Join me on our forest land to create a partially self-sufficient homestead near Montreal, Canada




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  • Description


    Update on the homestead, I am now alone on the homestead and really enjoying winter, and being alone!. BUT there is the business of trying to prepare for what is coming, this is my chance to develop as many micro business opportunities as possible, I dont really want to return to 'normal' life - I want to work here on the land helping and protecting it and creating a place that will sustain people. I am currently selling bags of kindling/wood to passerby but with the lockdown the road is not busy. I would like to rest another month but I see projects that must get done now, such as interior finishing, finishing the bathroom, building a guest room (almost done) and when its not too cold working on finishing the guest cabin. Some days trailwork in the forest but many days recently inside, sometimes doing herbal work, or house cleaning, and working on a new blog. I own the 15 acre lot next door which is all forest and I would like to look at ways to preserve this piece of land and have it protected as a forest retreat center. There is a chance for the right person to invest in this project of a small community with land ownership, but I have not figured out how exactly to do this so all parties feel secure and have their own little place.
    I could use help with online work promoting my project(s)through my blog: writing, content creation. I currently blog for Garden Culture Magazine

    My interests lie in herbalism, permaculture, flower and food growing, chicken/duck raising, small structure building, natural fencing, swale and pond construction are some of our projects. The main house will one day be able to accomadate more than just two but for now we are planning on finishing a guest cabin (the Shack) where people can stay. Im english but speak french too.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    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

    I live on 18 acres of wild old growth Laurentian forest about an hour from Montreal in Wentworth Nord. I love to teach about plants and the local forest animals and birds. I am also developing sylvopasture systems to one day have larger animals,like pigs and sheep/goats. I work with permaculture garden methods and after about ten years here it provides a good example of what it takes to start a homestead in the forest. Along with friends and family I built the house in 2010, and I am still clearing land.

  • Help


    firewood, chicken care, house cleaning, forest trail maintenance, snow shovelling,basic construction, generally getting ready for winter!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: 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.
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  • Accommodation


    In a small private room under construction. Shared bathroom and kitchen ect.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Morin Heights and St Sauveur are very close by and we could provide rides to these villages as well as occasional trips to further towns like Montreal. We have a lake across the road and many acres of forest to explore.

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    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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3-5 hours a day, 1-5 days a week

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