My name is Ume, my partner is Augie, we have four sons, Rye, Sal, Ash and Aro. Our home, the "Jungalo", is part of a Farm, in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Canada, an Intentional Community Land-Trust of two other couples and their children: Keir and Clara live with Mama Cammie and Daddy Yuill, Ruby lives with Mama Meghan and Daddy Rob. We have four other long term members who live off the farm and many associated friends and previous helpers! Also, at the Jungalo we host international students; so far we've had nine students live with us since 2015, from Korea, China, Germany, Brazil and Japan. We have a Community Farm House (with renters who are often Garden Helpers). At this time we have four women staying there: sisters Jessie and Rebecca, and Josie, director of Tatamagouche Centre, and Suze, who works at the amazing Earltown store. Our Farm includes three personal Homes, several Barns, two rustic Guest Houses, Greenhouses, Veggie Packing Shed, a Shop, Forest and Fields on 93+ acres of land near the Northumberland Straight.
We have Ecological, Humanitarian, Social Justice, Humorous, Friendly, Transparent, Interpersonal, Artistic, Nature-Loving, Tree-Hugging, International, Growing Values. Each family and long-term members hold a lease, which entitles them to about 3/4 of an acre of land on which to create a home, plus access to the common land and buildings. Lease-holders get together for weekly or monthly meetings to discuss the nuts and bolts and pleasures of Community Living. (We are soon offering leases to new families!) We tend to have weekly community potlucks and a rotating dinner-making schedule to increase our social time and decrease our work load! Food is mostly local and organic, we understand how to cook for those with special diets, including vegetarian and elimination diets; we derive great pleasure from gorgeous, healthy food and creative, international cooking!
Many guests and friends have joined us over the years at the Farm, especially during our larger events: the "Tatamagouche Summer Free School" (three days at the end of August), "Slow Food Dinners" (often in the harvest season), Community Potlucks and other parties including live music, barn dances, bonfires, stone-oven cooking, "tapas trecks", Halloween and Solstice Forest Gatherings, forest walks, field camping, hosting cyclists, and movies that we play in our Big Barn... Project Parties (or "work parties") we've had include building a straw-bale cabin ("Leslie's Cabin"), raising a post and beam structure (the "Pod"), stooking grain and moving hay bales, harvesting and de-skaping garlic, tree-planting, stacking fire wood, working with stone, building and maintaining greenhouses, forest-floor clean-up, trail building, harvesting fruit and other gardening, planting blueberry bushes, painting walls, creating artwork, Farmhouse and Barn cleaning and maintenance, evacuating and tearing down an old barn (the "Hog Barn"), metal recycling, scrap wood burning... For fun we sometimes travel together, play group games, have sing-alongs, bonfires, walks, swim together and goof around on the beach (the nearest beach is a ten minute walk down Alex Cox Road), and of course, we share Food together! And much more...
Our area is full of beautiful beaches, including "Blue Sea Beach" in Malagash, and "Rushtons Beach Provincial Park"; with lovely sky views across the water when the sun sets to the North-West in summer. Spectacular sunsets are common, and we have winds from the South-West which help blow away the early summer bugs! "Ski Wentworth" is our ski hill, 30 minutes away, "Sugarmoon" is our Maple Syrop and Pancake house, "Lismore" is our Sheep Farm, "Tatamagouche Brewing Company" ("Tatabrew") is our local beer maker, "Jost" is a nearby winery, and we have local meats, dairy and veggies all around. Local fisher-people sell fresh lobster in season (frozen at other times), oysters and mussels, haddock, clams and other sea-food. You can pick "fiddle-heads" (young fern shoots) in spring, and fish off beaches for sea bass, try cat-tail roots as the natives did, and you might find a friend who shares some hunted venison! The evolving "Creamery Square" located on the edge of the Tatamagouche Bay, has a new Live Theatre building, a History Museum, Boat Shop, and two Market Buildings, open on Saturdays in the busy season. There are special natural wonders to explore in the area if you're lucky enough to meet someone who will guide you including waterfalls, lakes (some great outdoor skating), sledding hills, mountain walks, rivers to paddle, natural pools to swim in, and rocky shorelines to scramble and treasure-hunt on!
This area is called the "North Shore" of Nova Scotia. We live in the area known as "Brule", 4 km from the "Village" of Tatamagouche, which has about 3000 permanent residents, and in the summer another 3000 people come to visit, mostly to stay in cottages, many along the shore of the Northumberland Straight. The waters of the straight are quite shallow, which makes them relatively warm, and we are protected from the open sea by Prince Edward Island and on a larger scale, Newfoundland. Villages close by are River John and Pictou to the East along the scenic "Sunrise Trail" shore road, Earltown to the South, Wentworth to the West, and Wallace and Pugwash to the North-West along the shore road. Nearby "Towns" are Truro (South), New Glasgow (East), and Amherst (West), where people go for larger shopping trips, recreation centres, movies and such. The capital of Nova Scotia, "Halifax", we call the "City", which is 1.5 hours to the South, partly on the Trans-Canada Highway. We are between the two routes to Prince Edward Island, the looooong bridge to the West, and the ferry terminal to the East.
Here at the Farm, there are several businesses run by "Farm Folk" (the people who live here) including an organic Veggie Garden run by Cammie, a Sustainability Solutions Group run by Yuill, Ecologic Carpentry run by Rob, a shop run by Augie, and prospective businesses in the works run by Meg, a Forest Camp, and " Nature School" run by Ume (me). Other up-coming projects include Refugee Sponsorship and Mushroom Farming!!!! At different times, work is available with different Farm Folk, though I (Ume) will act as the coordinator to help you Work-Away friends find jobs best suited to your skills!
