Immersive family farm experience in Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada

  • Canada
  • Favourited 520 times
  • Last activity: 29/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Winter 2022 update: We are next accepting workawayers from mid-February 2022, for 2-3 week stays. We are specifically looking for people who are prepared to work outside regardless of rain or cold for 2-3 hours a day, and work on standard indoor cleaning and kitchen projects the remainder of the time. Bonus points if you can cook, or if you love to organize.

    Join us and be wrapped in the warm care of a homesteading family for 2-3 weeks (or more if its a good fit!), with healthy home-cooked meals, locally-harvested teas and foods, lego sessions with the kids, snuggles with cuddly pets, and good sleeps on a queen sized memory foam bed. Our farmstay is best described as a truly immersive experience and is suited to 1 or 2 people who want to experience the day to day realities of living in relationship to the land and participating in family life, focused on the values of deep ecology, Indigenous wisdom and reconciliation, decolonization, magic, seasonal living, and imagining and investing in a beautiful and safe world for future generations.

    We live on 3 acres of mixed crop fields, woods, ponds, fruit trees, gardens-in-the-making and a lovely skyline. This is the fourth property we have hosted helpers on, and its our favorite way of 'staying home' while connecting to the world. We grow hemp in the fields and food in the garden using permaculture and regenerative land practices. We also have a sweet dog, two cats, and from time to time some different farm animals.

    We love hosting as it brings different cultures, worldviews, languages, art, cooking and friendships into our lives when we have stopped travelling in favor of a localized land-based life.

    Important: When you message us, please share a little bit about how you resonate with our profile. We do not respond to messages that only say your name and when you want to come. For best results let us know:
    - Your interest in spending safe and quality time with children
    - Your interest in participating in family and household life
    - Your ability to work and learn with a good attitude
    - During Covid19, how you are staying safe and reducing exposure and if you are vaccinated

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    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

    Our family is mixed indigenous and european descent. Staying with us you'll learn about indigenous resurgence, Canada's colonial history and the current work of reconciliation, and being in relationship to the land. You'll also have the opportunity to learn about permaculture, organic gardening and hemp farming. We are an alternative family who focuses our energy away from mainstream culture and values, and towards a life-sustaining society that promotes diversity, inclusivity, resilience, holistic health practices, and deconstructing the patriarchal, white supremacist extractive capitalist systems of oppression that impact us all. We do this through compassionate inquiry and a trauma-informed approach.

    We are the #83 bus route. We also offer to take you on adventures such as forest walks, town trips, and beach trips. Nearby you’ll find parks and trails, the world-famous Butchart Gardens, ocean access with kayak and paddle board rentals, coffee shops, thrift stores and more.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Typically, we ask for help with routine garden, farm, and homestead tasks. These can include shoveling dirt, compost and wood chips, weeding the fields and pulling invasive plants from the woodland, trail and path maintenance, plant care (pest checking, fertilizing etc.), fence maintainable and general yard care.
    Inside the kitchen is a constant work zone and we usually ask for general kitchen help from food production to cleanup.
    On rainy days we may ask you to do a household cleaning project, and sometimes we may ask you to do random once a season chores like cleaning a vehicle, doing a freezer inventory and so on.
    Our kids, age 7 and 10, also appreciate if you spend some time with them sharing your skills and passions or engaging in one of their favourite activities such as art, music, basketball, soccer, Uno, lego or boardgames.
    Basically, you’ll be involved in every aspect of running a family homestead! And in everything we ask you to do, we usually share a teaching or two about WHY as it relates to permaculture, regenerative and restorative land stewardship, and inter-species relationships!
    If you have special skills we can also talk about setting you up with specific projects (such as restoring a 1975 Mercedes’ bus, helping fix up an old barn, building new garden beds, art installations etc.).

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Private room with a queen bed, shared bathroom, kitchen and living room.
    We offer healthy whole foods (minimal packaged or ready-made items), and ask you to purchase any special items we don’t normally supply. We eat minimal wheat & dairy, and try and only eat sustainable and ethically raised/harvested animal products.
    We have some water challenges and provide instructions on saving water, including limiting showers to five minutes.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We can pick you up from most locations in Greater Victoria including ferry terminals and airports.
    We prefer to receive new folk on Thursdays or fridays.

    Our place is best suited for people who truly want an immersive west coast family farm experience. We expect workawayers to be resourceful, independent, mature, healthy, courteous, and adaptable. We generally do NOT like to host people who want to spend all the free time in their rooms or online, or people who do not have an ethic of reciprocity and responsibility.

    We offer references to those seeking jobs in Canada and worldwide and have provided reference letters and reference phone calls to many of our helpers.

    *ABSOLUTELY no tolerance for cigarettes/vaping/commercial tobacco.

  • 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

    Workawayers can work from home in their off-hours but any intensive bandwidth use needs to occur in the evenings so that the wi-fi signal is strong for our work-from-home day time use.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Pets must be clean, de-flead and de-wormed, and be safe with children and other pets.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 269138193598

Feedback (18)


These are extra optional ratings when members leave feedback. The average rating left for each option is displayed.

Accuracy of profile: (4.8)

Cultural exchange: (4.9)

Communication: (4.9)

A home away from home on the Isle of the Arts, Gabriola Island, BC, Canada
enjoy rural waterfront accommodation living while helping us with our daily chores in Upper Whitehead, Canada