Enjoy Lakes, Hiking and Nature on this 40 acre hobby farm property in beautiful Ontario, Canada

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  2021 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    UPDATE:
    We are currently requiring assistance with the following task (high priority):
    - Wood collecting and chopping
    - Gardening
    - Farming
    - Painting (outdoors)



    My husband broke his leg this fall and we are struggling to keep with all the farm chores while I (Natalie) work full time. We would love someone that could stay more than 2 weeks to maintain consistency for chores/support.

    Accommodation is in our home. We can only accommodate 1-2 workaways right now.

    Welcome to our beautiful piece of land just 20 mins from downtown Kingston, Ontario. With close to 40 acres of land, we have built a sustainable family home. Kingston is located just 1.5 hours from Ottawa (the capital of Canada) and 2.5 hours from Toronto. Our property is located in a gorgeous geographical region - the Canadian Shield. It features calm lakes, large maple trees and solid climbing rocks. Our property is 40 acres of mixed woods and fields along with trails and also runs parallel to a 90 acre Nature Conservancy park with trails.

    Our family has 4 school aged children ranging in age from 7-14 years of age. Our children attend a local community school in Kingston. They are active, lively and have a love of nature. We spend a significant amount of time together as a family enjoying outdoor activities - swimming, kayaking, hiking, walking, running, skiing, skating and much more! Our weekends are spent together as a family enjoying our property or exploring surrounding nature trails.

    Jamin stays at home and works for another farm part time and Natalie is a school teacher (intermediate french) working in Kingston.

    We are open to workaways that are interested in working on our hobby farm and enjoy spending time with children. We have four, so it can get noisy!

    Our home is just 5 mins from two beautiful lakes that are perfect for swimming, kayaking and other water sports. We head into town on a regular basis so there are opportunities for you to visit downtown Kingston and explore the city. Relax at the end of the day in our wood fired cedar hot tub!

    Food is a priority for family and as such we eat relatively healthy. We keep gluten (breads, pastas) to a minimum and eat lots of fresh veggies/fruits along with local/organic meats. All of our meat is ethical, organic and free of pesticides/hormones/gmo's. We cook most of our own foods and enjoy fermenting (we are currently working on wild leeks!). We welcome guests who have a passion for cooking as well since our kids enjoy trying to new meals (they are bored of the ones we offer!).

    We are looking for workaways who have prior workaway experience and are at least in their mid20's age.

    We currently have 5 cows and a flock of chickens and turkeys (about 30).

    We have some large gardens that need caring for along with many chores around the home (carpentry, painting, washing/cleaning).

    In the Winter, we will require primarily maintenance assistance of our home, cow milking and childcare. As winter comes to end we will require assistance with Maple Syrup. We have 3 large groves of maple trees and in previous years have tapped up to 80 trees but we can do much more if we have more help! Coming up in the spring of 2020 we will require assistance preparing our fencing and fields for cows, pigs and chickens again as we are running out of our own meat.


    Please be prepared for the following:
    -Kingston spring and fall weather is mixed. It could be warm (20 degrees celcius) or cooler (10 degrees celcius). It can be rainy and cool or hot and humid.
    -Kingston winter weather is cold (usually between minus 10 to minus 40 from December through March).
    -Kingston summer weather is typically hot (20-35 degrees celcius) and humid.
    -Bring rain boots, winter boots, work boots, working clothes, work gloves and layers. Merino wool makes a great base layer.
    -We have 4 children in our home so it is not quiet during the day. If you are looking for a quiet retreat this is not the spot for you. If you are looking for fun, adventure and excitement, we are a fabulous bunch!
    -We have internet and cell service, though at time (rain, snow) it can be slow. Downloading movies can be a drain on our bandwidth so we ask guests to limit these activities. Luckily we play a lot of board games and spend time as a family together.
    -You are expected to help with meals (preparation and clean up of meals).
    -Be expected to work 5 hours per day for 5 days per week. Work can be done indoors or outdoors and hours can be done at times convenient for you throughout the day.
    -You are responsible for helping with chores in the home and keeping up with your own laundry.
    -Smoking is prohibited in the house and around the children.
    -Ensure that you have travel insurance.
    -We can offer rides into town on weekdays when the kids are in school.


    We look forward to hearing from you and discussing opportunities further :)

    Natalie, Jamin and family

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    Workaways will benefit tremendously from our eco friendly lifestyle and experiences of owning a 40 acre hobby farm with 4 kids. Learn about entrepreneurship from Natalie and Jamin and have fun with the children at the same time.

    You will learn about:
    - Gardening
    - Carpentry
    - Caring for children
    - Maple Syrup
    - Sustainable farming
    - Sustainable living

    Natalie speaks french and you can learn both English and French.

    You will also have the opportunity to meet a community of like minded individuals. Kingston is a fabulous city to learn about sustainable farming and lifestyles. The landscape in Kingston gorgeous

    If you enjoy rock hunting then this is the spot for you! My husband spends much of his free time rock hounding and searching mines for various types of gems and crystals (apetite, mica, granite, limestone, quartz, etc).

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for assistance with the following tasks in no particular order. Tasks can be discussed based on the skills you have to offer

    Fall
    - Childcare before/after school (driver's license preferable but not necessary)
    - Chopping Wood *** HIGH PRIORITY
    - Tidying up gardens and getting them ready for winter/spring
    - Clean out barn and chicken coop
    - Preparing small greenhouse for greens and sprouts for fall/winter
    - Cutting back brush and trimming apple trees
    - Building a cold frame
    - Building a deck
    - Creating wood storage along side of home
    - Creating more walking and skiing trails
    - Creating mountain biking trails & outdoor play area for kids


    Spring
    - Getting fences ready for animals
    - Building shelters for animals (moveable chicken coops, lean to's for pigs/cows, etc)
    - Seed planting, garden preparation
    - Weeding gardens and building new garden beds
    - Trimming back bushes
    - Food harvesting, preparation, storage, etc

    Summer
    - Chopping wood* High priority
    - Garden maintenance and weeding
    - Cutting back brush and trimming trees
    - Building a cold frame
    - Building a deck
    - Creating wood storage along side of home
    - Food harvesting, preparation, storage, etc

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I speak english and french.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    In the summer, We have a tent trailer available. Washroom facilities including shower is in her our home, along with eating facilities (kitchen) and laundry. We also open our home for your to relax and enjoy at your leisure.
    We also have indoor accommodations in a bedroom for colder seasons.

    We have bicycles you can use along with kayaks for local trips. We head into town several times a week (with Covid restrictions we spend more time at home).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live about 20 minutes from downtown Kingston in a small village. There is a local restaurant and convenience store located close to our home. Otherwise we are surrounded by lakes, walking/hiking trails and beautiful scenery.
    Kingston is 1.5 hours to Ottawa, 2 hours to Montreal and 2.5 hours toToronto. There is a train station and bus station in Kingston which can take you to larger cities if you would like to visit.
    Kingston has delicious restaurants, lots of arts, music and theatres and a vibrant community.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have tons of space to park your van. Come on by :)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week



Host ref number: 299523199999