Come and stay on a beautiful lake front acreage and help us start a farm in the Okanagan, BC, Canada

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello! We live on an lakefront acerage in between Armstrong & Vernon, currently we have lots of garden that needs tamed and we have big plans to start farming. Right now we have lots of land clearing to do and removing old buildings. Before the end of the summer we will need raised garlic beds built, filled and planted. We will also be growing landscape trees, so there is lots of work to do with harvesting seeds & cloning existing trees, We are planning to add an extension on to the house and building a new deck, so some woodwork or construction experience would be very helpful, if you don't have any we can get you started! We are growing a good amount of veggies for our own use this year and they also need looked after. We will be constructing a large greenhouse in the spring, so there is lots of planning & prep to do for that.

    It is me and my partner in the main house, he works up north so is often away for weeks at a time, I am 41 and he is 42, we are both very chilled but always very busy with projects around the property. I have spent a number of years travelling full time and I am keen to meet people from other countries and areas (I'm Scottish/Irish) my partner is Canadian. This is the first year I have lived on the acreage full time and I'm just getting started on my plans for the place. The house is only 10 years old so not much needs done, it is really just getting set up for the farming. I work from home, so I am around the whole time, my partner is a mechanic, so when he is home he is always tinkering with something. One of the plans is to build him a shop out of reclaimed materials from the old buildings, so we can use the garage for our vehicles in the winter rather than as a workshop.

    We have a tenant who lives in a suite below the main house, he is super friendly and very interested in the farming plans, he currently does most of the gardening and has kept things under control for the last few years, he is often pottering around the gardens doing something. He builds race cars and demolition derby trucks in his spare time and is always happy to tell you all about what he's building if you are interested.

    We have a number of vehicles on the property from Race cars to Tractors, so if that is what you are interested in, there will always be something to keep you busy.

    We live in a beautiful area and like to go on trips, but there really isn't any need to go far to find something interesting. We have an RV and a cabin cruiser boat, we live about 10 minutes from Okanagan Lake which goes all the way down to Penticton. We are about 40 minutes from Mable Lake & Shuswap lake and 30 minutes from Kalamalka Lake, all those areas are excellent for biking/hiking/boating/camping/fishing.

    The property is about 15 minutes from Vernon and less than 10 from Armstrong, the road into Armstrong is beautiful and a haven for bikers, I can cycle there in about 25 minutes and I'm not that fast (you can borrow our bikes). There is no public transport but I am in "town" most days for something, so can provide rides and there is lots of transport from there.

    We are 35 minutes from Silverstar, so coming to stay with us might be a good stop gap between summer and winter jobs if you are planning to do a ski season, we are also within driving distance of Big White & Sunpeaks.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    You will be learning how to start a farm along with me! There is a host of knowledge here, from running businesses to construction, farming, mechanics, engineering & carpentry, we also welcome your own big ideas, we are just starting out so creative minds are welcomed!

    Both me and my partner are big foodies and love to cook and try new things, we are both into movies and music and generally just enjoying life.

  • Help

    Help

    Mostly I just need an extra pair of hands to help with the farming prep work. Any construction or farming experience would be awesome. If you like cooking and gardening even better! We are very flexible and there is a lot of work to be done, so you can let us know what you are interested in or any ideas for projects.

    I am very flexible on the hours you work, if you want to do them all in a few days and have the rest of the week off it is fine with me.

    Mostly at first it will be land clearing, gardening, general maintenance and removing old barns.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Your accommodation would be in a 30 foot RV overlooking the lake. It's very comfortable, in good shape and has air con/heat, a decent sized fridge & freezer, two double beds and a dining area, so it could accommodate a couple or some friends. There is a small oven, a microwave and a gas stove top. The RV also has a bbq, a gas fire pit, camping chairs etc. We are very easy going so don't mind music and having a good time. No restrictions on weed or cigarette smoking as long as it's outside. You would also be welcome to chill out on our deck or anywhere around the property. We have a fire pit right in the middle of the garden and often have that going in the evenings.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are just tons of things to do in the area, anything lake related, the cycling is excellent, there are beautiful hikes to be done in very direction. Loads of vineyards and organic living. Vernon is a reasonable sized town with plenty to do and there are many places close by to go camping. I go to Kelowna about once a month but there really isn't any need as Vernon has pretty much everything available.

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Any size, I have hookups for Water, Sewer & Electricty

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    I love dogs, I have 7 acres and there is another field attached to my property which is fully open of about 20 acres and a reserve across the creek, so loads of room to roam. There are 5 cats on the property (not in my house) they are generally outdoor and are dog smart! We also get a ton of wildlife here.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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