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Nearly everything we do is in support of one thrill: adventures in food. Come join us and enjoy the pleasures of the table while getting a broad feel of rural life.
We welcome interns all year but right now (late January 2021), we are especially looking for someone (or a couple) who can stay mid-May through June, the critical starting season that drives success in the gardens.
We are foodies far from the centres and trying to help create a culture of great food around us: for ourselves, for our friends and in the community. We are also trying to make that happen as much as is possible using local foods, neighbours’ offerings, and our own produce. Interns will, with support and direction, manage the gardens during the snow-free season and assist in all the other tasks needed to maintain a rural estate. In addition, there are lots of opportunities to learn in the kitchen from a life-long chef.
If you want to get a full taste of a rural lifestyle; if you want to garden, build things and maybe learn new skills in cooking, canning and baking; if you want to do all this at a relaxed pace far from the city and its distractions then our petite auberge might be the place for you. And yes, you will get to eat marvellous meals.
Incidentally, we are remote only in the sense that there is no major city nearby and no mobile phone service or broadcast television. We have gas in the kitchen, satellite internet and Wi-Fi and pretty well every other on-grid service. Stays are at least 3 weeks.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
1. Chances to experience Canadian rural life without being totally isolated, all its warts and benefits and a taste of the skills important to sustain it: gardening, woodworking, construction and much more.
2. And, If you choose, in-depth exploration of food processing and preparation at an artisanal level. This is an experiential opportunity truly uncommon. You could pick up a couple mainstays in the kitchen to impress friends and family,
You will also have opportunities to get more familiar with many of the more common skills needed on a rural property: woodworking and construction, small engine maintenance, tool sharpening, fencing, picking up dog poop and of course brutal back-breaking manual labour.
Recreationally, there is a huge network of trails beginning almost at our doorstep. We have snowshoes for the winter and bicycles for the summer. There is a beautiful swimming lake 15 kilometres farther out and whitewater rafting excursions from town. We do not have horses but seemingly every third home does, many with extra mounts. If riding is a passion, we can introduce you to friends with them.
We are near Barkerville, the restored 1860's gold rush town, well worth a couple of days. The Bowron Lakes just beyond is a world-famous canoe circuit. On the way to Barkerville is Wells, a 1930ish re-purposed mining town now an artists colony and hideaway that is open some days. First weekend in August is ArtWells, an arts and music festival that lives by helpers. Near our home is the Alexander Mackenzie Trail, the route used by the first Europeans to cross North America.
You would have ample opportunity to get away for a week or so and go exploring, maybe paddle the Fraser River or even do the Bowron canoe circuit (we have the gear.) Having your own transportation would help but if you have the license you could ride our scooter.
Each year we look for someone or a sequence of ones to assist in getting done all those little things we need to get done: turning the compost, doing the succession planting, weeding the landscape perennial beds and more. Jenn would get assistance in baking, canning and granola making. I would not have to manage all the outdoor tasks alone.
In general, you would help us in
- garden maintenance in all respects; food, ornamental and landscape
- food preservation;
- general construction and hardscaping;
- general household maintenance.
In our main season the required help will be involved in or lead planting, watering, weeding, feeding, and deadheading. You will be called on to assist in wood projects, construction and general maintenance. You will assist in harvest, processing, canning, drying, fermenting, preserving and storing seasonal produce; increasing the life of the food we grow or acquire. Your help will be a key in making sure we have a continuous supply of product to centre our meals around.
This host offers a language exchange
Bruce est perpétuellement un débutant en français. Il adorerait être au moins à moitié courant. En exchange, nous vous offrons notre anglais. Les demi-jours à chaque un?
Your private spot until the snow flies will be our little travel trailer/caravan with electricity, fridge and heat for the coldest nights. We supply all bedding and towels. In frigid weather you move into the BnB space.
We strive to offer balanced meals with minimal factory processed foods but do not follow any particular diet theme. We do not plan our menus to be gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian or vegan. For practicality, we hope helpers can generally share this diet. If you can adapt to our menu or can be proactive in ensuring you are otherwise well nourished then we can welcome you.
Our place is near Quesnel, BC; somewhat near the centre of the province. We are 11km from the nearest store, 22km from the nearest small town, a 2 hour drive from the nearest small city that has a bit of an urban feel and a full day’s drive from Vancouver. We say with a bit of exaggeration that we live in the middle of nowhere and have all the attendant problems and benefits of that. We think we live in the heart of beauty, the quiet, not so spectacular kind.
The only equipment/clothing you will need is your garden wear, stuff you do not mind getting filthy, stained, ripped and damaged; a good pair of boots and/or wellies will be an asset. (We have hand-me-downs.)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Yes, unless your work truly demands a high speed link or terabytes of bandwidth. We are on satellite; too slow for cloud based applications, definitely not 5G but perfectly adequate for file exchange and email.
Basically any size except a bus or a massive 5th wheel.
Can be discussed.
20 to 25 hours per week arranged as works for both of us.
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