Help out at our hobby farm on Vancouver Island



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    Our family of four (boy 14, girl 10) lives on 5 acres in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. We call our hobby farm Any Fool's Farm because a mountainous farm in California that inspired us to take up rural living 10 years ago has a sign: "Any fool can farm flat land" --and our land is relatively flat. We try to grow as much of our food as possible but our work lives (to protect the natural world) and busy kid schedules mean we don't get nearly as much time in the gardens as we'd like. This is where you come in!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Farmstay help
    Animal Care

  • 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 host music concerts, both indoors and outdoors, that would give travellers the inside scoop on living here. Travellers would also have the opportunity to learn about native plants and making medicine from them, experience the glorious Cowichan River (walking distance from our property), and embrace the local food (and beverage) scene.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We would like help with gardening and the chickens five hours a day, five days a week. And depending on the time of year, there could be additional projects such as painting, building a greenhouse, or making herbal tinctures.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Guest room in the house--on the lower floor. There is a half bath there, and access to a shower/bathtub upstairs. Visiting helpers become part of the household and have access to the living room etc. You will eat with us or on your own schedule--we supply the food, you help with cleanup. (We like to cook, but also love to have help with that--no pressure, but we've had amazing meals from helpers, from Ecuadoran to Japanese cuisine)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Bicycles are available for use--we are a 20-minute bike ride to town (Duncan). We are walking distance from wonderful hiking trails, a winery and two excellent restaurants and a great corner store. We can also drive you to see other sights as well as a weekly music jam. We have an inflatable boat you can use to float down the Cowichan River. We are a family that likes to work hard and celebrate life and we've had great experiences getting to know travellers from all over (including fellow Canadians!).

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 172623371835