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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, learn a few things in getting there and in the gardens while getting a broad feel of rural life and our approach to self-sufficiency.
We can offer an exchange beginning mid-December 2022 but next year and beyond are fully open as well. Want to plan way ahead?
Everyone coming into our bubble must be vaccinated.
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, you will have 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 culinary 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 marvelous 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.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Our most memorable times hosting have been when a Workawayer was fully embedded in our lives as family , doing the day to day things we do and joining alongside us as work partners. If you prefer being solitary and working alone we can still welcome you but give us the hint early so that we can organize stuff to suit us both.
In a general sense we offer
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, a range of culinary experiences: exploration of food processing and preparation at an artisanal level. Even if you do not want to dive deeply into cooking , 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.
You will definitely be able to find more thrills if you come with your own vehicle but if you have the license you could ride our scooter. There are scores of great hiking trails and local enthusiasts in every outdoor passion are welcoming. Nearby 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. Before 2020, the first weekend in August was ArtWells, an arts and music festival that lives by helpers; there is talk that it will be revived, Near our home is the Alexander Mackenzie Trail, the route used by the first Europeans to cross North America.
Longer-term, 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.)
PLUS, for all you thrill seekers/amateurs des sensations, a chance to step outside and be confronted by a bear (or bears.) Indulge your fears. (Actually, the occasional moose is more dangerous.)
The tasks/projects you are given are tied to the length of your stay. Short-term stays are given narrowly defined projects; for longer-term we seek generalists. Occasionally, depending on current projects, we may look for certain skills: woodworking, carpentry, mechanics and others. We always hope for longer-term volunteers, perhaps all season, to adopt us and assist in getting done all those little extra tasks: turning the compost, doing the succession planting, weeding the landscape perennial beds and more. Jenn would get assistance in getting the food work done and 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;
- repair and fix-ups of anything that can break or needs change;
- general construction and hardscaping;
- general household maintenance;
- occasional assistance in preparing, labeling and stocking preserved food.
In our main season the required help suits a generalist. There will be in planting, watering, weeding, feeding, and deadheading. You will be called on to assist in woodworking, 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; helping us reach for a sustainable self-sufficiency. Your help will be a key in making sure we have a continuous supply of food to centre our meals around. There is a multitude of other tasks to do: you would also assist in and learn more about woodwork, construction and general maintenance. We have a couple construction projects on the go and always the never-ending need to fix or enhance things around us. A substantial part of the assistance we need is outside. This is not day after day of heavy manual labour but you must be capable of some sustained physical effort; there are tables to be moved, stairs to climb, flowers to pick. We would never ask you to work longer than we would and we do love to break for the afternoon and sip rosé on the deck.
If you like cooking, you can assist Jenn in the kitchen. She s a fabulous chef, a great teacher and is always exploring new recipes and cuisine. For the passionate amateur, a longer-term internship can be discussed. This is a place where you might discover the difference between cooking and being a chef.
This host offers a language exchange
Bruce est perpétuellement un débutant en français. Il adorerait être au moins à moitié courant. Tu es adjugé les points double en bonus si tu as déjà enseigné le français, Aprendo português para Duolingo. Adoramos Portugal e a comida; Nós vamos lá de novo uma dia
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.
Part of how we celebrate life is in preparing food together, serving it with thanks and sitting down to share it. Our menus are balanced with minimal factory processed foods but do not follow any particular diet theme. They are not gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian or vegan or follow any other principle. If your diet requirements limit what you can eat or you have specific needs, ask if we can accommodate them. Separate meal preparation will not be considered.
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 pushy 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 needed. (We have a few hand-me-downs.) In winter, a pair of yaktrax or similar are almost essential even for just crossing the driveway.
You must be a non-smoker both on and off site,
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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; rapid download but throttled upload; too slow for cloud based applications or a ZOOM meeting hub. Definitely not 5G but perfectly adequate for peer to peer video chats, file exchange and email.
Basically any size except a bus or a massive 5th wheel. Campervans welcome. 110v hookup available.
Can be considered.
20 to 25 hours per week arranged as works for both of us.
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