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We have two farm stay cottages on our farm in the beautiful Ottawa valley in Ontario, Canada. We host families, kids camps and retreats. Our 140 acres of mainly forest and a couple of fields is home to our herd of horses, cows, sheep, donkey, chickens, pigs and ducks. You can reach us via Greyhound bus service which will get you to the nearest town and we can pick you up from there. We live in a remote area with no public transport.
Help in the house
You will meet a lot of people who come to stay on our farm, many from other cultures. We live a humble life which revolves around providing food for ourselves.. You will learn our way of life, what it takes to be a guardian of the land and how we look after and protect our livestock. There will be an opportunity to learn Natural Horsemanship and to communicate with our horses using a relationship based foundation.
If you love animals and nature you will love it here. You will need to be flexible and able to help out where needed. We host farm stays so there will be some cleaning required. There are numerous jobs that need to be done alongside myself or my husband and independently. All the work is manual with some heavy lifting required at times. We are a working farm and require your help with our every day chores which will include cleaning out animal shelters, splitting and piling firewood, weeding, painting fences and anything else that needs doing on a daily basis. Common sense and a good work ethic is required. Someone who likes children and has some horse knowledge would be important especially when we host our kids camp in July.
Come September / October we will need help with moving and piling firewood ready for winter and removing docks from nearby Lake Clear, physical strength is required for the latter.
You will live with us in our house, it's just my husband and I and a couple of cats. You will have your own bedroom and meals will be provided. We grow a lot of our own food and raise our own meat. A little help in the kitchen would be appreciated. Our food is very basic so if you require anything extra you will need to provide this yourself. We live on a limited budget with no luxuries.
Please be sensitive to our way of life and keep everything to moderation.
We don't leave the farm very often so if you want to see the surrounding area it would be best to have your own transport. We sometimes hang out at the lake on a hot afternoon. Most of our jobs are done in the morning and evening allowing time to relax in the afternoons.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 3-4 hours a day- 6 days a week