Help on our Hobby Farm in Mt. Lehman in the Fraser Valley BC, Canada

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  • Description

    Description

    We live on a 10 acre hobby farm in the village of Mt. Lehman in the Fraser Valley. There are 8 acres in pasture, a barn, we rent our pasture to a local dairy farmer for his herd. We have two large veggie gardens, landscaped areas, an orchard and lots of big trees in a park-like setting on the Agricultural Land Reserve.

    We have a general vegetable garden and a special large squash garden that need to be prepared and planted. We have ready access to manure from our barn to add to the gardens, we grow organically. We have quite few landscaped areas on the farm to trim and weed. There is always some clean up to do after a Canadian Winter. Usually we have some tree damage where we need to do some serious pruning and chopping and thinning using a chain saw and other tools. We also put in our two large vegetable gardens in the Spring.

    Our home comes with full digital cable and high speed internet with two private apartment areas, one upstairs and one downstairs for workaways. Each has their own bathroom, TV room and bedroom. We usually start work at about 10am, break at noon for a two hour lunch break together and then work 2 hours in the afternoon. After an afternoon break we come together to make dinner and then eat and gab. After dinner you're free to do what you like, watch TV, read, walk. We have a couple of bikes on the property.

    On your days off we try to take you somewhere interesting, into town, a site, shopping or a visit with us where ever or whatever we are doing. We try to make your stay here interesting.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help in the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are one hour from Vancouver and 10 minutes from Abbotsford, 10 minutes from the Washington State border in the US. Mt. Baker National Park is close by as is the Fraser Canyon, Fraser River, Harrison Hot Springs, Mission and entry way to both the BC Interior or Whistler via the Duffy Lake Road loop. We are close to the North Cascades that cross both sides of the international border.

  • Help

    Help

    . There is always clean up to do after a Canadian Winter. Usually we have some tree damage where we need to do some serious pruning and chopping and thinning. We also put in our two large vegetable gardens in the Spring. We have a general vegetable garden and a special large squash garden that need to be prepared and planted. We have ready access to manure from our barn to add to the gardens, we grow organically. We have quite few landscaped areas on the farm to trim and weed.

    We also have a one acre orchard with varieties of apples, pears, plums and cherries. The fruit is harvested starting in early Summer with the plums and in Sept/Oct the apples. We make jams with the plums and dehydrate and juice the apples. We need help processing all the apples.

    We have extensive landscape areas including 3 ponds, one that is 18' deep and 150' long. We use a system of pumps and filters to carry the water between the ponds and are in the process of developing a water fall feature area with large boulders. We need help developing this area next to the gazebo and tool shed.

    We love cooking and host lots of dinners from our fresh produce in the garden.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish and some French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Private living area in a separate downstairs suite that includes a bedroom with private bathroom and living area with TV, Wifi and PVR. Our guest would eat with us. The downstairs area also has its own kitchen, furnace, bathroom, bedroom and living area, 900 sq ft.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are one hour from Vancouver and 10 minutes from Abbotsford, 10 minutes from the Washington State border in the US. There are express buses available from a shopping mall about 1 mile from the farm for trips into Vancouver via bus and sky train. Hosts would drive you to the connecting bus stops when required.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

View of conservatory breakfast/dining room from the front of the home.
South facing patio, shaded by 3 varieties of grapes and large park like trees.
Your private bathroom with bathtub and shower.
Your private living room.
Your private bedroom with PVR and Digital TV and full WiFi access.
Winter Squash plants in our garden.
Veggie garden area, early Spring.
Front garden landscaped area with Dogwood and Wisteria
Gazebo, pond and mortar-less rock wall area.
Site of veggie garden behind cow barn. Soil preparation.
Dinner made from ingredients in our veggie garden.
Making a rock wall with no mortar.
Pie making session from our apple orchard.
Jim, one of the farm owners.
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