Learn wildcrafting on an off -grid homestead, Read Island, Canada



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    Hello from Hank and Amy, we're a young couple working on reviving an intergenerational homestead. Our property is on beautiful, remote, Read island, with a small community of 50 residents! We live on a shared 14 acre property with Hanks mother, Lise. We are fully off grid, using a combination of solar and generators for power, we have internet access throughout the day and evening but no cell service unless you walk down to the ocean. We have many ongoing projects including, saw milling, fire wood cutting, foraging, cooking, building, gardening, and landscaping. We have 2 houses on the property, a small unfinished cabin where we live, and the original family home where Lise lives. There's a large furnished safari style tent in the yard for the workawayer.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This would be a great place to learn about off grid homesteading, boating and life in the bush. We welcome people of any skill level. We are about a 5 minute walk away from the ocean, so on your days off you can use a boat to explore the coast, or stay on the island and hike around in the forest! Though the community is small there are a lot of very lovely people with beautiful, idyllic homesteads and decades of experience, who would welcome a socially distanced visit.

  • Help


    We would welcome anyone from a wide variety of interests! At the moment we are especially focused towards someone interested in building, gardening or food preparation! We can offer the freedom to work at your own pace and to your discretion, basically do whatever you want as long as you're contributing! Alternatively if you need more direction, we can provide a list of tasks suited to your abilities/ interests.


    We are building a deck, doing siding on a 16x20x14 ft cabin and building a cob oven this summer so help with those projects would be great!


    We have an approximately 50x50 ft area we would like to see turned into a garden. This would be a self guided project as we will be mostly be focusing on the building work. We would like to have a permaculture garden, so knowledge of permaculture principles, or a willingness to learn would be great! No gardening experience is necessary, this would be a great place to learn if you're interested in learning about gardening.

    Food preparation

    We would love to have someone around who could help with the daily chores, like cooking & cleaning. Someone with an interest in foraging/ fishing/ shellfish harvesting and fermentation, or who would like to learn about foraging wild foods and how to preserve them would be ideal.

    We always need help with firewood cutting and saw milling, both are physically demanding but easy tasks anyone can learn. If you have some other skills you think we could benefit from feel free to apply!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    We have a safari tent in the yard, approximately 200 feet from the house. It's tall enough to stand up in and furnished with a bed, table, and small camp stove. You'll have power of your own and wifi access from the cabin. You're welcome to come into the cabin anytime to use the kitchen. The tent is great for privacy but if bad weather is predicted then you can stay in the living room in the cabin!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live very remotely, so it's the perfect place to hide from the pandemic, but also means we have very limited access to the amenities of town. We're open to both long and short term stays. Amy is a pescatarian so we almost exclusively eat vegetarian/ pescatarian at the moment, but if you cook, you can eat as much meat as you want.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    we have satellite internet, so not 100% reliable, very weather dependent. but usually decent

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have 2 dogs, a cat, chickens and ducks, no fence, and local predators. If your pet can thrive in this environment, they are more than welcome!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 144911548938