Help us with animals and gardening in Bear River, Canada

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  • Description


    Whether You’re listening to the River, walking the woodland trails, caring for the livestock and animals, helping with gardening, firewood, and fencing or walking woodland trails, or looking up at the starry night sky, there is lots to keep busy and still enjoy your experience.

    We bought our property here in Bear River, Nova Scotia in August, 2020. Since then we’ve built our farming homestead to include Goats, Pigs, Chickens, Rabbits, Ducks, Dogs, Cats, and more! We employ rotational pastures and regenerative farming practices.

    We work hard, and we play hard, and we’ve been compared to Pilgrims and Pioneers! We upcycle, repurpose, and often find the cheapest ways of doing things, even when it means we may sometimes work harder to accomplish our goals. You, the Work Awayer, will be helping with these things and a myriad of our things including but not limited to helping us with our chores, feeding watering and caring for animals and birds, and perhaps helping in and living as part of our family unit.

    This is not a paid position, we are not registered, nor operating, as a business. Any sales we may have are allocated to helping feed and care for our animals, home, and other related activities.

    We’ve travelled much of Canada, the USA, Germany and parts of Europe, three areas of Mexico, St. Martin in the Caribbean, and Costa Rica. We primarily speak English and French, but enjoy other languages and also speak some Spanish and German. We enjoy culture and hope to meet people of many areas and cultures. Inviting You into our home and Farm to share and partake as a visitor and volunteer. Unfortunately our farm sales, if any, do not allow us to be considered a Business and pay wages at this point. That said, We do not discriminate on basis of language, race, sex, or sexual orientation, @nd look forward to welcoming You into our home and farm, as we work toward self sustainability.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    Not only can you learn from and about birds and animals, regenerative farming practices, upcycling and repurposing, while doing daily chores and working other projects, You’ll also become part of our team and You’ll be treated like family. Culturally speaking Bear River was settled by Sea Captains, infiltrated by Hypies (many of whom remain and have raised their children and grandchildren here! Today Bear River, perhaps has one of the highest per capita population of local Artisans. Painters, Woodworkers, Potters, Craftspeople of many genres. Even an award winning local Coffee Roaster. Lots of opportunities for Cultural exchange.

  • Help


    Having animals and livestock and employing rotational pastures and regenerative farming, and working to be as natural and organic as possible, often means 2 to 4 hours of chores a day plus other projects.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    Spanish: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Having travelled many areas and having met many peoples has given opportunity to learn and a desire to learn and share with all Peoples.

  • Accommodation


    We have options which you can choose based on your needs. Camping? Tenting? Or making use of one of our bedrooms and sharing in our home environment including our internet, tv, meals, etc. while we do not pay a wage, we will do our best to help meet the needs of our volunteers. Tents are possible, and mattresses may be.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Briden Farm, that’s what we call our homestead, is named after us, Brian and Denis. We are remotely located, in a very private setting with mixed woodlands, on a hillside, boarded on the eastern side with the West Branch of Bear River. We also have a Brook, Franklin Brook, running through the back of the property. At this point we are not considered a Business, we are simply looking to become more Self Sufficient and invite you to join us as a Volunteer and Visitor.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Along with running our farming homestead we’re also Independent Executives with Watkins Products Company. Have strong backgrounds in Sales, Marketing, Social Media, etc. etc., and other things that can help You in your efforts.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We welcome You to contact us in this regard and we can discuss the best arrangements to help meet your needs.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This may be difficult as we have cats and dogs in and outside our home and farm. Plus free range poultry and livestock. That said, let us know what you have and if possible we’ll find a solution.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 193362136697

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