Help on our small homestead near Ottawa, Canada

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Canada

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    12/05/2021

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We have a small homestead (~40 acres) with many different animals (horses, cows, poultry, bees plus a dog and a cat). There are perennial gardens, as well as fruit trees and fields. There is always lots of work with the animals and the gardens, as well as processing wood for the furnace that heats the house in the winter.
    We try to use organic and ecologically friendly practices whenever possible and to keep chemical usage to a minimum.
    A lot of the food we eat is grown by ourselves.
    The farm is very close to Ottawa (45 minutes) as well as to Quebec and the US border (approximately 2 hours), thus offering a lot of opportunities to explore and vacation as part of your volunteering visit.
    We are always excited to get new volunteers, but would prefer someone 19 years or older.
    Note also that we usually only commit to people approximately 4-6 weeks in advance, especially during the summer, since many of our projects are weather dependent and decided only shortly in advance.
    Our minimum stay is 2 weeks, although we (and the animals) prefer 3 weeks.

    IMPORTANT:
    Please note that we are not set up to provide a strict vegetarian diet, although we do eat meatless meals occasionally. While we can fully understand that some people do not want factory-farmed meat (we don't want it either - that is why we farm), we believe that a healthy soil-food-web requires grazing animals and as such, some of our animals are raised for meat. If you come to us, we expect that you will eat whatever the farm has to offer.

    SHORT TERM STAYS:
    Sometimes people inquire about staying only for a few days. If you are someone with special skills (carpentry, masonry, expert gardener, chainsaw license or equivalent, etc.) that are relevant to one of our current projects, where you could really help us make a difference in a few days, we may make an exception to our regular minimum stay policy for you.
    Other than that, we are really not setup for short term stays, as they represent quite a bit of work and upheaval for us.
    If you think you may qualify for a short-term stay, please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss! :-)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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

    You will learn about living on a small homestead, using permaculture principles, in a multi-cultural family with backgrounds from Europe and South America, where we speak English, German and Spanish. You'll be close to Canada's capital, which offers many cultural attractions and also close to Quebec with its own unique culture in Canada.

  • Help

    Help

    In 2019, we will have many building related projects (building some shelters for the animals and complete a machine shed) so carpentry skills will be very valuable.
    There is always ample opportunity to work outside in the gardens and with the animals.
    If you are an experienced rider and are accustomed to working with horses, then there is also the opportunity to help with training our young mare.
    Help with cooking and housekeeping is always appreciated as well!

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    In a guest room in our house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our visitors are always treated like they are family - you'll be living with us and we'll usually have meals together.
    If you have an international or Canadian Driver's license, have driven for 4 years or more and are over 21, then we can also lend you our car occasionally. Otherwise we can take you to the bus stop etc., so you can take public transportation for your outings.
    Please note that we are not set up to provide a strict vegetarian diet, although we do eat meatless meals occasionally. While we can fully understand that some people do not want factory-farmed meat (we don't want it either), some of our animals are raised for meat and that's where most of our protein comes from.

  • 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

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