I own and operate a hobby farm, I also raise dogs, cows and chickens.
We are located in Niton Junction which is located one and a half hours west of Edmonton. Niton Junction is a small but active farming community.
Horses have always been a big part of my life. I have been raising quality Quarter horses since 2004, I've desided to down size and keep just a handful for riding. I will still breed a couple over the next year or two. My love of animals made me decide to start raising dogs American Akitas, we have been doing this since 2008. I also decided that I would start raising chickens for their eggs and i sell chicks. In the summer I plant a garden for fresh produce.
I am a very sociable person and while here you will get to meet many of my neighbors. I have a second trailer (home) that is being rented out.
The farm is 160 acres of land and consists of a shop, two mobile homes, a bunk house, a couple of sheds, a couple of chicken coops, dog kennels, a round pen and corals.
I am a smoker and do smoke in the house but can limit where I smoke. I am trying to quit.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
I will work with them to better their English skills.
They will learn about horses, dogs and other farm animals.
They will learn to operated a number of different vehicles, and operate a variety of tools.
Meeting neighbors, attending local events.
The basic chores (feeding the dogs, chickens, calves, foals and horses).
Some of the expected duties that you may be asked to do may include, but are not limited to: help feed the horses, dogs, calves or chickens. Cleaning pens, shoveling snow or raking leaves, mowing the lawn, exercising and brushing the dogs, working with younger horses, help with foaling, assist with halter training the foals, help with the horses while they are being trimmed or doctored. ,exercising horses, some farm maintenance (ex.. fencing, gardening, general cleaning) and some house hold duties. Depending on the date of your stay you will be shown how to operate the quad, tractor and pickup truck. Knowledge of horses would be an asset. We start foaling April until June.
I will need help with the mares and foals and have started foal watch.
When the weather gets warmer we will start working the horses again.
The hours we work vary on the time of year and the weather, some days may be very busy while others may be just doing general chores.
It would be nice to find someone that can stay longer than a month. I might take couples.
In Winter: spare room in house.
In late Spring and Summer: Bunk House. (will hold 5 people)
Jasper is 2 hours to the west of us. But the only transportation is by bus.
We try to go on some sight seeing tours depending on the time of year (Jasper, Cadomin, West Edmonton mall).
Our neighbor loves to go out to the river and invites us along.
Trail rides. Depending on the time of year there are a number of rodeos around the area.
Sundog tours pick up people in Edson (1/2 hour west of us) they offer a variety of places to see.
To get here Sundog goes from Edmonton to Edson and back, some people have also done car sharing.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week