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Kirsten and Shawn have recently purchased 50 acres of land 20 min from Truro Nova Scotia to begin their dream of creating a vegetable market garden while giving back to the land. Kirsten grew up in British Columbia and has spent the past four years calling Nova Scotia her home. She is a registered message therapist and has her practice in Truro. Shawn grew up around the Halifax area and has spent many years living away from home deepening his connection to spirit so he can help others on their healing path.
We have both travelled quite a bit and have spent time working with various workaway projects. We are looking forward to begin this new chapter in life caring for this land here in Nova Scotia. This year we will be preparing the land for our 2 acre garden, putting up deer fencing, making a herbal personal product line, building log cabins for rental, raising and butchering chickens, tending the garden and selling vegetables. And if we get that all done there is always lots of cleaning up around the property to do thinning trees, clearing paths etc.
We have two large dogs Makia, and Doksha who enjoy running free and sniffing out adventure. Here on the farm we have 9 ponds and one big spring feed swimming hole, with lots of trout to feed. There are trails that go for miles and miles, forest on all sides of our property with lots of wild life. We have made this chapter of our life free from drugs and alcohol and follow the red road. We have a great sweat lodge community close by that we attend regulary, we also are honoured to have a lodge on the farm that our teachers can come and offer ceremony here. So saying this we want to be clear there will be no substance abuse on this land. We are full of gratitude to be a able to care for this land and give back what we can. Life is an amazing gift and we do our best to keep this in our hearts each day. Attitude for Gratitude!
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Shawn and Kirsten have both spent a lot of time travelling, and love to be able to support that energy in a positive exchange. We will share any knowledge we can on the things we are learning such as bio intensive farming, herbology, massage therapy, other healing modalities and our spiritual practice. Kirsten has a good working knowledge of Spanish, and Shawn can also understand Spanish fairly well.
Please Note: We have an absolute zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol, and recreational cannibis use. We ask that you respect this, during your stay with us, and thank you for doing so.
This year we will be continuing in laying the groundwork for our 2.5 acre mixed vegetable farm , we will be installing a deer/animal fence, designing the garden layout and installing irrigation. Planting and selling vegetables, and herbal products, and growing micro greens.
So we will need help with:
Putting up fence wire
Carpentry and plumbing knowledge would be a great help
cleaning around the property
Garden upkeep, seeding, harvesting, weeding, watering
Keeping fields mowed, we will show you how to drive the tractor,
Clearing brush, clearing out stream area of fallen trees.
Managing the forest to promote growth
Helping with the micro greens
Business skills, such as making a business plan, organizing finances, marketing plans etc.
English and some Spanish
Stay in our home with us in your own room.
We could accommodate up to 2 people this season.
This is a safe space for all people to come and help out, we value open and honest communication, and people that come with respect and an open mind.
In your time off you can explore Truro’s Victoria Park, go view or raft the Tidal Bore, check out the Truro Farmers market, go to Halifax and walk along the waterfront (Kirsten drives to the city every 2 weeks and into Truro almost daily) check out some live music in Truro. Swim in the pond lay in a hammock. Explore the property.
We would like to have a 3 week minimum stay,
We are early risers and prefer to get work done early take a break during the heat of the day to swim and then work a bit more in the afternoon. We eat meat here, and do our best to get free range and local, but that doesn’t always happen. Kirsten works in town so you will mostly be working with Shawn. We expect people to be respectful, and able to take direction well. We also know that we have a lot to learn so if you have an area of expertise we would love it if you shared with us that knowledge too.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week