Come learn about organic gardening, raising livestock, off-grid living and more near Whitehorse, Canada



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    My name is Sarah and I live on a beautiful farm on the marge of Lake Laberge, about 50km north of Whitehorse. The property owners raise dairy goats and laying hens, while I grow a small scale certified organic market garden. We share the property with two farm dogs and two cats. My market garden is intensively grown and primarily worked with hand tools. The growing season here is relatively short and intense, so I use row covers and multiple succession plantings to extend the harvest.

    The property owners and I have separate homes, but collaborate on many projects around the farm and are always ready to help each other out. Our farm is off-grid: our water comes from the lake, we use solar power, wood heat and are always mindful of our use of these resources. We live simply, work hard and eat well. We also appreciate nature and our peaceful and awe-inspiring surroundings. We welcome volunteers who have a positive attitude and share our passion for farming, learning, working together and having fun.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    Come learn about small scale certified organic market gardening, raising livestock and building maintenance/repairs/construction. Volunteers can also learn about off-grid living and low-tech adaptations, such as our unique walk-in cooler for vegetables (it chills with ice we stored in winter).

  • Help


    Help around the farm is needed in the garden, as well as with animal chores, maintenance/repair and building projects. Garden work could include greenhouse maintenance, transplanting, weeding, harvesting and washing/packing. Animal chores are generally done in the morning and evening. Many fences need to be reinforced with new fence posts. Like most farms, the “to do” list is endless.

    Experience with gardening and/or construction/repairs would be an asset, but an eagerness to learn and contribute are equally important. Volunteers should be healthy, fit and prepared to be outdoors in all weather conditions and with mosquitoes. Volunteers should also be able to communicate openly and have a positive attitude.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers will be provided with a bedroom in a shared cabin, plus wholesome food. The cabin is rustic yet comfortable, and has a large kitchen where we’ll take turns preparing and cleaning up from team lunches and dinners. Breakfasts will be prepared solo. There will be lots of seasonal vegetables, eggs and goat milk from the farm, plus wild and locally farmed meat (though meat-free meals are enjoyed here, too). An outhouse will serve as the bathroom. We have an outdoor solar shower, though the lake is always available for a very refreshing swim. Laundry (and showers) will be done in town. Wifi (limited) is available, but there is no cell service at the farm.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The Yukon is a stunning place and there are endless hiking, canoeing, camping, etc opportunities, even from our doorstep. I’ll go to town once or twice a week (Saturdays in May to mid-June, Mondays and Thursdays the rest of the summer). A personal vehicle will be an asset if you want to go to town or further afield at other times, though hitchhiking is also an option.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 182883756128