Currently booked until September 2019
We are a calm, easygoing but hard working couple who are passionate about stewarding our land and animals and providing the BEST food we can! Our heritage home sits on over 400 acres of forest, pasture, ponds and creeks within the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. We raise certified organic pastured pigs, sheep, goats, rabbit and various kinds of poultry. They are protected by three fluffy, gentle giant livestock guardian dogs. We also bake certified organic bread which we sell at a weekly organic farmers' market in Ottawa. We would love to share our home and experiences with you.
Learning to be self sufficient is important to us. We eat food produced by our own hands, smoke bacon and hams, make sausages, grow vegetables and fruit, make pasta and bread, mill flour, make soap and body care products, butcher animals for our own food, and process firewood to heat our home. We are even starting to learn about the medicinal properties of the plants growing on our land.
Our motivation to do WorkAway is not only to have help on the farm but to meet new friends, learn about the world and different cultures, hear new ideas, laugh a lot and share our incredible lifestyle with others. We prefer to host one person or a couple for stays of one month or longer. We offer you a large fully furnished private room, incredible food (mostly from our land) and great hands-on farming experiences. During your stay you will be treated as one of the family. We can pick you up from the Ottawa airport or from the Megabus or train terminal in Brockville.
We love showing off our farm and our incredible lifestyle. While staying with us you will learn all kinds of farming, self-sufficiency, and food related skills. You can practice your English with us and, if you come to the Farmers' Market in Ottawa with us, you can practice French too.
There are a great variety of tasks we would love help with. We don't expect you to help with all of our tasks, just things suited to your skills and interests. No experience is needed just a willingness to work alongside us and learn. Our days typically start at 7am to feed the animals. Late mornings and afternoons are free for exploring the area. We try to keep Sundays as rest and fun days. For safety's sake a good command of English is necessary.
Typical jobs through the year include:
- Feeding and caring for our animals
- small building projects like new roosts, nesting boxes, pig shelters, etc
-building new fences and a run in shed for our goats and sheep
-cutting, processing and stacking firewood to heat our home
-helping with baking and smoking meat
- processing chicken
- tending the vegetable garden
-loving on our livestock guardian dogs and our border collies
- clearing and making trails
We love learning from people too! Maybe you can help us set up a solar lighting system or watering system, teach us how to graft fruit trees, knit socks, make sausages, learn new recipes.....
If you are an experienced carpenter maybe you could help us build that remote off-grid "cabin in the woods" we have dreamed about.....
You will stay with us in our farm house in your own private room. We share one bathroom.
Some fun activities we would love to share with you are visiting other farms, target and skeet shooting, hiking on the many trails on our property, swimming and boating on local lakes, visiting heritage sites. Every Saturday year-round we go to Ottawa to sell our products at the organic farmers' market. This would be a great place to meet other farmers, practice your French or tour the city. Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City are accessible via Megabus.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week