Help at our farm, an organic permaculture farm in Eastern Ontario, Canada

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 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    We are a semi 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 whit an aim towards sustainable practices. Bob is a Certified Permaculture Designer currently works occasionally in education.
    The property is 76 acres of mixed woods and fields with trails throughout.
    We have trail maintenance, maple syrup production, chickens for eggs, organic gardens. 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. Some of the new projects may include: small retreat/cabin in the woods and timber frame workshop (2023/2024). Sewing projects on rainy days and during winter.

    What we do: Permaculture, Mushroom Logs (Shiitake), Greenhouse, Maple Syrup, Preserves, , Fruit trees and Bushes, Seed Saving , Organic gardens, mulching, composting, compost tea and volunteer with Loving Spoonful a local non-profit organization whose goals are food security and sovereignty.

    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, insect repellent, toothpaste etc.

    Work 25 hours a week both indoors and out in exchange for accommodation and 3 meals per day. Helpers share in the cooking, dishes and other household chores that a person would regularly do as part of daily living. It is expected that volunteers are able to be neat, as this is a place that functions as our home.

    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 take a brake 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

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    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.

    We have evening bonfires at times, play cards and board games and are happy when helpers join in with us.

  • Help


    Some tasks will be quite physical. Weeding, cultivating plants, stacking wood and using tools and equipment.

    Workawayers should have good initiative and work ethics and be self-starters.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: 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


    Helpers will be lodged in our home in single or shared accommodation.
    We accept travellers with tents or their own accommodation (Camper Van)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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 2023 - This is our most popular position for work-a-way helpers and we take only 2 helpers at this time. Please book early if you are looking for this experience.

    All workaways must have travel insurance with them.

    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.

    Thank you and safe travels

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    We expect 25 hours a week

Host ref number: 534539126739

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