Quiet and simple gardening experience, looking for helpers in Hornby, BC, Canada



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    My name is Kees (pronounced Case),
    I have been living on beautiful Hornby island for the past 18 years, a long way from Holland where i was born.
    I would like to welcome helpers to share the abundance and growth that comes from gardening and simple farm life. I share this land with a few other families, spread out on 40 acres, with lots of privacy. I sometimes have friends and neighbours that come to garden and participate, which makes the garden more of a community project, open to input and creativity. We have three big gardens that need to be looked after, watered, weeded and harvested.

    Summers can be hot and dry, but sometimes a bit rainy too, so come prepared for any weather.
    We are very concerned about wildfires and preventing them as the island has been very dry and droughts are now common, so we try to conserve water as much as possible and to prevent any potential source of flames, so we ask you not to smoke on the land if you do.
    Our garden is organic, and a mix of hobby and work, for some it is an art project. The Ideal helper is passionate about gardening and plants, is a self starter, and wants to learn, or share their knowledge. We hold a very organic approach to farming, and don't always consider weeds to be our enemies. Some of us are fans of the Fukuoka method, we have much to learn still.
    While here, I will provide the food you need, but most meals will be your own to make. You are free to set your own schedule, but best to get up early since it can get quite hot.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Elderly Companionship
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house

  • 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

    I offer a simple lifestyle, in a quiet and peaceful environment. Come spend time on beautiful Hornby island, discover the community, it's beaches and forests.
    The space we offer is great for meditators, introvert, artists and also musicians. We have an old piano, it's a bit out of tune though, but you are welcome to play it.

  • Help


    Looking for help in the garden right now, mostly weeding, watering and garden bed preparation, later on harvesting, preserving and enjoying.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    The house is very 'rustic' and a bit funky, no bathroom but the is an outhouse in the garden. You will have a simple room to yourself, we can provide blankets and sheets, but you can bring a sleeping bag if you prefer. If you enjoy camping, then there is lots of space, but you will have to bring your own gear. We do have electricity, a kitchen and hot water, but no shower. We would like to build an outdoor shower soon, but in the summer, we use shower bags (or jump in the pond!).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    On Hornby, if you don't have a vehicle, then hitchiking is pretty safe and common. There is a bike you can use as well, the island is small enough to get around.
    Getting to Hornby from Buckley Bay, you might have to ask for rides on the ferry, don't be shy. We can pick you up from the Co-op if you get a ride there, or from the Hornby side ferry if you would like.

  • 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 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Upstairs private room. Could be yours!
Kees eating bread, as usual.
Host ref number: 548418262678