The farm is a peaceful country location in the beautiful Paxton Valley within the northern Okanagan area of British Columbia, between Kamloops & Vernon. Surrounded by wildlife, beautiful enchanted forests, open hillside pastures, ponds, creeks and nearby Monte Lake, this mountain valley has incredible energy, wonderful temperatures, huge blue skies and bright starry nights most of the year.
At this time, help is needed with a beautiful construction project finishing a post and beam log home. Lots of physical outdoor hands on farm work. enjoying a simple country life - there is nothing more special than working with beautiful St. Croix 'hair' sheep, taking in the fresh air and making daily achievements that make a big difference!
There is always a variety of daily farm work including feeding, watering, shepherding on the property, land maintenance and animal management to keep everyone busy and entertained. This season there are several projects to tackle which promises to be very educational including; irrigation, fencing, my log house construction project, tractor work on the land, as well as a demolition project (if you are in the mood!) ... generally, like most farmers, there are many more projects than time or energy! A person joining the farm should be a good communicator (every question is important!), be flexible to work as a team or a self starter (once they know the ropes), excited to learn, love open spaces and simple physical work surrounded by nature and peaceful energy.
Also, on the farm is a small country style 'custom care' dog boarding kennel providing individual attention, care and exercise for all dog breeds and types of doganalities that we have the pleasure to share time with. This part of the farm is usually not shared with workawayers unless you specifically love dogs!
Simply, the animals come first, the farm second and days are sometimes long full of very satisfying hours of arduous work where getting dirty and digging in to do what it takes, is just part of it. Strong, practical, and holistic work ethics are devoted to the very best that can be for the animals, while we love to eat very well (which fuels our long hours), laugh alot, have wonderful times together, get quality rest and ... any help would be truly wonderful and gratefully appreciated! Welcoming animal lovers and construction enthusiasts for a hands-on country, farm experience!
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
It always amazing how people come looking to learn about farming, and find themselves embracing the holistic experience as well as leave loving hair sheep! This glorious location has great energy you are sure to feel the second you arrive. (Caution: if you are not into country, working outdoors and a lover of farm animals, this may not be the best place to hang out!) Shared time, honoured values are unlimited: enjoy nature, wide open spaces, fresh air, mountain majesty and simple common sense country living; experience the many facets of construction and enjoy the synergy raising and nurturing animals in a calm stress-free environment and most of all...understand the kind of compassion meant by "tender loving care" that is far and above, unique to farming. Thank you for your consideration and the opportunity!
Country life, construction opportunity and caring for beautiful sheep, I invite you to become an integral part of the farm. Ideally, people joining have a sincere interest in what it takes to run a viable farm, are looking for an authentic 'experience' and, have an innate love of country life with animals and physical work most of all. Here, animals are everything and we put their needs first and foremost, whatever that may be at any particular time. Sometimes, farming requires high stamina, long hours, getting dirty and often, a sense of humour! Guaranteed, you'll learn a ton, eat like royalty, be comfy in this beautiful mountain location, enjoy great company and laugh alot!
Most guests become life long friends and it is astonishing, the impact a simple practical farm life has on most people. Happily many workawayers return as 'family', friends for years after, checking back often having fallen head over heels in love with a very special BC flock of St. Croix (hair bred) lambs and sheeps!
As for ongoing projects, this summer finishing a gorgeous post and beam house is priority offering plenty of learning opportunities, I have ongoing sheep and land management tasks (and one demo project!). Then there is moving irrigation, pasture management and daily activities including loads of different types of dogs to walk (only if you love dogs!), all the while enjoying good food, great company and laughter!
Until frost, a lovely self contained, clean, private travel trailer "Ace" is completely set up for guests (including an incredibly comfy bed!) Nutritious quality home cooked meals and snacks are enjoyed together. Laundry is available and computer time as needed (satellite/limited wifi service). If you are looking to experience BC farm life, you will be well fed, comfortable, you will learn alot and be busy all the while! The goal for you is to hopefully love the work, enjoy every day farm life and times, make quality relationships, and live content in this beautiful part of BC, 'at your home away from home'!
35 beautiful peaceful acres to explore surrounded by rolling pastures, enchanted forests with ponds, a creek and waterfall to hike and many ways to enjoy the bounties of the area that is surrounded by wildlife and vast crown land adjoining in every direction. In the warm glorious spring and summer months skies are blue with climate that is perfect for hiking, mountain biking, swimming, fishing or canoeing in the lake nearby. Opportunities to share a ride to local towns are about once a week to enjoy all that the Kamloops and Shuswap/Okanagan area of BC has to offer including vast orchards and seemingly countless vineyards and wineries!
Home life is comprised of dogs, cats, chickens, guardian llama, Patricia's horses and about 100+ beautiful purebred hair sheep. Physical work in whatever form or for any task, is full of passion, life is enjoyed as holistically as possible, quality food is savoured and care for the animals is with our practical hands-on loving approach, putting their needs first and foremost, no matter what. Life here is all about communication, enjoying our work, dwelling in nature, appreciating the land, enjoying great nutrition, quality interactive relationships, while respecting the simple peaceful ways of animals and mother nature. Proudly, little time has been wasted watching television or 'bad' news in many decades, however, campfires (in season) are a regular pass time, an evening home brew or local glass of wine and inspiring quality conversation with visitors from all over the world are welcome and fully encouraged!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week