We are a small (4 acre) family farm that we are trying to make self sustaining, organically, and would love some assistance. We need to clear the back 2 acres, fix up the barn, enlarge the pond and build some garden beds.
My daughter and three kids live at the property and love to welcome people from all over the world. My husband and I live in Vancouver but spend many weeks and weekends on the farm in the Cowichan Valley.
We have a person that works the farm but we want to enlarge our usable space, get the farm ready to bring in more trees, plants and animals. There is 1 acre of grapes and we have a winery of sorts. We have fruit trees and are currently planting a big garden to sell bedding plants. There are 3 dogs, 3 cats and 20 or so chickens now.
My daughter and her family welcome people from all over the world. The 12, 10 and 9 year old are being educated in French. They know a very little Thai. I would love to find someone that speaks it. I have some Latin American Spanish and would love to practice.
We are setting up the farm up so we have a variety of tasks that we need to get on with.
- Repairs to the fence,
- planting/pruning trees/grapes/vegetables
- put up netting to keep birds out
- digging culvert/adding drain tile topond
- cut paths in blackberry brambles to make them more accessible
- dig out the invasive broom weeds
- repair/tear down barn on property
- lay landscape fabric down the wine rows
30' self contained trailer on the property. It has it's own patio and small yard. Internet access is good. Food will be provided or money for food, with some dinners with family.
The farm is in an amazing part of the world, surrounded by mountains, hiking trails and nature. We have 2 battered old kayaks for use in the ocean and Cowichan Lake. Duncan is a short bus ride away and the capital city of Victoria is 45 minutes south and Nanaimo is 45 minutes north by car. Bus service daily.
Vancouver is about 3 hours by car and ferry. We travel back and forth all the time and have a big house in Vancouver. We would welcome you to visit us at our house on days off from the farm.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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