10 acre mountianside farm on Vancouver island BC, Canada

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 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description


    We are new to workaway
    We require regular assistance of up to 4-5 hours daily throughout week the rest of the time is your own . Time commit may vary depending on time of year and if weather conditions permit /available labour/ project time lines/etc. Your time off is what ever days you desire we encourage our guest to explore the island.
    We are ultimately trying to achieve educational models to demonstrate living completely off grid living with low cost ,zero carbon imprint housing and self sustaining food production that is self watering/ collection systems. If this sounds like a situation that you would be interested in ,, share your thoughts, skills, designs ideas or learn new ones while here. .
    We are presently looking for lots of casual helpers interested in learning about canadian lifestyle
    specific talents we woul dlike to find
    welders that can weld light metal 18-22 gauge vehicle thickness
    Biolermakers that can think out side the box for completion of solar water interior heating system with wood stove attached
    electrician or engineer able to read schematics
    starting in MAy -October we are looking for 1-7 people to help out on farm for landscaping , planting ,gardening , painting and help with building renovations and daily routine .
    *About Us*

    My wife is a retired paramedic working on gulf island of Salt spring /formerly operated first west coast kayak rental  service, 12 years highballing tree planter, firefighter , avid gardener , with wealth of knowledge on  local plants  and their uses an generally. A very kind loving person that yells at her husband a lot but adores him .

    My wife is  in need of helping hand  as she suffers daily from  extreme form of arthritis. Shadowing her as she feeds  the chickens or tends the gardens is a wise choice. Presently  she works part time for the Salvation Army assisting the homeless while I take care of the farm trying to reduce our carbon imprint and  produce enough food to feed ourselves and the  wildlife around  us .

    Alx a jack of all trades, mechanic, carpenter, welder, contractor, marine mechanic, marketing strategist, salesman, mad scientist / horticulturist that is developing our farm with assistance of others. That we love to show beautiful Vancouver island .

    We are ultimately trying to achieve  living completely off grid living with minimum cost, zero carbon imprint housing and self sustaining food production that is  self watering/ collection systems with minimal labour. 70% achieved . We have solar electric panels  and  have converted house to in floor solar heating .

    We fill our environment with energetic enthusiastic individuals with desire to make a difference, effect change to our planet and desire to learn new things. 

    If this sounds like a situation that you would be interested in, share your thoughts, skills, designs ideas or learn new ones while here. If you have a special interest or talents please let us know ahead of time. 

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • 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

    On our farm you will get a authentic Canadian culture
    we do everything ourself to be completely selfsustainable,
    we treat each of our guest like a family member and try to showcase our beautiful province showing the cheapest most amazingly beautiful locations to visit on the island .
    catherine is aamazing cooking often baking items fresh daily and always curious about new recipes .
    what ever the adventure Alx has picked for the day he will probably take you along whether on the farm or off .we have avariety of project that change daily and weekly so ther eis lots to learn during your stay
    we are non smokers but 420 friendly
    we also grow garlic ,lavender, and all or our own food on farm

  • Help


    We have a 10 acre farm and fill it with caring individuals with a vision  for the future of self sustainability /reducing our carbon imprint and learning new skills while sharing our cultures.

    We believe "The quality of ones life can be measured in the good we do for others" .  WE wish to make a difference in the world we live in. We encourage others to follow  similar path to being concerned about the environment of  our planet  as a whole and not afraid to stand up for your beliefs while remaining open to  opinions  from others. We are open minded non judgmental individuals , open to singles and couples of all sex  and sexual orientation from all nations .  
    We are social ./environmental,/ political/ activist an have no plans on changing our  attempts to educate on the injustices in our world.
    We are in need of assistance, with  a variety of  projects on 10 acres to complete farm infrastructure to be self sustainable .
    We are NOT a commercial enterprise. We are trying to lower our carbon imprint and to be completely off the grid by growing  organic food and self supporting energy  system . covering up to 80% of our needs All material used in our projects  are recycled often created by hand from raw materials. we presently ar elooking for experienced welder and metal fabricator for two canadian heritage restoration projects on our farm .


    We are a non cigarette smoking facilities this includes vaping but we are .420 friendly.


    Our meals are healthy portioned well balanced home cooked meals provided daily with preserves and year round vegetable garden, fresh chicken /duck  eggs, while you are woofing with us. we are not set up for vegan diets . Omnivores only  

    *Things to do in the area*

    We encourage our  guest to travel the island while visiting  and we  treat all like family  members sharing meals ,and recreational time.

