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

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  • Last activity: 09/11/2022




  • Description



    We need help harvesting and storing the winter veggies, mulching around the perennial bed and orchard. Short (two-day) to long (2 weeks) stay. I’m homeschooling my sons and working for a non-profit and I can’t keep up with the garden work!

    It a beautiful time of year here. The leaves are changing colour, the river is great for paddling, the mountain biking and hiking are at the best with no bugs!


    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.

    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.

    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 9, 12 and 14, 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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    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

    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!

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I speak English and French. I love learning languages and am patient and happy to help others to learn English.

  • Accommodation


    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.)

    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 ...

    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.

    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:
    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.

  • 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

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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have power and water. No sewer. We also have a trailer to host our guests with fully functional kitchen and toilet and shower.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Dogs/cats We have a dog and two cats, so guest pets much be able to get along with our pets.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 355852845275

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