Enjoy this stunning place and collaborate with a cooperative art farm ecology center in Gaspereau, Nova Scotia Canada

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  • Description

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    Greetings Work Awayers of the World !

    My name is Erich . I have recently (as of 2019) moved back to Gaspereau, Nova Scotia to be closer to my family and long time friends, and to start a Cooperative Art Farm Ecology homested action center on a newly mortgaged house and property!

    Wolfville, Gaspereau and Grand Pre are beautifully located in the stunning lands and waters of the unceeded Mi'k Mak'i First Nation territory.

    Mixed hardwood and conifer forests, roll along hills into farmland and dykelands constructed by the Acadian peoples, merging with the shores of the Bay of Fundy, which claim the highest tides on the planet.

    There are numerous freshwater rivers, lakes and seaside swimming spots for those hot summer days or those wintery cold water submersions !

    Farms, Orchards and Vineyards appear to make up most of the properties throughout the countryside landscape here in the beautiful Annapolis Valley.

    The Property: 4 acres total, 3 acres of gently rolling pasture and 1 acre of house site with mature white oak, red maple, ash, and adolescent chestnut, black walnut among other species and varieties of native and introduced plants that the previous owners tended during their time.

    The House: 60 year old bungalow, 2 bedroom, foyer/living room, kitchen, bathroom, with an earthen floor basement which is used for wood cutting both for building, repairs and for fire wood storage and prep.

    We use a wood stove in the winter which is newly installed and burning warmly very well :)

    I was raised most of my life in Wolfville, only a 1 hour drive from the provincial capital Halifax where I was born. Here in Wolfville, I learned the piano from the age of 4, and grew up playing hockey, and soccer, singing, hiking and swimming often.

    I am very familiar with the area and also have endless adventures to discover here, for I have been travelling and working away across the globe over a 13 year period.

    My travels have led me to study in Sherbrooke Quebec, completing a degree in Environmental Studies and Geography / Spanish/ and Indigenous - Settler Relations at Bishop's University.

    I have worked as a tree planter in B.C and Alberta for 13 seasons, and have used the income from tree planting to mortgage the property and house, pay the bills of life, and to fund my workaway travels and volunteer/study trips to organic, permaculture farms and natural building projects throughout Canada, the U.S.A, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Spain, Portugal, and Nepal.

    I've now begun, since August 2019, to tap my roots in my new home in Gaspereau. My life dream is of creating an abundant and vibrant Cooperative Arts Farm and Ecology (CAFE) homested that hosts travellers, guests and people in need who are passionate and keen about realizing and expressing their inspirations through growing food organically and engaging in a dedicated heart felt creative practice in the arts or trade of their choosing !

    Music, Poetry, Theatre, Painting, Dance, Sculpture, Fibre Arts, Crafts... whatever creative multi media possible is welcomed and encouraged in this space, as a means to express and connect with each other and to the world in an open, honest and respectful way.

    Rooted in Growing and Producing as Much Food as is Managable on the Land, building Foundations in Regenerative Food Production on the homested is the current priority for the Work Trade at this time.

    Music fills the space throughout work hours as well as rest hours and down time.

    Silence is appreciated deeply early in the morning before 8am, and before bedtime around 10pm or 11pm.

    Mindfullness and movement, I invite travellers to explore some of these practices together here during their stay, through Dance, Stretching, Yoga, and Acro.

    Presence of mind and body in the work, play and rest is a guiding value in our actions and movement through the day energy flows.

    It is a mission of the space to focus greatly on positively contributing to the local, and global environmental and social struggles and injustices of the time.

    Living on the land, dedicated to growing and regenerating fertility, and biodiversity in the soil and plant eco-systems is a crucial aspect of building the dream communities we wish to live here.

    The space is guided honestly, kindly and friendly, open and welcoming to travelers, locals, LGBT peoples, people of any and all colours or nationalities, youth, elders, low income folks, high income folks, people of various religious affiliation or non-religious beliefs, as long as we maintain a mutually beneficial and respectful relationship and that you respect my simple agreements to visiting and living together.

    The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a good starting point for working together to navigate obstacles and disagreements that may occur.

    1. Be impeccable with your Word

    2. Don't Take things Personally

    3. Don't Make Assumptions

    4. Always Do Your Best

    and an extra 5th one... Be Critical and Learn to Listen

    By taking the time to pay attention to the task at hand we can prioritize tasks effectively and call ourselves into action !

    We can learn, share and grow together in our Best Most Enjoyable Ways ! Be Kind and DREAM BIG !

    Kind and language full of care and thoughtfulness is asked to be used when we speak to each other.

