We are hoping for a workaway couple to help us close down our farm for the winter. This includes planting our winter garlic and then cleaning up and mulching the two vegetable gardens using the leaves falling from the trees.
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.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
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.
We are now looking for a workawayer couple for the month of November. In November the activities include putting the farm to bed for the Winter. We will be harvesting and processing farm produce and planting winter vegetables and then mulching all the garden beds. We will also be raking the falling leaves to use as mulch. We hope to have a couple during this time, we will have lots of room in our home and can make some delicious meals with produce from the farm gardens.
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.
English, Spanish and some French
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.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week
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