My name is Kevin, I am a self employed carpenter and small farm owner, originally from the East Coast of Canada. My wife Deana is originally from England and came to Canada as a Nanny. We met in Vancouver, but moved to Vancouver Island 15 years ago for the rural lifestyle. We live on 7.5 acres in the beautiful Cowichan Valley (The Warmlands) with our son Josh 19 and 2 dogs Jet and Snow (both friendly Labs). Our oldest son Sean, 22, pops in from time to time. We have a small upick blueberry hobby farm, a few fruit trees, and we usually have a couple of pigs and some chickens for our own consumption. We are a busy family and love to meet new people from various backgrounds and share our beautiful surroundings with them.
Help in the house
We are now raising our own chickens and hogs for our own consumption and we grow our own vegetables. My wife no longer eats meat and dairy, so we have a pretty varied diet. We love to exchange knowledge and experiences with people we meet. In the Cowichan Valley we have one of the largest first nation communities on the island, there is a lot to learn about the legends, history and culture of the Cowichan People and the Coast Salish Nation. The natural beauty of our valley is incredible, lakes, forests, ocean, mountains. There are farms and vineyards, and wonderful communities such as Chemainus (murals), Cowichan Bay (spot prawn festival), Lake Cowichan is the new home of a huge music festival (Sunfest), Victoria (with its British Heritage) is the capital of BC and just a bus ride away. There are plenty of mountain biking and hiking trails, tubing on the cowichan river or kayaking opportunities.
At the moment our initial need is for help with some small building and maintenance projects around the homestead. We think initially a couple would be a good fit. As we move further into summer we would like to get our garden enlarged and become more self sufficient, as well as some landscaping and ongoing property maintenance. We have been part of workaway for a number years and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience as have the workawayers that have visited us.
English (Sean also speaks French)
We have a 21ft 5th wheel, which has a cook top, microwave, small fridge, running water, heat and lights. Bathroom facilities are in house. And in the summertime also have a spare bedroom in the house.
In your free time, there are plenty of hiking/biking trails close by, that will take you all the way to Victoria, Lake Cowichan and just around the countryside. We are on a bus route for easy access to the both the local towns of Duncan and Lake Cowichan. From Duncan there are busses that go both down the island to the Capital of BC, Victoria and up island to Nanaimo and beyond. The Cowichan River is well known for it's fly fishing. We also have a 33' x18' solar heated swimming pool and a hot tub and a trampoline on the property. In the past we have thoroughly enjoyed hosting, through different programs, people from Mozambique, Mexico, Eastern Canada, Australia, Holland, Jamaica, Trinidad, Brazil, Chile, China, Japan, Germany, UK & Norway. We don't smoke so would prefer non-smokers, but other than that we are reasonably flexible and easy going.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week