Learn about being self-sustainable at our family farm on Vancouver Island, Canada



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  • Description


    I live on a small organic homestead/ farm up on a mountain close to the TransCanada Trail with my two children.
    Beautiful forest with trails starting right in the back of our house, valley view.
    There are 15 acres of land with gardens, a small orchard, 2 large greenhouses, animal pastures and a pond so far.

    Our projects include:

    -everyday chores like firewood, pruning back trees and bushes, weeding
    - help in my pottery studio if possible
    -planting, landscaping, making firewood, everything you need
    to do on a homestead
    - hanging out with our kids
    -fencing a new area for berry bushes and nut trees
    -propagate trees and berry bushes
    -setting up more animal shelters, including fencing
    -cultivating new soil and build new garden beds
    -growing more medicinal plants
    -improving our compost system
    - collecting seaweed from the beach
    - maintaining two greenhouses, from seeding to harvest
    - pruning
    - harvesting and saving seeds
    - canning, dehydrating, preserving food and medicinals
    - tree planting
    - preparing and applying biodynamic preparations
    - various renovations in the house
    -finishing our huge permaculture hugel bed

    I have a fully equipped pottery studio set up.

    We live approx. 15-20 minutes away from the closest shops and town.
    I go to town frequently as my 12 year old son attends various activities, we are only 13 minutes from the Waldorf School and 20 minutes from the ocean.
    I also have a 8 year old little girl.
    Our interests lay in living a simple life in peace, connecting with the land and creating beautiful things.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • 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

    We speak 2 languages, English and German.
    I am happy to share my knowledge about farming, growing food, healthy eating, pottery and many other passions of mine!
    My place is like a retreat on a little mountain in the woods, if you like a quiet meditative lifestyle with lots of nature and time spent in contemplation than this is a good place for you.

  • Help


    At this time of year in fall and winter I mainly need help in the house and outside with garden clean up.
    I have a dog that needs to be taken care of when i go to my Art Shows and Markets

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    guest bedroom, private bathroom on separate floor in above ground basement.
    Food available but due to my irregular work schedule I can not cook meals and most helpers in the past have been happy to make their own food.
    Kitchen has anything you would need and I am happy to buy food that you like even if I don't eat it :)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Helpers at my place have been very independent in the past years and i have received positive feedback about it.
    I have used other hosting platforms for the last 10 year and just added workaway.
    If you want to go there and check out our reviews or pictures, pls do!

    I usually have a few tasks or projects going at a time and they can pick each day what they want to work on, so it doesn't get too boring.
    I am very happy about initiative and projects you want to start on your own if it improves and benefits the land.

    Vancouver Island is a vibrant place with amazing nature to explore everywhere! Kayaking, whale watching, hiking, etc. your own vehicle would help with that. I will go to town every now and then or to Victoria one night a week. There are lots of young people growing food in this area, good food available always!
    Lots of art, music, dance, yoga, meditation, etc.

    My kids love to play with helpers!

    I am a single parent and it is way too much for me to take care of the land, the house, my kids, my business and everything else that is going on by myself. Help is much appreciated.

    When I work I usually work all day in my studio and am not around too much, when my kids are here with me, I am cooking and playing :)

    We have had many great helpers stay with us long term, many of them coming back several years in a row or for visits.
    Right now I am looking for shorter stays around 1- 2 weeks , but am open and flexible.

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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