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
At the Farm, we have many social dinners, so conversation is common, and learning new recipes is almost guaranteed! We can share the culture and lessons of community and large-family life, and we can show you many natural places in our area, because we love the outdoors! You can join us during outings, from sports to shopping, swimming to music... we love going out, but also, we have cozy times at home! You can spend some days with just our family focussing on improving the forest on our property, doing normal household jobs or helping us carry out more creative pursuits! You will also learn a lot from meeting all the "Farm Folk" and seeing their homes and gardens, and from the friendly people and businesses in the Village of Tatamagouche and surrounding areas. Lessons are deep when you are immersed in groups of people and projects, especially when things don't go exactly as planned! Hopefully there will be daily learning challenges to overcome and you will find new skills and improve the skills you already have!
We are unique in that we are an "Intentional Community", so the group of people who live on the Farm share the land and make decisions together about how to take care of the land and buildings. If you are curious about this style of decision making, you could attend some of our meetings and we will be happy to answer questions and share our legal bylaws with you, perhaps you will want to join or start an Intentional Community as well!
Beyond the Farm Community, our area is a local tourist destination, so there are many other experiences that can fill your days during your free time including trying the Tatamagouche Road Train, Village Events, Four-Person Bike Rentals on the Trans-Canada Trail, Canoeing on the French River from Tatamagouche Centre, and other neat experiences like that!
We have diverse projects and tasks at the Farm! We hope you can spend at least four hours per day helping us while you are here, and we hope you are always enjoying your time with us! The work should be interesting and skill-building! Thank you!
Ume and Augie's Projects:
-Help Cooking and Cleaning
-Quality Time with Four Boys
-Assisting Mama Ume in the Area of Birth and Breastfeeding Work
-Set Up Website
-Organize Blessingways and Birth Talks ("Doula Tea")
-Take Notes for Publication
-Arrange Guest Speakers and Workshops
-Attend Breastfeeding Groups
-Finishing details on a large house and yard project:
-Cleaning & Tidying
-Tiling Help Including Rock Tumbling
-Plant Care & Gardening
-Building a Garage / Summer Kitchen / Guest House / Chicken Coop
-Cloth Mache Arches
-Craft & Art Projects
- Nature School
-Help Organizing Projects and Curriculum
-Wooden Sign Making
-Poster Making and Lamination
-Preparing School Infrastructure (Interior Decor and Yard Work)
-During Sessions: Clear Jovial English Conversations
-Home Schooling Ash & Aro
-Creative, Fun, Child-Led Projects:
-Math and Writing Tutoring
-Playing Learning Games
-Positive Companionship During Learning
-Artwork & Crafts
-Cycling Forest Camp
-Work with Four Boys to make this project happen
-Create Tent Platforms in the Woods
-Set Up a Tidy Creative Outhouse
-Set Up a Donation Box and Bike-Repair-Station
-Extend the Forest Trail
-Lantern Making Crafts
-Make Long-Lasting Signs
-Publicize the Forest Camp Online
-Bluffalo Cottage in Skinner's Cove
-Help finishing the new floor
-Help with Construction of Stairs to the Beach
-Hemalo Cottage at Spiddle Hill
-Interior Building Work
-Forest Pruning and Clean-Up
-Forest Trail Building
Many other Projects are possible with other members of the Farm. If you are interested in Music, Ducks, Organic Market Gardening, Refugee Sponsorship, Alternative and Spiritual Workshops, Carpentry, Crafts and Art, Bicycles, Tractor Work, Animal Husbandry, Sustainability, Eco-Forestry, Children, Free School, Cooking, Sailing, Birthing... we can probably find an awesome part-time "work-away" for you while you explore our Community and the Beauty around us with room and food covered!
English, Some French, Tiny bit of Spanish, Japanese, Chinese
At certain times, rooms are available in our Community Farmhouse. It is a group living situation, so you may be sharing with other renters. The Farmhouse has a total of four bedrooms, a kitchen, dining, office, living room and two bathrooms. Extras include two wood stoves, a piano, pantry, outdoor stone oven, gardens, small library and barns. The upstairs bathroom has a bath / shower and there is a washing machine and laundry line for drying clothes. The rustic stone foundation basement has two large freezers for extra food storage, and there is extra space in the summer kitchen and fire-wood shed for bikes and other storage.
At other times, our house (the "Jungalo") will be available! We have a tower suite that easily sleeps two adults and could also fit two children or young people (so four people maximum). (The bottom floor is a bedroom / music room for our boys, so not part of the work-away accommodations). The second floor of the tower has a bed, closet, pull-out couch, kitchenette and full bathroom, the top floor is a bedroom with lovely views and a deck.
There may be other guest rooms available at the two other permanent family homes at the Farm... We can sometimes offer space in the "Pod", or "Leslie's Cabin" guest houses, which have no electricity or water. The "Pod" is larger and nicely finished, with a sink and water jugs for small-scale washing up, a loft and table and chairs. It sleeps two adults and older children in the loft who can climb ladders. "Leslie's Cabin" is a "tiny house", a five minute walk from the Farmhouse; it sits near a pond with surrounding trees. It has a mini-loft, a tiny table and chairs beside south facing windows. "Leslie's Cabin" is suitable for a few people who appreciate the simplest of pleasures and a moment of rustic beauty. There is also the possibility of field or forest camping or camping inside the barn, which has been done many times in the past!
We can help you drive places as there are more than three vehicles at the Farm at any time, but we recommend you bring a vehicle or bicycles for more personal freedom to see the area. Scooters or other small vehicles would also be welcome as we have plenty of parking and storage space. We have a laser boat and hobie-catamaran for those interested in sailing, plus a larger sail boat that is being worked on, but not sea-worthy yet.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week