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.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
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.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
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:
Planting, pruning and maintaining fruit trees
Landscaping and perennial gardening
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.
Room in house or space provided for campervan or RV.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
We have both an area close to water, power and convenience and another area beside a creek with lots of privacy but no amenities.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week, may include weekends as needed.