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*Note: our family farm has moved from Nanaimo to Saanich as of October 2021
Be part of a dynamic farm family, eat healthy food, and work a variety of home and farm tasks.
We grow food and medicine crops on 2.75 acres using organic and regenerative land practices. We also have some animals including sweet dog and a cuddly cat.
We love hosting as it brings different cultures, worldviews, languages, art, cooking and friendships into our lives when we are unable to travel ourselves due to farm responsibilities. In exchange for hosting, we ask for basic contributions to elements of farm life: gardening, cooking, cleaning, and childcare.
Our main mission is to be an inclusive and safe place for workawayers of all ages, experience and identities, while also gaining cultural exchange and a little help keeping on top of our crazy, sometimes chaotic, wonderful family life.
If you stay with us you'll witness (and be welcomed to participate!) in whole-child parenting (kids age 6 and 9), pet snuggles (cat and dog), mini dance parties, delicious healthy whole foods meals, political conversations about decolonization in Canada and more...
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
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
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 indigenous relationship to the land. You'll also have the opportunity to learn about permaculture, organic gardening and hemp farming. We are a 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, capitalistic environmentally destructive systems of oppression that impact us all. But don't worry, we aren't extreme!
We are the #82 bus route. We also offer to take you on adventures such as forest walks, town trips, and beach trips. Helpers do best here when they are okay with staying on the farm most days.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We need different help at different times of year, and are also interested in learning what workawayers have to offer and finding opportunities for them to share their skills with us. Mostly we need help with routine tasks in gardening, farming, childcare and house work. There are a few projects available to the right person, including retrofitting the interiors of a working 1975 Mercedes bus, Small building projects, and creative design.
This host offers a language exchange
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Private room with shared bathroom and kitchen. 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. A great place for people who want to explore kale, brown rice, legumes, soups, stews and quinoa salads!
In the summertime we have to be careful of our water consumption, so workawayers may be asked to take short showers and we can teach different water saving techniques for day to day life.
We can pick you up from the the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, Victoria airport or elsewhere in the Greater Victoria area.
Generally speaking, we can only receive new folk on Thursdays or fridays, so if you are contacting us about a last minute stay, those are the days we can pick you up/have you arrive.
We expect workawayers to be resourceful, independent, mature, healthy, courteous, and adaptabe. Our home is best suited to people who take initiative, have experience being independent (taking care of themselves, cleaning up after themselves, solving problems etc.). We prefer not to host people who want to spend all the free time in their rooms or online, or people who do not have experience being independent and hard working. Our place is best for people who truly want an immersive west coast family farm experience.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
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.
Pets must be clean, de-flead and de-wormed, and be safe with children and other pets.
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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