Bio-diverse, permaculture farm in Quebec's spectacular Eastern Townships inviting volunteers for an educational experience, Canada



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  • Description


    We are a small homestead in rural Québec, growing veggies and fruits in a permaculture spirit. We are a micro-farm located in the beautiful rolling hills of Dunham. Our 14 acres include a mixed forest, vegetable and herb garden, greenhouse, swimming pond and trampoline, as well as an edible forest garden. Preparing sourdough bread, kombucha, yoghurt, and various preserves is part of our regular routine for our own consumption.

    Our primary aim is to support each other in our spiritual development. We are a hopeful, imaginative and empowering response to modern socio-ecological challenges. Our farm is a site of ongoing holistic enquiry, with the aim to live mindfully, compassionately, ethically, resourcefully, creatively, and simply. We share a common worldview based on the belief that all living beings are interconnected and have intrinsic worth; that respect, kindness, generosity and friendship are cherished values to be practised; and that cultivating awareness and equanimity is essential for harmonious living. Informed by our continuous personal effort at observing our mental, vocal, and physical expressions, we take responsibility for our actions and strive to reach our fullest human potentials.

    Here are the guiding principles of our life here.

    Five Precepts

    Five ethical guidelines for harmonious living form the bedrock of our community. To assist us in maintaining high standards of personal integrity, we strive to refrain from harming living beings, taking what is not given, sexual misconduct, speaking falsely, and consuming intoxicants.


    We are committed to clear, honest, considerate and positive communication in our daily interactions, and are willing to invest ourselves to amicably resolve any conflicts as they arise. Listening deeply to others, practising humility, and appreciating the rich multiplicity of perspectives is the heart of our relationships.

    Meditation Practice

    While there are no obligations to have a formal and regular practice, it is encouraged to do so either individually or as a group. It is through intentional and sustained practice that we come to understand, appreciate, and commit to the vision outlined above.

    Community Work & Decision Making

    Adults are expected to participate in various activities such as consensus-based meetings, cooking, cleaning, child-care, gardening, construction/renovation, and so forth. A cooperative attitude is the fuel for a smooth functioning community.

    Food All food we grow and purchase is vegetarian, and as much local and organic as possible within reason.


    We are mindful of our consumption patterns and attempt to minimize our ecological footprints by reducing, re-using, and recycling.

    Even though the work day is over, helpers are expected to contribute to the cleanliness of the communal spaces i.e.: living room, kitchen & bathroom.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • 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

    We eat all meals together and work in the garden or on contruction projects together.

  • Help


    Helpers will experience all the steps necessary to growing a succesful garden: establishing and following a calendar, seeding and caring for seedlings, greenhouse cultures, bed preparation, transplanting, irrigation, season extension, identifying pests and disease, weeding, etc.

    As well as food transformation as a part of homesteading: kombucha, bread, tomato sauce, pesto, jam, sauerkraut, kimchi, hot sauce, freezing berries, etc.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    A-frame cabin, and two large bell-tents, all with proper mattresses. The cabin and one of the tents have electricity. We eat all meals together.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The Eastern Townships are a beautiful place to visit. Stunning landscapes with great hikes, a thriving art community and many cultural activities.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 544959279368