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Our family of four (Lauren, Eric, 6 year old Ember, and 3 year old Solwyn) plus 2 year old Zephyr dog, live about 20 minutes outside of the funky town of Nelson B.C and half hour from funkier, tiny Winlaw. We reside on a land co-operative that shares 88 acres of land with a total of six households powered by our own micro-hydro system. We share a community garden, meet for pot lucks and fun, but each have our own acre to make our own.
Eric works seasonally as a back country ranger, making our summers quite busy. When he can, he builds handmade yurts in the backyard. Lauren is a Doula providing birth support for women, and working 3 days a week throughout the year. Ember and Solie are our adventurously awesome kids who have filled our lives with joy while simultaneously making it more challenging to complete projects!
We work towards what we are passionate about: eating quality food, preserving food, fermenting food, adventuring with with our kids, growing our own food, connecting with community, and simplifying, while trying to make some income here and there! Balance is a tricky act, but we are going for it! If you would like to help us out we are excited to share what we know and to learn from you!
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
our main projects for winter 2019 : finishing details on a 12 ft yurt, building an indoor closet and box seat, chopping kindling, moving firewood to deck, thinning low branches in forest for fire protection, designing (we could use creative, experienced minds for these): a shower/outhouse, an exterior roof addition to the house, a washhouse. Cooking, enhancing our children's lives, and soon starting seedlings!
Yurt Building - Eric could use help with all aspects of building yurts from scratch. Winter is building season : harvest and peel poles, cut tenons, steam bend lattice and centre ring. Summer he works 4 long days/week so the building slows or stops.
Gardening - We have an established community garden as well as many new gardens at our place.
Need help building new garden beds (hugelkultur), planting, harvesting, preserving, and eating!
Firewood - always firewood to collect, buck, chop, stack
Photo, and Videography - taking pictures and video of life up here.... This is low on our list, but fun and awesome if it can happen!
Clearing- thinning forest to allow more light for gardens, and reduce fire load.
Cooking - We strive to eat as local and healthy as possible from either our garden, nearby farms, or hunted/gathered wildly. It is really difficult to keep up with meals while attempting all our projects and giving our children time. Help in the kitchen is REALLY appreciated :), We eat an animal based diet and try to eat a diet of soaked/sprouted/fermented grains and legumes to support. This is a not a place where you will get fancy food from us, we are functional eaters :) and require you to fend for yourself quite often.
Childcare - Our kids are full of life, love, and are becoming very adventurous! Extra hands and eyes are an incredible gift. Parenting is not meant to be left alone to parents, but shared with the community. They like climbing stuff, cooking, starting fires, helping in the kitchen, helping with tools, drawing, writing stories, visiting the neighbours rabbits, pretend play and learning from you!
We expect that smokers will find a place where our children are not seeing this regularly, nor smelling it when you come inside. Thank you.
These are the main aspects of our life that we could use extra hands with, we can see when you get here what tasks are best suited for you.
English, francais (un peu)
Accommodation depends on who else is here. We have a yurt, small tents, possibly room in our house...let's talk.
Our toilet is an outhouse but it smells like forest, sounds like birds and if you leave the door open you get to appreciate the beauty of the trees around you.
Our drinking water comes straight from the creek, we are the first to draw from the creek. We then have the option to filter it in-house. This creek is also what fuels our micro-hydro system, that gives us our electricity.
We live in an off-grid land co-operative sharing 88 acres of mountainside forest with 5 other households. When you are here you will meet our neighbours, might be able to help them with various natural building projects/animals and would be expected to be a healthy community member as well. We work together on a community garden and some other projects.
We live up a 1 km driveway that is pretty rough. if you have a 2 wheel car, we'd talk about shuttling you up, to save our driveway. In the winter the driveway is closed to cars so we toboggan down to our cars and hike up. The driveway usually opens in april.
Things to do nearby:
5 minute walk to bird creek (you can drink the water straight from it)
Visit with other residents of the land
We live about a 20 minute drive from Nelson, B.C which is a funky, creative kind of place where magic and serendipity seems to happen on a regular basis. There is a bus nearby or you could catch a ride with someone heading into town from our land coop, or hitchhike if you are comfortable.
The Valhallas are close by, as are many incredible mountains with hiking trails all over them. A drive away are various hot springs, some developed and some wild!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week