Co-operative permaculture farm experience in Sooke, on Canada's west coast

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  • Description

    Description

    This is a multi-family co-operative permaculture farm in Sooke. We are developing the farm following the principles of Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We offer the unique experience of temporarily joining a small, intentional egalitarian community, akin to a tiny ecovillage. We will happily share our learning about:
    - permaculture farming
    - raising ethical meat
    - unschooling, home learning, and life-long learning
    - co-operative structure
    - group dynamics and collaborative decision-making
    - herbal lore, plant medicine, and living with the natural rhythms of the seasons
    - expand your cooking skills, especially with whole foods, traditional diets, and slow food
    - hunting and fishing, including archery (though we are still learning!)
    - many languages: English & French; some ASL, Spanish, Ukrainian, Japanese

  • Help

    Help

    If you're planning for travel in SUMMER of 2019, we'd be happy to hear from you.

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    Ongoing work includes care of animals (chickens, rabbits, pigs, sheep), helping in the perennial food forest, assisting with the kitchen garden, and sharing learning adventures with kids (four children, aged 9-13).

    No matter your skill or interest, there's sure to be a good fit for you — so let us know what appeals to you most, whether that's a skill and experience you bring or a passion for learning more about a particular homesteading area of interest

    Other projects or tasks that may be requested, and learning opportunities we can offer include:
    - earthworks, building landscape according to permaculture design principles
    - planting trees, irrigating, and managing compost and soil amendments
    - caring for farm animals such as chickens, pigs, rabbits, sheep
    - mowing with a scythe, ploughing with pigs, and other traditional manual farm skills
    - building tiny homes and natural construction buildings, especially using timer framing techniques and natural building materials
    - developing marketing materials and engaging in community art projects to support education around resilience and sustainable living
    - assisting with Food LOOP food waste reclamation project
    - helping with weekly farm gate sales (farm stand)
    - childminding, adventuring, or skill sharing with children aged 9 to 13
    - general maintenance and farm labour in the food forest, orchard, kitchen garden, or pasture
    - helping with tree management including felling trees, planting watering saplings and transplants, pruning, and chipping
    - participating in board games, playing outdoors, and sharing in DIY and Geek Culture with farmers
    - exploring music playfully, especially ukulele, guitar, hand drums, and voice

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Bilingual in English & French + learning Spanish, ASL, Japanese, Ukrainian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Our accommodations are rustic. Solar and heated outdoor showers are available and there is a river next to our farm property. Composting toilets are available on-site. Public and private showers are available off-site at the local community recreation centre (SEAPARC), a short walk away.

    > Workawayers visiting over the summer months may be housed in a yurt or a "Boler" camper (see below), depending on availability

    > Workawayers visiting in September, October, and November will be housed in a small (17-foot) private "Boler" camper trailer, suitable for single individuals or intimate relations (up to 4).

    > Workawayers visiting in December to April will be housed in a smaller (13-foot) private "Boler" camper trailer, suitable for single individuals.

    > Tent camping is available for short periods of time if we have many on-site guests. You will be asked if this is acceptable to you — never placed in a tent without advance notice!

    + Meals are provided; please inform us of any special dietary requirements in advance.
    + We serve an omnivore menu centred around ethical meat with some vegetarian options; full-time vegetarians may need to supplement their own meals and will have full access to our well-stocked kitchen.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    + Queer and trans-positive... LGBTQQI+
    + Kid-friendly and breast-feeding /chest-feeding safe
    + Omnivore menu centred around ethical meat with some vegetarian options; full-time vegetarians may need to supplement their meals
    + Public transit accessible; $5 day pass grants access to the entire region
    + Bike-accessible via the Galloping Goose Trail
    + 40 km to Victoria or 5 km to Sooke’s main core

    + Local attractions include: Sooke Potholes, ocean beaches and surfing, hiking trails for day hikes and extended hikes, City of Victoria, whale watching, award-winning breweries (Sooke Oceanside Brewing and Sooke Brewing) and distillery (Sheringham Point Distillery), temperate rainforest hikes, fishing, many fine arts and performance arts events, fabulous independent local coffee shop (The Stick in the Mud) and bakery cafes (Little Vienna and Shirley Delicious)

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • 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














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