    We have  bicycles for you to use during your stay  and  local public transit is  a 5 minute walk from our farm   We are located 10 minutes from Duncan, Crofton, Chemainus, with  canoe/kayaking  within walking distance.  Seasonal waterfalls a short hike up mountain side of  property. Three rivers are within hiking or bicycling distance of farm.

    If you require transportation to other towns to view the beauty of British Columbia we will often drive you to preferred  location for cost of fuel to get there .  

    *Length of Stay*

    Guest stay various lengths of time often 3 -4 weeks  to 3-4 months  some longer if involved  in special projects  or just enjoying each others  company. We ask that you stay a minimum of 3 weeks if you have special skill to help on farm requiring little to no training if you lack experience an come to here to gain some then you ask you stay longer so we can all get maximum benefit from time on farm
    Some that have  stayed here for  several months  while  exploring the rest of the island and each year we get several  guest that return to farm each year  after becoming familiar with life  here and  part of our extended  family .

    *Days Off*

    All persons must take days off  now  regardless of if  they  they want to or not" no exceptions.  You may also take multile days if requested, just let us know in advance then take as many as you like.  If you decide to leave to tour the area on your days off,  we do not supply meals while you are off the farm .We personally enjoy lifestyle an do not watch a clock waiting for day off. If we need a break or change .We take it, Life is to short be doing something you do not enjoy .


    - Our core goal is  to be self sustaining as we support local community food services for the less fortunate in need of nourishing year round fresh garden supplements .

    - Artist- ,design and create willow labyrinth on existing grove on property 
    - paint several  recycled  empty fiberglass water filter cans 4 feet high    as minions 

    -Mechanics -many vehicles in need of minor repairs or restoring on property I have fully equipped shop to do repairs in but am not physically  able to complete. Most cars are simple old classic vehicles in need of restoring or repair, aspiring mechanics I can show how to do this ,

    -Engineers - got an idea  you wish to develop , to make a off grid micro hydro systems using a  pelton wheel we have material an  stream flowing at 400 gpm in winter months
    - installing existing solar water heaters ,
    - alternative building projects: cordwood  stackwall  stonework .

    - We have materials and component here for many projects  just not enough hours in a day  to do it all . 
    *Hours per day*

    We require regular assistance daily. Time commitment may vary depending on time of year and if weather conditions permit /available labour / project timelines/etc. This is a lifestyle not a job at Mcdonalds restaurant .

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation



    Our facilities  have variety of option depending on When you arrive. How long you stay . How many people are here during your stay .
    We have Co-ed or Private guest rooms or you can camp under the stars on our mountainside ,
    Stay in one of our guest houses or caravans an campers .
    We also have separate housing facilities to isolate for two weeks upon your arrival if under quarantine . We can accommodate up to 10 people at one time . We suggest you bring a sleeping bag but we also have lots of bedding to keep you warm at night . Bathroom facilities are shared by all sexes.
    Facilities include, wireless internet, hiking trails, fresh clean water for drinking, excellent  food with lots of baked goods daily.

    The environment is pleasant with lots of wildlife in abundance and fresh mountain air, year round vegetable garden, fresh chicken eggs, healthy well balanced meals provided .We do not do junk food nor provides junk snacks. We have guest room, camping area, on site camper trailers, on our 10 acre estate/farm in Westholme located between Chemainus Crofton and Duncan. access to all property. WE are open minded no judgmental individuals , open to singles and couples of all sex ’s and sexual orientation .We are caring individuals with land and a vision for the future , In need of assistance, with variety of projects to complete estate infrastructure to be completely off the grid, organic self supporting system .
    We are a non smoking facilities but if you need to ,you may smoke on grounds away from buildings .420 friendly.
    Facilities include , wireless internet ,big screen TV ,hiking trails, hot tub, fresh clean water for drinking .10 minutes from Duncan , bus is 2km away ,
    we have several rooms in main house , seperate guest houses , caravans and have even have individuals tent camping if we have a over flow in summer months . Accommadations vary depending on when you come ,how long you stay and how many others are here when you arrive

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are presently looking for welders that can mig or tig or braze weld 18-22 gauge metal .
    we also are loooing fo rindividuals with experience in electrical or electronics to help complete a intricate haeting system controls and interpet schematics for farm vehicles and classics
    Chores are diverse so you should be physically fit able to work on your own with little instruction ,
    we are good teachers, limited by our personal physical and time limitations to make this a more comfortable functional off grid environmentally friendly farming space for all.
    activities in area are all within walking distance or public transport

  • 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

    we have wifi

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    parking on farm , / we have many options for housing including bedroooms in main house or guest house /trailers/ outdoor camping

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    seasonally varied, max 25 hrs a week

Host ref number: 485281978233

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