Help at our family farm with no-dig vegetable garden and flower beds in Smithers, BC, Canada

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    ABOUT OUR WORK

    Help us to create a no-dig, permaculture vegetable garden!

    We bought our 66 acre property and built our home a couple of years ago. Now we are putting our efforts into developing the vegetable garden, flower beds, building a greenhouse, storing-up winter firewood and chipping up brush to attempt the no-dig gardening method, with the use of mulching and compost.

    We also work hard to preserve as much of our food as possible, through fermentation, dehydration, canning, freezing and root cellaring.

    Workawayers will help weed, plant, build perimeters and fencing, operate chipper, chop/stack firewood, harvest fruits/vegetables and help preserve/store food.

    ABOUT US
    Welcome to our family farm and garden. We work hard to grow organic food for our family and to have enough surplus to gift to others, as well as to store some in our cellar for the winter months.

    ABOUT OUR WORK
    We bought our 66 acre property and built our home a couple of years ago. Now we are putting our efforts into developing the vegetable garden, flower beds, building a greenhouse, storing-up winter firewood and chipping up brush to attempt the no-dig gardening method, with the use of mulching and compost. We also work hard to preserve, can, dehydrate and freeze as much of our provisions as we are able.

    We have three lively boys ages 6, 8 and 10, who love to adventure and help outdoors. Families would be most welcome here, and children can play or help as they are able or interested.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have extra bikes, a trampoline, a lake to paddle on or swim in (only 1km away), and sporting equipment. Other children will be sure to enjoy their stay here.

    We love showing our guests around. Taking trips to the lakes/rivers, going on local hikes and showing the sights. We make time for both work and PLAY... and always love an opportunity to show visitors why we love the Bulkley Valley!

  • Help

    Help

    We have a large, personal vegetable garden and flower gardens. We need help with chipping wood for mulch on garden beds, building rock walls, paths, weeding, harvesting and preserving.

    Workawayers will be expected to give 4-5 hours a day each toward labour in our garden. This is not heavy work, necessarily, but it is moderately physical. We really enjoy hosting guests and learning about their country and culture. When the work is done, guests are free to enjoy their time on the property, or exploring our region. We love to show travellers the sights, and take guests on hikes or paddles or bike rides.

    We are an english-speaking family, but I (Alethia) am fluent in French and adore learning new languages!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    english, french

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    YOUR ACCOMODATIONS
    We have a fully hooked-up travel trailer available as accommodation. It has a queen-size bed, and a set of twin bunks. It has its own propane stove, furnace and fridge/freezer, as well as running water/shower and toilet. It also has air conditioning if one needs to get the heat out before bed. Guests may also choose to shower in our house instead, if they would prefer more water pressure and space. We also have enough space so you can also bring your own camper and be fully hooked-up, if that is your preference. (Although we are a non-smoking family, it would be acceptable to smoke outside.)

    FOOD/MEALS
    Guests can look forward to excellent food while staying with us. Previously working as a camp cook, means that I can whip up satisfying meals for any pallet or food preference. No mater your dietary requirements, I am up to the challenge! Guests can prepare their own breakfasts and lunches with the food provided in their accommodations… and after a full day of work and play, can look forward to supper with our family or on their own, prepared by us.
    With plenty to see and do in this piece of paradise, we hope you will consider joining us to experience it for yourself!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    ABOUT SMITHERS
    We are located in the spectacular Bulkley Valley. Smithers is known for world class salmon fishing, a variety of mountain hikes and great down-hill biking terrain. There are many lakes nearby for paddling or swimming.

    Smithers has the Mid-Summer Music Festival (mid-June), and the fall fair (end of August). There is also the Kispiox Valley Music Festival nearby (in July).
    The view lacks nothing from our location at the base of the Hudson Bay Mountain... only 1 kilometer from Seymour Lake. We have an incredible 270 degree view of the Babine Mountains, Seaton range, and Hudson Bay Mountain (Ski Resort).

    Our home is a 10 minute drive from the heart of downtown Smithers. Town is a 7 kilometer bike-ride away… though a vehicle will make the whole experience in the valley, much more accessible.


    *️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️IMPORTANT:
    The north is vast and transportaion options are limited. A personal vehicle is obviously optimal... but not essential. Here are some transportation options listed below:

    By air: We are 1.5 hrs from Vancouver. By car, we are roughly 1200km from Vancouver, 900km from Kamloops, and 400km from Prince George.

    Greyhound is discontinuing bus service to northern BC at the end of May 2018, making it more difficult to get here if travelling by public transportation. Other transportation options are:

    Flights to Smithers (Air Canada). We can pick up at airport.


    Flights to Terrace (Air Canada or Westjet ) and then transit to Hazeltons and then to Smithers.
    (Terrace to Hazelton: )
    (Hazelton to Smithers:
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    Via Rail Train 3 days per week from Jasper/Prince George or Prince Rupert to Smithers (link is external)You can also catch the train in Terrace or Smithers.
    We are hopeful that other transportation options will become available to fill the space vacated by Greyhound, and will update accordingly.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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




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