We are a three generation family ranch in the Cariboo region of B. C..
Our comfortable log home is situated on a lake which offers great swimming and canoeing. There are other farms in the area with helpers and summer bonfires are great for getting to know both the residents and fellow travellers.
We raise grassfed beef on managed pastures as well as organic chickens, and a few pigs in our semi wilderness setting. We have been operating the ranch since 1974 when we came in by boat and constructed our first cabin. We are interested in providing healthy food for our family and for sale. This summer we are continuing our greenhouse cultivation and doing lots of gardening. We will be converting a section of the garden to raised boxes .We are experimenting with various berries and have planted some nut trees which we hope will provide a lasting legacy on the land.
Winter is approaching and we are busy preparing for that. Firewood is being hauled and stacked, the garden is harvested, and we will soon settle the herd on their winter feed ground.
Now our thoughts turn to the spring and summer ahead. Major activities include haying, small animal care, and gardening. We appreciate helpers who can commit to stay for at least a month as there is so much to learn! We also have an extensive agricultural library!Some familiarity with machinery is an asset, as is basic outdoor knowledge. Helpers really need to 'get their hands dirty' !
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
David is knowledgeable in many aspects of Agriculture and also has a background in Canadian and International politics.
We have been living on our ranch for 44 years so have much experience to share.
We welcome volunteers with an interest in agriculture and healthy food. We enjoy sharing our experiences in building this place over the last 40 years! This summer we will be moving our cattle daily to fresh pastures managed with electric fencing , gardening(planting, weeding, harvesting), and caring for small animals. We will have 10 feeder pigs, 30 laying hens, and probably upwards of 100 chickens for meat. We do have small children about the ranch and would appreciate people who can interact with children.
In the winter we have cattle feeding and chickens to look after, as well as firewood to chop!
There are always building and repair projects on the ranch!
English and some French
We have a large log home with several comfortable bedrooms. Volunteer guests are welcome to use our piano, internet for emails, and laundry.
We have several family members in this valley and there is a lot of visiting and sharing of activities. We all enjoy summer evening bonfires and we encourage our helpers to swim and canoe right from our front door. For the past two summers we have hosted "House Concerts" on the ranch. Depending on the season we attempt to show our helpers around the region or get them to attend local events.
In the winter we enjoy cross country skiing.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Varies with the projects at hand. Some short days and some longer. We work it out to suit our volunteers. Usually 25 hours/ wk