I have a working farm stay opportunity available in a rural seaside community on Vancouver Island just outside of Victoria, BC. My place is a working dairy goat farm and animal sanctuary on a bus route and a few minutes bicycle ride from the core of Sooke. It is a 2 acre property surrounded by the natural beauty of British Columbia's rugged coastline, forest hiking trails filled with wild wonders and farm lands that make up our vibrant local food system.
There's pristine ocean beaches within walking distance where you can marvel at the antics of otters, seals and bald eagles as you relax while taking in a majestic sunset at the end of a rewarding workday. Perhaps you'd like to take a refreshing swim on a hot day in the lake just down the road or catch yourself a rainbow trout for breakfast?
We need people who are physically capable of doing heavy farm work such as haying, fencing or carpentry projects. Chores will vary depending on the needs of the farm and preference will be given to people with carpentry skills.
People chosen for this opportunity must be energetic, motivated self starters with cheerful dispositions. I refuse to get involved in personal disagreements between people so being a team player is vital. Likewise, it is important that people be capable of working effectively for long periods of time on their own.
Creative people with viable ideas are always welcome but those who need to constantly challenge the working dynamics of a successful system need not apply. I've been a farmer for 40 years and my reasoning is typically based in that experience.
Duties will include activities such as animal care, cleaning barns, building, fencing, developing a farm market, establishing gardens, putting up greenhouses, weeding, brushing out overgrown areas and overall farm maintenance. I have to emphasize this is a working farm and NOT a "farm zoo" so playing with animals all day is not an option.
Opportunities for people to learn about small scale farming abound on this tiny dairy goat farm by the seaside. Although the work will be physically demanding, the rewards of this unique experience could be beyond measure for the right people.
We have room available for tenters and folks with RV's. Folks will be given access to the communal area in the upstairs of the farmhouse. That's where every morning a great big lovable mutt will greet you like you're the most awesome person in the world. There's a full bathroom, sitting area & kitchen to share; plus access to WIFI & use of the laundry facilities, with reason.
As for food, people chosen to participate in our farm stay will have to have the ability to purchase some of their own food. Fresh farm products such as milk, eggs and cheese are available from time to time but we cannot provide more because the farm is still developing its sustainability plan.
If this sounds like an experience you'd enjoy, feel free to contact me. Cheers.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
UPDATE: I recently bartered for the use of a canoe. Needless to say we've had some fantastic fishing trips and enjoyed some 2 pound trout for dinner!
The farm wants folks to feel safe and comfortable during their visits. For everyone's benefit,we do not tolerate drug use, excessive alcohol consumption, illegal activities, loud partying or disrespectful/inappropriate behaviour. So please keep it "clean" and enjoy your stay.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hours per day 5 days a week