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I'm Julien, a passionnate homesteader from Frelighsburg, Quebec, Canada
I have a large garden on which I'm producing organic vegetables, fine herbs, medicinal plants, edible perennials, seed saving.
I'm doing a lot of food processing with local ingredients and wild flavors, like maple syrup-bear fermented mustard, lacto-fermented relish and pickles, garlic scape pesto, salsa verde, balsam fir infused honey, wintergreen apple jelly, etc. I'm very creative in the kitchen !
I also do wild foraging of medicinal plants, edible mushrooms and aromatic plants like coniferous shoots, Labrador Tea, etc
We are surround by a huge forest, so it is very calm here and beautiful
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
You could learn French with me or practice your English
I've started woofing 8 years ago, so I've worked on different organic farms. I have been nomadic without car, apartment, mobile for 5 years, traveling on hitchhiking all around Quebec with my backpack, until 3 years ago. So, I'll probably understand what you live and so, I definitely want to give you a good experience and make sure you feel at home
I'm very passionate about what I do and know. So, I'd loved to discuss and share what I know and hear your ideas and experiences. I've learned by myself a lot, experimented a lot, have a tons of hands-on/permaculture books, so you'll learn a lot of stuff with me. That being said, I'm not a 20 years experienced farmer neither, so don't expect that
***I'm specifically looking for help at those periods :
- June 14th to 24th in Frelighsburg : harvest of wild plants, then rolling to make local TEAS (this is my speciality !) + pesto production
- July 1st to 26th in St-Andre-de-Kamouraska : harvest of wild plants, then rolling to make local TEAS; In a wood camp setup, near the wonderful St Lawrence river
- September 19th to October 18th in Frelighsburg : harvest in the garden and processing (canning, lacto-fermentation, drying, etc)***
I have a LOT of different projects, so this is very good for you. This means the help I need is very diversified, compare to larger farms.
Depending on the season you'll come, tasks will look like :
- sow, transplant, water, weed, harvest vegetables and herbs in the gardens
- food process : clean, cut vegetables, pots, clean dishes
- clean homegrown seeds / seed saving
- cooking meals for the farm helpers
- foraging wild edible plants
- build simple structures
- painting the trailer
I'm looking for people really motivated to learn and work about self-sufficiency, organic gardening, permaculture. No experience is needed, although it is an asset.
This host offers a language exchange
I can learn some French basics, through work and meal sharing for example.
You'll have the choice to sleep on a futon in a bedroom, or outside in a very large tent under large trees
We eat very well here. People really appreciate the quality and diversity of food we have. 95% organic food, mostly vegetarian with organic eggs and a bit of meat. With a lot of fresh veggies, lacto-fermentation, homemade alcohols, wild food, unique flavors. The food can be 100% vegan and gluten free if needed. I like to minimize my wheat and dairy consumption
There are kilometers of tracks to walk in nearby public forests where you could forage plants and mushrooms.
I have tons of permaculture-related books you could read
We can go to a river 3 minutes away in car
I love playing soccer and ultimate frisbee
You can borrow bicycles to go around on the country road
The closest cities are 20-40 minutes away
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
5 hours a day, 5 days a week