    Humorously and considerately, I intend to curate a space for people to realize their potential as themselves on the farm, and as human beings living together in the greater community of diverse species within this immense and vital web of life, a part of this beautiful blue and green planet earth, rooted in a life of living and learning with the land !

    Hopefully within the next 3 years of the CAFE Homested project, I hope to have built a garden of an acre +/-, a passive solar straw bale loft cabin, fully renovated the original house with Greenhouse extension on the south face, completed the establishment of swales growing a food forests along the slopes of the land, pasture for rotational grazing of laying hens and maybe other small numbers of livestock ... !

    It is a life long dream to have this farm and arts space available for travelers, locals and (border permitting) refugees, and immigrants to have a safe place to be themselves, grow food, learn about nature, the world, and live artfully together !

    The community here on and beyond the farm are a mix of farmers, musicians, multi media artists, dancers and nature lovers who are in an on growing process of setting up a self-sustaining cooperative enterprise where we can pursue our passions of abundant organic farming, permaculture and the arts, while offering space for guests to meet their needs, and realize their own dreams and potential during their stay.

    Farm Tasks and Goals of keeping up with seeding, planting, and plant care are a priority for the Work Trade.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    English is my mother tongue. Je parle francais. Hablo castellano tambien.

    I am a local born and raised in Nova Scotia and know of a great many hikes, bikes, beaches to enjoy and learn from as well as local theatre groups, musicians, and local farmers to visit and enjoy in full conviviality !

    Wolfville is home to Acadia University, a hub for local food, drinks, music, theatre and natural beauty thats stirs the honey pot of the soul !

  • Help

    Help

    All Help Related to growing and preparing Produce is For Our Own Consumption or non-profit distribution*

    Greetings Prospective Farm Stay Guests !

    2 Beans or not 2 Beans Farm is an up and coming small-scale, mixed-vegetable and fruit Farm and Arts homested in Gaspereau, Nova Scotia, Canada.

    We a currently seeking collaborators for our 2022 Spring, Summer and Fall growing season !

    We can potentially host a couple over the winter who are looking for a spot to help tend 20 laying hens, keep the fire stoked, make kindling, par-take in pickling and preserving food, as well as teaming up with our Permaculture Design Process for the up coming 2022 growing season !

    Thanks for All the Wonderful Guests and Good Workers who helped out over the years and again this year 2022 ! It has been a tremendous feat of production and to you we are forever grateful and will cherish the memories for many years to come!

    *We would prefer a 2 week minimum stay with a long term stay potential.
    We can accommodate part-time work-trade situations for local helpers living off site.

    We invite motivated, open, enthusiastic, diligent and playful individuals who have a passion for nature and community to learn and work together with us to bring to fruition our 2023 Garden Plan !

    2 Beans or not 2 Beans Farm offers a space for people who seek to thrive in an experiential learning environment with organic farming, permaculture principles and creative performing arts.


    We offer 2 large, delicious and healthy vegetarian meals a day with guest room in-house accommodation in exchange for 25 hours a week of work hours of farm tasks.

    There is also a camping option or one can park a camper vehicle here on site if desired.

    Work trade Farm Tasks are priority and vary depending on the season.

    A general break-down of seasonal tasks looks like:

    Winter: Interior House Restoration, Basement Micro-green Production, Wood Chores, Chicken Care, Canning and Pickling, Arts, Crafts, Music Making, Permaculture Design Planning, Drawing, Planning for the Market Garden.

    Spring: Indoor/Outdoor seeding, propagation, bed prep, planting of vegetables and berry crops and trees, early harvests and markets, chicken care.

    Summer: Watering with irrigation, Harvests, Wash/pack of produce, Markets, seeding and planting for Fall harvests, Hosting potluck and special events, chicken care.

    Fall: Harvests, Markets, planting garlic, putting the garden to bed/preparing for winter, wood chores, chicken care.

    Our schedule for Work Trade guests is :
    8am-2pm with a 12-1pm Monday to Friday. 2 Meals and accommodation included if available.

    Work Trade Farm Tasks will include :

    Seeding and watering transplant trays, micro-greens
    Prepping, amending, and maintaining garden beds with silage tarps and hand-tools like push forks and broadforks.
    Setting up and watering with drip and sprinkler irrigation
    Caring for laying hens, egg collection, coop maintenance and compost creation
    Direct seeding and Transplanting of crops
    Watering, Harvesting, Washing and Packing of produce
    Planting food forest plants, Fruit Trees, perennial shrubs, Vines, ground cover plants, nitrogen fixing trees, hardwood trees, grapes, blueberries, strawberries and more !
    Coming up with newer creative ways to find more markets for our produce and to increase efficiency and production capacity within our small-scale operation.



