Come and help our fun and loving family on our organic hobby farm in Smiths Falls, Canada



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 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

  • Description


    Hello, I am Sandra and my husband is Vince and our bible believing family is a fun loving, welcoming Christian family. We live in a pioneer log cabin home dating back to the early 1800's on 90 acres of land. We are a family of 4. Our daughter just graduated from University and is currently living with us. My husband is a software developer and I work with adults who have special needs. We live about 40 minutes Southwest of Ottawa and 15-30 minutes from 5 quaint towns. We started homesteading when we moved here 2.5 years ago. We believe in natural, organic farming and are currently working on getting our farm in good working order. We had 23 laying hens, meat birds (seasonal) over 200 last year and just harvested 60 recently. We have 2 very friendly cats and 2 large, curious puppies (2 years old), we are looking forward to having goats, pigs, cows and other animals in the future. We have large gardens, we harvested over 1600 garlic and just harvested around 1200 hundred using a different and unconventional method. We are pleased with the results even though we are experiencing a serious drought. We bought our property from an older couple and have much to restore and to repair. The buildings are very old but solid. We enjoy sports, traveling, playing games and are very involved in our church (Reformed Presbyterian). We have hosted 11 workawayers from March 2018 when we first signed up. We have learnt many things from our workawayers. We have made many wonderful friendships which have continued. We are encouraged by the great work which has been accomplished on our farm. While we welcome shorter visits we enjoy longer stays where we can really connect with our guests and make lasting relationships. They just become part of the family.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • 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

    We are an authentic Canadian family with French Canadian roots. We snowmobile, snowshoe, love camping, hiking, playing games. We live about 40 minutes from Canada's capital which offers a wide variety of multicultural activities including festivals, fairs, museums, and other special activities to take part in.
    We live close to many quaint and unique towns full of history.
    Our family speaks, English, French and Spanish and travelers could learn from us if interested. We have taught English as a second language in a variety of settings.
    We love to cook all types of ethnic foods and travelers would be welcome to share their favorite recipes with us.

  • Help


    We are flexible with the tasks as there are a variety of things that can be done on our farm. If cooking and cleaning is your preference then that could be accommodated. If you prefer to help outside then there are a various options. Most of our projects require physical energy.
    Some work includes gardening, cleaning the bush of debris from years of littering, cutting trails, painting the house, cutting and piling wood, making fences, burning brush, artistic opportunities for landscaping, gardening and decorating both interior and exterior, working with barn wood. We would like to start making a type of fence or rock wall at the front of the property, plant trees and work on the front entrance of the property in general.
    We were unable to do our thorough spring cleaning of the outbuildings. Painting and repairing the barn do to the travel restrictions.
    We use a small tractor, 4 wheeler and other machines to help us with our work.
    For rainy days there are house renovations on our to do list, such as redoing the old kitchen pantry, sanding and painting/staining chairs and tables, cleaning and restoring an old cold house.
    We are currently redoing an old feed loft into an apartment type dwelling. Specifically for workawayers!!
    Since we host for long periods some of our workers have looked after our farm while we were away. We were able to celebrate grandma's 100 th birthday with our family September 2018 and enjoy a few other breaks because our workers looked after the farm.
    We like to eat together as a family and enjoy a lot of homemade food. We consider meal clean up and preparation everyone's responsibility.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have 4 bedrooms in our home, we have 2 spare bedrooms where our guests will be staying. The rooms are very quiet with bright windows. One is a large bright room on the second floor with a queen bed, built in cupboards and a closet , the other room is smaller but very quaint, it has a double bed with a regular closet. There is a smaller bathroom (sink and toilet) on the main level and a full bathroom upstairs.
    We like to eat together as a family and we would welcome our guests to join us. Our guests would have full access to the kitchen. We purchase items which our workawayers prefer to eat and 3 meals/day are provided. If sharing the cooking is something of interest then we would welcome that. We can accommodate food sensitivities such as dairy free, gluten free.
    We have 2 pedal bikes our workawayers have used and are open to lending out our vehicles.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are many things to do in this area, there are all different churches, antique shops, water parks, museums, fairs, festivals (art, music, food) horse back riding, sports, such as volleyball, baseball, soccer, movie theaters, live theater, camping, swimming, hiking, skiing, shooting, good restaurants, excellent 2nd hand stores.
    We love going to fairs, camping and all outdoor activities.
    We attend church services Sunday morning and evening. We only do work which is necessary on Sundays and welcome the rest which that day allows.
    We enjoy the tranquility of sitting on our porch in the evenings and for nice relaxing breaks.
    There is no public transportation in our rural area, however at least one person from our household goes into town (Ottawa) daily during the week. Ottawa has excellent public transportation.
    We often entertain friends and family and people often drop in for a visit.
    We don't allow smoking or heavy drinking in our home.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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