Help us on our family ranch with a private lake in the Okanagan, BC



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    Our home is a 640 acre ranch with a small private lake in the beautiful Okanagan, near Lumby. Our place is off grid and we share it with our small herd of goats, dogs, cats and a horse as well as summer guests in our cabins, yurt and tipi. Our place is very private and has beautiful views of the Monashee Mountains. My husband and I immigrated from Germany 16 years ago and have never looked back. Our 2 children are not living at home anymore but come for visits from University sometimes.
    We eat organically, make cheese and many other fermented foods and are looking for help around the farm for light maintenance duties. There is always something to do in the garden, around the animals, the cabins, fencing and firewood just to name a few things.
    In your free time you may swim or paddle in our lake, go for a hike or play with the goats! As accommodation we provide a 800 sqf yurt complete with kitchen and bathroom and a private deck.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We speak german and english ( mostly english) and are happy to share the country skills we have acquired over the years!
    You may learn how to make cheese, identify plants, build a fence, how to live off grid and much more.

  • Help


    There is a lot to learn and do at our place! We especially need help in the spring to get everything ready after winter, there might be fencing to do or firewood. You might want to help setting up the tipi, build a new cook shelter or help with the goat kids that are born around that time. There is also weeding and seeding in the garden and around the cabins.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You get to stay in a large ( 800 sqf) mongolian yurt with beautiful views of the Monashee Mountains. The yurt has a wood stove, as well as a full bathroom and kitchen. It is a short walk to our lake where we provide canoes and kayaks and you can go for a swim. We can talk about how you would like your meals and will either stock your fridge so that you can cook on your own or share meals at our house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located 15 min outside of Lumby but make frequent trips to Lumby and Vernon. We are happy to give you a ride to town or explore the surroundings with you.
    We are asking for 4-5 hours of help, 5 days a week. Since we are semi retired, the hours will be mostly flexible, sometimes depending on the weather.
    We have satellite internet at our house, but there is no wifi at the yurt. There is cell service on the property.
    Non smokers only please and we don't allow pets.

  • 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: 181117324579