Work exchange on our hobby farm on Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada



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    ***Due to Covid, we are looking for people who will be willing to stay for longer periods (1-2mo minimum), and be willing to isolate themselves if they have been in contact with the public in other communities. However, we have 15 acres so isolating means we can still socialize, explore and work during that time, as long as we are conscientious.

    As we are expecting a second wave of COVID to hit in August/September, we expect that isolation will be reinstated at that time for at least 2-3 months. We would love to find one or two isolation conscious people who are independent, fun, relaxed, community oriented and hardworking, willing to come help with the harvest, and share our beautiful property for a long period.***

    We have a small family hobby farm on a small ferry accessed island which is a tourist destination off of Vancouver Island. We have a small herd of dairy goats, egg and meat chickens, ducks and three free-range, energetic, independent minded, and at times very loud children (7, 9, 11), one of which has special needs. We also share time and workload with our neighbours depending on what is going on.

    Quadra Island has a network of mountain biking and hiking trails, many miles of beautiful coastline, and a wonderful artist and music community. Our farm is located relatively close (3km) to both towns on the island, and hitchhiking is quite easy and accepted on the island, though not during this Covid crisis.

    Current projects include usual goat, chicken and duck care, renovating an old house, expanding electric fencing, and vegetable gardening. Home projects would include help with children, household chores and mealtime. Other projects may be included based on weather, time, completion of other jobs, whimsy and the skills of helpers.

    Helpers need to be aware that we have 2 large livestock guardian dogs, and must enjoy interacting with children.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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

    Quadra Island is a beautiful holiday destination, with many hiking and biking trails, many miles of shoreline, wildlife, artists and music.

    We are a friendly family who have traveled in the past, and look forward to meeting and sharing stories, culture, language and experience with other interesting people.

    Helpers can benefit from learning about taking care of animals, garden, a permaculture based garden, fresh local home-cooked food, markets, a beautiful destination, and a lot of youthful energy and imagination.

  • Help


    We are a very easygoing family with lots of projects on the go, and 3 mi, energetic children. Help can vary depending on the skills of the helper, and the time of year. Help doing interesting projects with children (fun projects of your choice, build treehouse, fix bicycles, soccer, learning french and other languages), maintaining and planting the vegetable garden, building and maintaining outbuildings, general farm maintenance, animal care, and electric fence building are all possibilities. Help in term of basic household chores (meal cleanup, toiletry, and basic tidying) are expected from all house guests.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation may vary depending on how many people are here, and the time if year. We have a tent trailer, quaint cabin with basic electricity, an outdoor shower and sawdust toilet. We also have a spare room in the family house. Indoor shower and toilet facilities are shared in the main house.

    In terms of meals, breakfast will be in the main house sometime between 7-9am where the day's projects will be planned. A basic self-serve lunch will be available around mid day. Dinner will be shared with the family in the main house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Quadra Island is a beautiful destination, with many hiking and biking trails, many miles of shoreline, wildlife, artists and music.

  • 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

    Our internet connection is not super excellent, but sufficient to have a video chat over messenger with the occasional glitch.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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