Organic gardening and learn about wildcrafting in the Slocan Valley, Canada



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    I am a single, active, 57 year old environmental engineer and moved here from Vancouver about 16 years ago. I am happy to share what I know about gardening, cooking, construction and this beautiful area and its history. I love to dance, play music and host campfire jams and potluck parties.

    The property is surrounded by beautiful mountains and rivers and there are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had, including. biking on the rail-trail, hiking in the mountains, canoeing on the lake and floating down the river. Valhalla Park, Nelson, and Winlaw are all close by.

    It is my intention to share this land with others while preserving its beauty, as best I can. I particularly want to help heal and facilitate change agents, celebrate life with friends, music, dance and campfires. It is my intention to find friends who want to live here long term. My values include environmental stewardship, self sufficiency, wilderness preservation, wild-crafting, composting, and gardening. I believe in the power of positive thinking and creative visualization.

    I am interested in enjoying a high quality of life, helping people out and sharing my skills and experience. There is a lot of space for creativity and fun. I am into improvisational music and dance (ecstatic, flocking and contact) , planning, building and gardening.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I am happy to share my knowledge of the local area, construction, gardening, permaculture, composting (my specialty), wildcrafting, beekeeping, and music.

    There are many opportunities for outdoor activities close by including swimming, kayaking, canoeing or floating down the river or on the lake, hiking in the mountains, rock climbing, bouldering, biking, visiting old mines, and visiting aboriginal heritage sites. The beaches on the lakes and rivers are beautiful.

    There are plenty of experiences to be had here in the valley and in Nelson including artist tours, music, dance, theater, geology, mining, mushrooms, plant medicines, and making new friends, Nelson is a very colorful and is a big draw for lots of people. People go there to get away from normal.

    The area has a very interesting history and culture. Check out the Doukhobors, the Sinixt, Valhalla Park, Slocan Valley Rail Trail, the Vallican Whole and Humans of Nelson. Also in Nelson, check out the Kootenay Coop Radio, Ecosociety Markets, The Moving Center, Bloom, The Royal, Spiritbar, and the Shambhala Music Festival.

  • Help


    My first priority is the garden with ongoing weeding, planting, pruning and harvesting. I am particularly looking for workers with experience in organic farming, permaculture or regenerative agriculture and passion for that type of help. I have beehives and have kept bees before, but am not yet sure if I will be keeping bees next year. I am also considering building a small greenhouse and/or a chicken coop.

    There is also always food preparation, cooking and dog walking for those interested in helping with that.

    A fixed schedule is preferred but not necessarily required. The length of stay, work and food options are all negotiable.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation is in one of the 4 rooms in the shared guesthouse, or a detached hut, or you can bring your own. There is separate building with its own kitchen , WIFI, and outdoor toilet and shower. Workers bringing their own accommodation will not be required to work as much as workers taking a rooms or hut.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are bikes and hammocks available. The nearest bus is a 20 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride away. There is an awesome online rideshare service called Kootenay Rideshare.

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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

    Yes, there are several serviced outbuildings if you like working with other people around or if you prefer privacy. There is no cell phone service here but there is good WIFI.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Yes I can service a smaller RV.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    8-15 hours a week/person depending on food agreement

Host ref number: 362655431845