I operate a small/medium farm on Texada, and it keeps me pretty busy. I'm not organic but use organic methods when possible. I moved here fall 2018 from a previous farm and still have many projects to do. I do have a job off the farm, so i'm not on the farm 24/7. I would love to find someone responsible/reliable enough to allow me to leave the farm for school and visiting family. I am recovering from an injury this winter and am behind on many outdoor projects. I need people who see the vision and will work with me to attain it. I will work longer hours than you...I don’t expect you to keep working. If you can cook, let me know and I’m happy to hand over the kitchen so I can tackle more projects.
In July/August I have fencing and haying projects I’m working on. Possibly some small building projects.
I have one month of School off island in September and am looking for a VERY reliable person to watch the farm during the weekdays for the month of September. Paid by the day for this job with bonus for finishing the job.
October I will have a barn project and can use an experienced carpenter.
I have a room in the house available or a rustic bunk house style room in the old cottage. Prefer longer stays due to training that needs to happen.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
You will learn small/medium scale farm techniques. I have many stories of farming and also of working on ships. I am happy to teach engaged workers skills necessary to start a new farm. I have worked with previous farm worker programs and enjoy helping people learn english and teaching the skills needed for small scale farming.
I am also very musical and sing and play guitar, there can be many nights of sitting around playing/singing/having a good time. I have a small recording studio which we may be able to use in down time.
I operate an active mixed farm with sheep, pigs, geese, ducks, turkeys and horses. Much of the farm is old and looking for people interested in animal husbandry in addition to people interested in history restoration/preservation as well as new builds. Minimum stay is 2 weeks, would prefer longer but short may work depending on projects. For a farm stay, I need someone mature and engaged who listens to instruction well. For building there are many options for work being done including restoration of old buildings, new outbuildings, fencing. For gardening, there is a house garden as well as a large winter garden for storage vegetables for the livestock through the winter. There will also be a very active hay season and then fruit harvest on the farm where workers who appreciate hard physical work will be appreciated. Though not necessary, I would love to find some longer term visitors who can farm-stay for some school time I need to do away this year.
I have an old farm house with the middle section of the house segregated as a sleeping cottage. Water/laundry/ washroom/cooking is shared in the main house. I can't cook every meal, but the ones I can are shared. I will provide regular food but no specialty foods. All meals include meat/dairy/eggs as this is a working farm where we take pride in eating what we grow/raise/produce.
There is no smoking on the farm or in accommodations.
Texada Island is full of history and things to do and see. Activities can include mountain biking, hiking, beach-combing, horse riding...we have flora and fauna unique to BC/Canada and this is an amazing place to live, work and stay. We have mountains, amazing trails and forestry lands, and many, many beaches.
Powell River is the nearest city, and has an amazing network of trails and lakes in the coastal mountains nearby.
Access to Texada is either by plane or by ferry.
Ferry routes can come 4 ways ways - via sunshine coast out of Horseshoe bay through to Powell River, via Nanaimo out of Horseshoe bay ferry (Vancouver) then drive to Comox, via Tsawassen to Duke point (Nanaimo) then drive to Comox, or via Tsawassen to Victoria then drive to Comox.
Planes can come 3 ways - into Powell River, into Comox then short cab ride to Little River Ferry Terminial to Powell River, direct to Texada from North Terminal Vancouver or Parksville.
I can pick up people at Texada ferry terminal and possibly further depending on the day/time of arrival.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
4-5 hours a day