Have fun working toward a paradise learning permaculture, biodynamics, pond building in British Columbia, Canada...



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    Thanks to the great help of Workawayers now I have to rewrite our profile. We've increased the arability of our 5 acres. Now the creek running thru our property has a completed natural swimming pond. Our greenhouse is up and almost running. We've made great headway on our root cellar, but still have a good ways to go. Now the ground is frozen and snowed over, but we have other projects and basic stuff like getting firewood from the forest, taking down dead trees, bucking them up and getting them into the truck. Hard work yes, but rewarding to reduce fire risk, practicing forest management.
    We'd still like to increase our garden space. Merging the two gardens thru the more fertile creekbed would be nice, but that's a huge undertaking. We'll just keep sheet mulching our way. We also have chickens we greatly benefit from so we work on making them happy. We have many other birds here, so making and hanging bird and bat houses is another priority. We're also converting an outbuilding for accommodating workawyers. Now we have a guest room inside our house for guests thru winter. This property has great potential, but will take much help to realize. We have gardening experience to share, but never had such vast space to farm. Help would lift off the weight and the overwhelm we're now feeling.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Art Projects

  • 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
  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Aside from the never ending work of gardening, our fruit trees also need the grass removed thru sheet mulching at least to their drip line to plant companions. We got a load of clay before discovering a deposits of clay near the creek that runs thru the property. We'd like to build a flowform fountain as used in biodynamics, an outdoor oven, a sauna/steam lodge, composting toilets and outdoor shower stalls. In the lower part of the property the trees near the creek need attention, pruning the dead parts away, amending their soil. I'm an instructor of Taijiquan and qigong. I'd be happy to teach taiji, qigong and it's associated meditation techniques as part exchange for work. Having just moved in 7 months ago we're still in the creative process of designing our farm. So your visionary input is welcome too.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    Different syntactical structures help brain development or repair in elderly like myself.

  • Accommodation


    We have a spare room in the house or great tenting areas on the property, depending on the weather and preferences of the guest worker.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This region is a recreational paradise to enjoy in your off-time. Now we're in a winter wonderland with world class skiing/snowboarding just an hour drive away. Nearby we have an outdoor skating rink and a very popular rail trail along the Slocan River for nordic skiing. In Summer the Slocan River is my favorite for swimming, innertubing, canoeing -- that equipment we have. Up stream is Slocan Lake and Valhalla Park with amazing hiking and mountaineering. We're about a kilometre walk from Winlaw with a healthfood store, 2 great restaurants, a bookstore, minimart etc.

  • 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

    4 to 5 hours per day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 589697736789