    January/February :

    - Keeping the fireplace and basement wood furnace burning well, morning, noon, and evening, chopping kindling.
    - Caring for 20 laying hens, feeding, giving water, collecting eggs
    - Design and Crop Planning for the 2022 garden and food forest
    - Investigating mushroom growing indoors
    - Micro-green production
    - Potentially assisting with Installing Tile Floor in the Bathroom and kitchen/mudroom
    - Watering indoor plants
    - Pickling veggies from our cold storage as well as fermenting Kimchi and Sauerkraut !

    ( March/April )

    Homested Care and House Sitting Responsibilities

    - Keep the house warm with the fireplace burning
    - Care for laying hen chickens, feeding, watering, coop cleaning, egg collection
    - watering indoor plants
    - keeping the house tidy

    - If working awayers are keen, they can work together with our team to start plants that take longer to grow like leeks, celery, and onions as well as the Solanacea: Peppers, Tomatoes, Eggplant...

    - Planting Carrots, Potatoes, Beets in the field when possible in April

    - making art, music, journaling, poetry contributions to the space !

    - organize oneself ! Draw up a design for a project you envision for the space !

    Plants on the Land include:

    Herbs:
    Thyme, Oregano, Basil, Lemon Balm, Tulsi, Parsley, Dill, Cilantro, Mint, Lavender, Bergamot,

    Cucurbits:
    Cucumbers, Melons, Winter and Summer Squashes

    Brassicas:
    Tatsoi Asian greens, Napa Cabbage, Red/Green Cabbage, Lacinato/Red Russian Kale, Mizuna, Mustard, Collards, Arugula, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Bokchoi

    Greens:
    Spinach, Swiss Chard, Salanova Lettuces, Romaine,

    Legumes:
    Green/Purple Beans, Dry Beans, Peas,

    Roots:
    Parsnip, Turnip, Rutabaga (Brass.), Radish (Brass.), Beets, Carrot

    Plant Berry Plants !!

    Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries ! ,

    Flowers:
    Borage, Sweet alyssum, Sunflowers, Marigolds among many others !


    - We Looking at scaling up our laying hen population up from 20 - 40 :)

    - weeding and pruning are always welcomed!

    Ask us for details on any tasks that need clarification or further explanation or instruction.

    the House:

    -Painting and lighting installations are needed throughout the house. I have recipes for natural wheat paste, clay and chalk based paints that work great !

    -Help with ceramic tiling in the bathroom and kitchen

    -design and planning of future renovations, greenhouse additions, strawbale cabin drawings and design.

    If the visitor plays music it will be a great asset in living here ! We play music often in the evenings and during work breaks !

    We occasionally have small speak-easy open-mic gathers where we share poetry, music and crafts together !

    Very much encouraging a collaborative process in coming up with tasks and projects to do around the land and the house !

    Inviting self motivated learners to pursue their interests and bring their best to the CAFE homested !

    Also, I am willing to go through my visions for the space in greater detail upon your arrival or via video call prior to arrival.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Tent outside in the summer, or bedroom inside the shared house in the cold months.
    Cooking, two meals a day, cleaning and cooperative living happens with a shared kitchen, living room, washroom, and outdoor washroom to be...

    Guests will potentially be sharing a bathroom and kitchen with myself and or another roommate(s).

    Potentially open to flexible and alternative agreements if a work awayer is interested in working less time together on though another fair exchange agreement has to be mutually agreed upon.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In the past I felt that when I participated in workaway trades of 5 hours of help a day, 5 days a week, it was a fair deal in exchange for a room and 2 vegetarian meals a day lunch 12pm-1pm, and dinner 6-8pm with snacks coffee and tea available in the morning or on breaks.

    Work Awayers must take care of their own food needs on days off.

    Co-living Agreements

    We request that everyone both guests and hosts practice Personal Responsibility for cleaning up immediately after using common or personal space including bathrooms, kitchen, living room, bedroom.

    All spaces must be kept clean and tidy to the best of our ability, sweeping floors and wiping counters, washing dishes every meal, putting laundry away in a timely way, etc.

    We offer a personal cupboard for workawayers to store their own food items.

    Common Food Pantry for work awayers on workdays includes:
    Oats
    Buckwheat
    Chickpeas
    Rice
    Lentils
    Nuts
    Eggs

    Work Awayers have access to farm grown food on workdays and surplus meals on days off.

    We are not a profit driven project and strive to live well while covering costs of operation.


    All Help is Related to growing and preparing Produce For Our Own Consumption.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We can talk about having pets at the site though there may be restrictions of their mobility, keeping pets out of garden beds.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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