Help out on our beautiful 300 acre homestead in the Ottawa Valley in eastern Ontario, Canada

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  • Description

    Description

    We live on a 300 acre homestead in the Ottawa Valley in eastern Ontario. Over many years of permaculture and mulch methods extensive rich organic gardens have been developed. We feed our families and primarily and do attend seasonal markets and put together food boxes for people in our area on a need basis. We have participated in a local farmers market which has been great but is not our focus at this time. We keep various animals for pets and food. Horses, cows, sheep, goats, chickens, dogs, and cats. This homestead is a little piece of history, established about 160 years ago by polish settler immigrants at the time so we have many hand built log barns and outbuildings some in need of rebuilt barn doors and various touch up- otherwise have been very well up kept. George my father lives in the original farm house; then across the yard I live with my family of 2 and soon to be 3 children and partner. We work together to get chores done. George is the main mind and energy behind it all and I am gradually learning all I can while he is still here. As he ages he need to take more time for himself to tend his aging body and reflect on his life lived :) We talk about scaling down but that its another question if we do so. In which case help during summer months largely focuses on gardening work. During winter we have some big renovation projects going on. I am hoping to change the inside of my place opening up space and moving stair case building bathroom etc…
    On cold winter afternoons and eves we fire up our sauna to deal with the cold of winter. It down need finishing work in change room and outside! We are also currently building the goat house so they can be warmer than just the goat shelter, so any one with building expertise would be so fabulous, and if not a willingness to learn and work ethic to try is great!!
    I (Nadia) am a massage therapist, mother, gardener, and care taker of goats and chickens primarily
    George (my father) has lived 45 years or so here and built it into what it is today, extensive gardens all organic and permaculture methods to build soil in this marginal land. He cares for cow, horses and sheep and makes sure things happen in there timely fashion- he is a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and character!
    Rhett (my partner) helps us each out where needed on the farm but mostly focuses on his arborist tree care business, removing dangerous trees.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We live as much from the land as possible, we eat very much seasonally organically and locally. We also are all off grid powered by solar- this makes us very aware of timing for power usage and water usage and such- to time with the cycle of the day!
    We sauna regularly to keep immune systems strong through winter and to get heated to the bones!
    We have a wonderful extensive local supportive community of people who we barter and help back and forth with, this is an amazing thing to experience I think if you have not before, or if you have to just share in. Opportunities in winter to experience winter are great here, like snow shoeing and cross country skiing as we normally have good long hefty winters. Summers and glorious fast and furious! great swimming in our pond and at nearby lakes and rivers.

  • Help

    Help

    summer help:

    -gardening; planting, digging, mulching, composting, weeding
    -animal care; milking feeding goats, chicken care, exercising horses/ridding
    -fencing
    -harvesting and preserving food
    -wine making, and other fun ferments!
    -trail clearing
    - building and maintenance project
    -indoor renovations this winter, finishing our sauna change room area and exterior boards need to go up
    -goat house need to be finished
    -indoor simple wood shelving

    winter help:

    -fire wood cutting and harvesting
    -snow shoveling
    -animal care; feeding water and hay, milking goats, chicken care
    -horse ridding
    -indoor renovations this winter, finishing our sauna change room area and exterior boards need to go up
    -goat house need to be finished
    -indoor simple wood shelving
    -indoor building winter 2017!! is a big focus for us with baby number 3 on the way in february

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    english primarily, german and french more limited

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodations vary from in my home a private room, to our guest cabin that has a lovely view overlooking pond and hillside with running water and solar power lights, outdoor toilet facility. in Summer we have a couple trailer options. We will share most meals together- and I will do most of the cooking or shared cooking.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    during your time off we have great neighbors to visit with different set ups, friendly and welcoming and making ago of it off the land. We have great extensive trails for hiking skiing or snow shoeing. We have ridding horses one for beginner and other for more experienced ridder as she is still young. In summer there are amazing lakes and rivers to visit. Also in area there are various fun community and social events that go on. Ottawa canada's capital is a 2 hour drive away. Often we have found with guess in the past they often soak up our farm land, going for long walks into the nature wilderness or quiet moments by the fire or on stone fence thinking and soaking up the silence.

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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

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week






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