Growing vegetables on a community farm co-operative, BC Canada

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 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a family of four, living in a log house on a lakefront community farm. The 133-acre farm is owned by a co-operative and is currently leased to a few different farmers, including us. We grow a variety of vegetables in a 1-acre garden. This season, we are excited to be providing the Food Bank and the Family Enrichment Centre with vegetables for their clients. We believe that healthy food is a right, and all people should have access to it, whether they can afford to buy it or not. We also believe that if people work together, we can create positive change in society. Our goal is to produce fresh, healthy food for all members of our community, while earning just enough money to sustain our project and support our family.

    A little bit about us: We are David (34), Laura (42), Violet (18), and Jeremiah (15). We all have many years experience with gardening and farming. David and Laura are both passionate about growing food and sharing it with others. David studied Ecosystem Management Technology at college, and volunteered here on this farm for ten years before moving here full-time. Laura has done a lot of travelling and volunteering, including Workaway, and has been growing food for 20 years. Violet is an artist, learning to do tattoos. Jeremiah likes to do woodwork. We all love meeting new people and hosting travellers.

    We have two dogs, two cats, and a small flock of chickens and guinea hens. There are also cows here on the farm, but they're not ours.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    At our farm, you'll learn a lot about growing vegetables. You will experience farming co-operatively alongside other people. We can help you learn to speak English.

  • Help

    Help

    Right now, we're constructing a greenhouse. We need to start moving manure to the garden and preparing the soil for planting. Through the spring and summer, we need a lot of help in the garden - planting, weeding, harvesting. And there are always other things to do, like getting firewood.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, intermediate Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    There are lots of beautiful locations to set up a tent for camping. If you don't have a tent, you can use ours. We also have a futon bed in the house.

    We'll provide three vegetarian meals per day, which you can eat in the house with our family.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The farm is located at Horse Lake, about 25km from the town of 100 Mile House. Unfortunately, we've lost our Greyhound bus service, but there is a bus from Vancouver to Kamloops, where we could possibly pick you up, depending on our schedule at that time.

    It's a short walk through the hayfield to get to the lake, where there is a canoe that can be used. You can also go swimming and fishing. We have a bicycle you can borrow, if you want to go for a ride on the quiet, gravel road.

    Smoking (cigarettes) is okay in designated areas, but no drugs please.

  • A little more information

    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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

David, Laura, Violet, Jeremiah

Host ref number: 133625426438