I'm Julien, a passionnate homesteader from Ste-Françoise-de-Lotbinière, Quebec, Canada
I own 1 acre and rent another 2 acres of field on which I'm producing organic vegetables, fine herbs, medicinal plants, edible perennials, fruit trees, mushrooms, laying hens and permaculture nursery. I have a greenhouse and chicken tractor. I want to be self-sufficient as much as possible
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
I live with my father in a large recent home. We are surround by forest and a bit of large fields, at the end of a country road, so it is very calm here
We moved in June 2017, so the project is pretty new... it is very exciting to figure out the following steps
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
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
The project is pretty new, so you'll have the opportunity to see the progression and give good ideas to influence it. I'm not an old farmer with rigid habits. So, I'm very open to relevant ideas on how to manage my project
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
- taking care of the layering hens
- foraging wild edible plants and mushrooms
- build simple structures
- painting the chicken tractor
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 double mattress in a room upstairs or in the basement, or outside in a very large tent under large trees protected from rain by a tarp
We eat very well here. People really appreciate the quality and diversity of food we have. 95% organic food, mostly vegetarian with our own 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 real beach 20 minutes away
I love playing soccer and ultimate frisbee
You can borrow bicycles to go around on the country road
The closest cities are 40-60 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