm has us up before 7:00 am, with breakfast followed by 1-2 hours of animal husbandry. After a mid-morning break, we get busy with maintenance (eg.compost facility, rainwater catchment system, irrigation, gardening) or special projects, or packing orders and deliveries. About every two weeks, we move birds out of one of the brooder houses to the pasture houses, clean and prepare a brooder for new baby chicks, re-seed the brooder pens and fill the fresh brooder with baby chicks. Most weeks from June to October, we process on Tuesdays and Fridays. The processing is paid employment.
Examples of special projects are fencing, converting our current tackroom to a guest cabin, dry stack rockwall construction, installing a solar panel system on our workshop and outbuildings, designing and building equipment and bedding storage. We use the tractor and loader to reduce the manual labour requirements but still, being a part of an active farm replaces the need to ever go to a gym for a workout!
This host offers accommodation and payment.
We offer a furnished private room with queen sized bed and shared bathroom. We mostly plan, prepare and eat all meals together, with the evening meal followed by any of a variety of leisure activities. We are a household of enthusiastic foodies and eat a variety of foods from various ethnicities. We are always interested in trying new recipes and exploring new ingredients. We have a strong food ethic when it comes to meat consumption.
The Okanagan Valley is a beautiful area with opportunities for outdoor recreation all around us. Within one hour of our farm, you can find vineyards, orchards, ranches, mountains, lakes, an international airport and the amenities of urban life. There are two urban centres a little over one hour drive with populations around 100,000 each. We are located a five hour drive east of Vancouver International Airport, a one hour drive north from Kelowna International Airport and twenty minutes south of the Trans Canada Highway near the small town of Armstrong. We provide a Honda Civic standard 5 speed for your use (if you don't know how to drive a standard, we will teach you!) so that you can explore the small towns, mountains, beaches, hiking trails and other amenities of this area.
Summer afternoons can be pretty hot (28-35C) so afternoons are leisure time, often spent in the cool house, floating on the pond while enjoying a cool refreshment, in one of the local lakes or rivers or maybe on a mountain trail with a couple of our dogs.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week