Canadian Adventure in the Kootenays, Canada

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Canada

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    07/05/2022

 
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  • Description

    Description

    We live on a beautiful acreage in the Creston Valley, nestled in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. Between our outdoorsy adventure lifestyle, both myself and Wade work in Natural Resource Stewardship and Sustainability, are raising three teen boys, planning a certified organic cider orchard and whatever next exciting opportunity that we come up with.

    We have three key projects for this year:

    Dead Horse (Dodds) Creek Restoration Project - For decades Dead Horse Creek has been neglected and used as a dumping ground for residential and agricultural waste. Debris from farmland clearing was pushed into the creek and invasive species have moved in. Up stream and down stream of our property the creek has been culverted, channelized, and subject to heavy pesticide/herbicide use. Farming is sustainable and compatible with other values including biodiversity and clean water ecosystems and one of our first priorities is to start a restoration project on our property by:

    Removing residential and agricultural waste
    Removing excessive biomass debris
    Removing invasive species
    Enhancing aquatic and riparian habitat
    Establishing a wildlife corridor

    Back Field Expansion Project - We are expanding the agricultural potential of our back field this year for our future cider orchard. At some point in the last 120 years the land had been cleared but currently the area is a tangle of burdock, gone-wild cherry trees and scrub. We are clearing the land up to the coniferous trees that we will be leaving as part of the wildlife corridors we are maintaining. Work will include cutting trees and bucking and stacking wood, piling brush, and removing any rocks or old agricultural waste. Next spring, we will work the land to get it ready for planting.

    Lower Field Fencing Project – So far, we have 50 root stock pear and 15 heirloom apple trees in our mini nursery and we are eager to give them the room they need to grow. This year we will be fencing our lower field. Work will include prepping for fencing, support where needed on fencing and transplanting fruit trees.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    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

    As outlined in the section below, Creston is a fantastic place to visit. We enjoy travel and sharing stories about our adventures. For some help around our farm and home we would be more than willing to host visitors to our great community.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for help with our home and property, particularly someone skilled in cooking and cleaning who would also like to do outdoor chores including supporting our plans for:

    Our property and orchard:
    Clearing land
    Fencing
    Planting, pruning and maintaining fruit trees
    Veggie gardening
    Landscaping and perennial gardening

    Other:
    Painting
    House renovations

  • Languages

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

    This host offers a language exchange
    I am a beginner Spanish speaker and Wade is a beginner Czech speaker. Our daughter (no longer at home) is fluent in Czech and our boys went to French immersion school during their elementary school years.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Room in house or space provided for campervan or RV.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our acreage is located 2 min away from Creston, a great town in Ktunaxa Territory in southern BC with so much to see and do. There are multiple ski hills within 2 hours of our home including White Water, Kimberley, and Red Mountain. Kootenay Lake is just 20 minutes away and the Goat River, a short bike ride down the road. Four wineries are within biking distance and the Creston Valley also hosts a micro-distillery and brewery.

    Notable local events include the Blossom Festival, Kaslo Jazz Festival, Shambala, Fall Fair and a vibrant Farmers' Market. There is a recreation complex, golf course and lots of hiking, mountain biking, fishing and hunting opportunities.

  • 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

    We have both an area close to water, power and convenience and another area beside a creek with lots of privacy but no amenities.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week, may include weekends as needed.


Host ref number: 214388994227