Help us on a farm school in Northwest Territories, Canada

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 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    *update July 1st, 2020: Due to COVID-19, The Northwest Territories government has closed the border, with exceptions to essential workers. As a farm volunteer, you are considered essential and we just need to fill out a form prior to your arrival. You will also need to self isolate for two weeks once here on the farm. Because of the self isolation time, we're looking for volunteers who can be here for 4-6 weeks minimum. Read more on the self-isolation here


    We operate the only farm school in the Northwest Territories , which is also the largest farm in the area. We are a Savory Hub with the Savory Institute. Our mission is to develop regenerative agriculture in Canada's north to provide economic and food security for the many remote communities. Our farm operates as a non-profit and staff members are friendly and all enthusiastic in their fields.  The work itself is always changing; you will never be bored! The farm crew is largely self-managed, so the farm is a good place for volunteers who can work with minimal supervision, be adaptable, take initiative, and able to work on your own as well as with others.

    We practice Holistic Management, Permaculture, Planned Rotational Grazing, No-Till Gardening (although we do till in some situations), forest-raised pigs,  etc. Currently we produce a wide variety of vegetables as well as goats (meat and dairy), cattle, pigs (meat), Icelandic sheep (meat and wool), chickens (meat and eggs). We also have farm dogs.

    We kill and process all of our own animals on-site following humane slaughter practices. If you are interested in learning to process and butcher animals this can likely be arranged depending on the length of your stay.

    Our farm is located in the traditional territory of the Katlodeeche First Nation, thus there are amazing opportunities to participate in a variety of cultural activities and events.  These may include handgames, beading, traditional skills such as hide tanning, a wide variety of arts including making moccasins and mukluks, beading, moosehair tufting, fish scale art, basket weaving etc.  Our property is bordered by the beautiful Hay River (which provides excellent swimming during the summer and fishing year round). 20 minutes to the south is Alexandra Falls, a huge waterfall. 20 minutes to the north is the Great Slave Lake, which has beautiful sandy beaches. In the springtime and summer there is lots to wild harvest including  mushrooms, juniper berries, poplar buds, spruce gum and berries. You are likely to see the Northern Lights, and opportunities of exploring are endless as we are surrounded on all sides by boreal forest!

    In your time off you can explore anywhere you want (remember that you will be surrounded by forest!), you can go to the nearby town (Hay River) which has groceries, restaurants, a bar, and a farmers market, you can go to see the local sights, etc.

    We are located in one of the least populated areas of the world. The Northwest Territories is larger than France, Germany, and the UK combined, but has a total population of only 40,000 people! This in itself makes staying in the Northwest Territories a unique experience. When we are able, we milk and collect and process wool on a small scale.  We hope to expand this within the next few years.

    There will almost certainly be our own vegetables and meat for helpers to eat.  Otherwise we will purchase groceries for volunteers at the local grocery store.

    Please visit our facebook page for more pictures and feel free to get in touch for more information.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our farm is located in the traditional territory of the Katlodeeche First Nation, thus there are amazing opportunities to participate in a variety of cultural activities and events.  These may include handgames, beading, traditional skills such as hide tanning, a wide variety of arts including making moccasins and mukluks, beading, moosehair tufting, fish scale art, basket weaving etc.  Our property is bordered by the beautiful Hay River (which provides excellent swimming during the summer and fishing year round). 20 minutes to the south is Alexandra Falls, a huge waterfall. 20 minutes to the north is the Great Slave Lake, which has beautiful sandy beaches. In the springtime and summer there is lots to wild harvest including  mushrooms, juniper berries, poplar buds, spruce gum and berries.

    In your time off you can explore anywhere you want (remember that you will be surrounded by forest!), you can go to the nearby town (Hay River) which has groceries, restaurants, a bar, and a farmers market, you can go to see the local sights, etc.

    We are located in one of the least populated areas of the world. The Northwest Territories is larger than France, Germany, and the UK combined, but has a total population of only 40,000 people! This in itself makes staying in the Northwest Territories a unique experience.  

  • Help

    Help

    Current Projects:

    With summer in full swing, we are hard at work in the garden, greenhouses and the barn!  

    In the garden, we are tending the plants daily, ensuring they are well watered, weeded, pruned. We've just started up our weekly vegetable box, and have lots of produce available for volunteers to eat also. In the barn we have lots of lambs and kids, and are working on rabbit and chicken shelters and "tractors" this year. Lots of building and troubleshooting happening! We've moved some animals back onto pasture/forest too.  This movement means setting  up and maintaining electric fencing to ensure the animals are both contained and protected from predators.

    We usually host in-person classes at the farm which are attended by locals as well as many students travelling from VERY remote communities.  Most students are able to stay on-site in our yurts so time is spend in getting accommodations ready, preparing snacks and meals and ensuring out of town students are able to sight-see and enjoy their surroundings in their time off.  We also provide childcare for students as needed. This year because of COVID19, we are doing online live lessons instead.

    The farm is buzzing with activity and we are happy to welcome volunteers to join us!!

    *️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️Please note that weekend help is often required at the farm. We try to rotate weekends but this cannot always happen special events require everyone's assistance. You will of course always have 2 days off per week but this is not always a weekend.*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️ Volunteers will be required to work 5 hours a day for 5 days a week.

    If you have a specific skill or area of interest please let us know. Skills we would love to recruit from volunteers: computer skills (web designing, social media), organization skills are always welcome, carpentry skills, chainsaw experience and a willingness to work with animals.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Helpers will get to stay in our yurts, campers, wall tents or lofts depending on the season and availability.   Some spaces are shared, others are private, some spaces have electricity, others do not.  We use composting toilets as well as an outhouse. Please note we DO NOT have wifi available on the farm. Wifi is available in town at the library and we can certainly assist you in getting there. There is a washer, shower, kitchen, etc. We are also be able to provide transportation to nearby attractions.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our property is bordered by the beautiful Hay River (which provides excellent swimming during the summer). A few minutes away to the south is Alexandra Falls, a huge waterfall. And a few minutes to the north is the Great Slave Lake, which has beautiful sandy beaches. In the springtime there are lots of Morel mushrooms to pick in the forests nearby. In the winter many locals enjoy ice fishing, dog sledding, cross country skiing and cozying up by the fire with a good book.

    In your time off you can explore anywhere you want (remember that you will be surrounded by forest!), you can go to the nearby town (Hay River) which has groceries, restaurants, a bar, and a farmers market, you can go to see the local sights, etc. There are festivals and events to be enjoyed year round.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week




















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