There has been no policy notice from Workaway so we are writing to any prospective visitors on our own. Please use your common sense when pursuing a place to stay. If you are sick, don't come! We will honour arrangements made with Workawayers for the month of August However, if you are ill please let us know and understand that we won't be able to host you.
My husband and I moved from the big city of Toronto six summers ago to pursue a quieter, moderately self-sustaining lifestyle. On our 12 acres we have meadow and hardwood forest. As the soil is sandy, from thousands of years of being part of a large sea, we are working hard to augment the soil for farming. Using methods such as Hugel kultur and digging in composted material; building raised beds and planting native species, we endeavour to bring the land to a state of growing ability.
In addition to this, we have a small bee yard, consisting of three hives. We have tried to plant flower species that are both native and sustaining for bee forage. Any honey we harvest has so far been for our own use.
Some of our large projects include laying a walking trail through the hardwoods, clearing out and repairing a barn on site, building a wood burning pizza and bread oven and establishing a mixed fruit orchard with trees and bushes native and hardy to our area.
Our fruit trees and vegetables are chemical free with hand picking of pests being our primary method of damage control. As you can imagine, this is very labour-intensive during the growing season. Another task that takes considerable time is the removal of invasive plant species on our property. By doing this we are able to maintain the natural habitats required for birds, frogs and snakes.
We live in beautiful Northumberland County, Ontario, east of Toronto and west of Kingston.
DIY and building projects
We have travelled extensively and welcomed students learning English to our home in Toronto. We speak several languages ourselves including: Dutch, French, Armenian, Spanish and German. We have facilities that will accommodate someone with a physical disability as we wish to be as inclusive as possible.
Art projects are encouraged!
In the spring of 2020, we will need help with planting vegetables, weeding, trail laying (involves clearing and covering with wood chips), cleaning out and repairing the barn. Last year we had an amazing year of bee forage which meant that there were many swarms of bees! We managed to capture three of the many swarms so added to our total number of hives. End August and early September will be very busy with honey collection and bottling. As the weather warms up we will be preparing the area and then building the wood burning pizza/bread oven. Much of our work will be dirty but not overly taxing. Any and all are welcome to help!
We have rooms within our house which has a big open plan encouraging communal living. Tents may be used in the summer months. Food preparation and eating together is what we do. We are non-meat eaters.
The beautiful Provincial park of Presqu'ile is nearby and we have a year pass. There are bike trails, walking trails and beaches. Toronto is two hours away by car. Kingston is a little over 1 hour east and Ottawa is 3 hours away by car. We have a swimming pool which is a welcome splash at the end of a hot day! We belong to a dragon boating club which you may join a few times as a guest.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week