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UPDATE with Regards to the Covid 19 PANDAMIC
Hi all, we are now hosting workaway helpers who have had both their vaccination shots for Covid 19.
Bob and Michelle
WHO WE ARE
We are a retired professional couple welcoming Work-away helpers as singles or a couple to our property. We're in the process of integrating permaculture design principles and ethics on our property. Eventually we would like to turn our Farm into a place of Learning. Bob still currently works occasionally in education.
The property is 76 acres of mixed woods and fields with trails throughout.
We have lots of trail maintenance for the sugar bush, maple syrup production in the spring, Chickens for eggs, organic gardens with Hugel-kultur beds. We would like our helpers to weed, cultivate, mill logs with bandsaw mill, build new structures (Natural Building) cook some meals and trim trees. Depending on the time of year harvesting of crops may be included. We invite Work-away helpers of any age or experience but some building skills are especially appreciated. We are interested in anyone who has any background in architecture especially natural building. But all are welcome. Some of the new projects may include: outdoor kitchen, small retreat/cabins in the woods and timberframe workshop (2021/2022)
What we do: Permaculture, Mushroom Logs (Shiitake), Greenhouse, Maple Syrup, Preserves, Fermentation, Fruit trees and Bushes, Seed Saving with local organization(KASSI), Organic gardens, mulching, composting and compost tea.
Volunteers please bring plenty of old, warm working clothes. This is Canada expect a variety of weather, Waterproof clothing are invaluable as we work out in all weather. Quality outdoor footwear are essential. Working gloves, water bottles and flashlights are useful. Bring all your own toiletries, sun cream, toothpaste etc.
We prefer a minimum of 2 to 4 week stay with a possibility for even longer stay but are willing to consider other options.
Work 25 hours a week both indoors and out in exchange for accommodation and 3 meals daily. You need to provide your own work clothes, work gloves and boots. If you have your own computer as there is Wifi , but no TV.
Work-away helpers should have there own health or travel insurance before they come.
The Historic City of Kingston is centralized between our capital of Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. We live 20 minutes North of Kingston and offers a variety of sites to see. There is no public transportation from our home. Rides into town can be arranged. We will pick you up at the Kingston VIA rail or bus station.
During summer we try to brake work between the morning and the evening, we do not go out in the very hot part of the day.
We hope to hear from you and welcome you to our small homestead
We would like to meet you via a form of video conference any Workaway Helpers previous to their commitment to come here.
Looking forward to hearing from you
Bob and Michelle
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Helpers may learn many various things, such as; natural building, permaculture techniques, Maple Syrup production, tree planting, seed saving and gardening.
Please keep in mind this is also a cultural exchange as well as worktrade. We are happy to learn about you and your families as well as your travels.
Help with Gardens (Planting/Harvesting), Trail Maintenance, Eco Projects there is a possibility of a workshop in Pallet construction. We expect all workaways to help with all meals, and some light housekeeping chores as necessary.
On our property we strive to build one eco-project per season. We intend to build, barn structure and outdoor kitchen using natural building techniques.
Bob is a Certified Permaculture Designer and Educator.
The property is being designed with Permaculture in mind and currently we are putting in a nursery of fruit and nut trees, bushes and shrubs. Some work will be quite physical. Weeding, cultivating plants, stacking wood and using tools and equipment.
Workaway help should have good initiative and work ethics and be self-starters.
Workaway help should come prepared for inclement weather such as rain, snow or mud depending on the season.
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.
We offer; Shared or Private room with Bunks in our home. Internet access, Hot showers. Our home is a Log house structure with all modern conveniences on 76 acres outside a small village. We are near Kingston, Ontario, Canada
We accept travellers with tents or their own accommodation (Camper Van)
Work-away helpers can email for times we have available during the months of March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Maple Syrup Season 2022 - This is our most popular position for work-a-way helpers and we take only 2 helpers (usually a couple) at this time. Please book early if you are looking for this experience.
WE NOW HAVE ONE (1) LONG TERM INTERN VOLUNTEER POSITION AVAILABLE STARTING IN MAY/JUNE 2022THIS WILL BE for 3 TO 4 MONTHS. The Intern will be working mostly with the Agro-Forestry Permaculture Project which includes; Greenhouse, tree/shrub planting, alley cropping, tree nursery care as well as some construction projects. To apply for this position please email early in Jan 2022. Students who are using this for a University credit are welcome.
Please email if interested in this opportunity to learn more about Permaculture and sustainable living.
All workaways must have travel insurance with them.
Please feel free to email for availability or cancellation alerts
Please keep in mind that this is a volunteer position and for entry into Canada you must meet a certain criteria (TOURISM AND VISITING FIRST). Please read all entry requirements for Canada by visiting the Canadian Immigration Website . Please be aware that we DO NOT write letters of invitation. All travel documents (ETA, Visa, etc) are the responsibility of the traveler. Please be aware of restrictions due to Covid 19 and follow the guidelines.
Thank you and safe travels
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
We expect 25 hours a week
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