We are a family of four, living on a hobby farm two hours from Ottawa. We have 6 other kids (and 3 grandkids!) who live nearby or withing a couple hours drive. Our farm is the 'hub' of family gatherings. We are a traditional Catholic family, respectful of differing religious and political views, and we expect the same in return.
Music is an important part of our life. You might catch us singing while doing the dishes or around the campfire, and our youngest daughters (16, 18) both love music and play guitar, piano, and some wind instruments.
Alison has recently finished 4 years of study in Business Marketing and Communications and Project Management. She is currently working from home for a local company, but her entrepreneurial spirit has her planning and scheming ways of creating revenue streams for the farm. One of her current projects is renovating vintage trailers to rent out as accomodations on the farm, while incorporating 'farm experiences' into the offering. (Yes! We need help to do this!)
Nick is a certified Driving Instructor, but with the ongoing lockdowns, he's been busy working on 'farm stuff'. He and a buddy have a small lumber milling business, (mostly for personal use), but they do small custom orders when asked. Nick has a workshop half built, and he is helping his friend build a cottage on our property. So, there are always projects on the go!
We have few horses, and in the past, have hosted equine therapy programs for individuals of all ages, where we focus on mental emotional well-being, using natural horsemanship techniques. The programs were put on hold for the past couple years, but we hope to get them going again once the lockdown is over. We also have sheep, a goat, and will be adding a few more animals to the farm, for the purpose of growing our own meat for the family.
We like to have a small garden to enjoy seasonally. We like to eat healthy, home cooked meals that include meat, and consider it important to prepare and eat meals together. We love home baked goodies! In the spring, summer and fall, evenings are often spent outdoors, enjoying life on the farm. In the winter, you will usually find us watching movies, reading or crafting in our spare time.
Nick is of Dutch heritage, so learning more about that part of the world will be meaningful to our kids. Alison lived in Peru as child, and has returned there a couple times to do missionary work in recent years. Hablas espanol?
Our home is fairly big, a charming log house, (typical historical Canadiana) so there are on-going renovation and restoration projects. That never ends! Our 4 dogs and cat are welcome indoors, so please consider this if you have allergies. We have a decent internet connection, which suffices for the demands of our family.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are located 45 minutes east of Algonquin Park, and close to a Polish cultural community. The nearest town is one of the most diverse tiny communities you will find in Ontario, and very welcoming. There are several other provincial parks within a reasonable drive, and 2 hours from the nations capital, where there is plenty to explore. The historical buildings at Parliament Hill, the Ottawa River system and Rideau canal, the diverse multicultural communities in the area, and much more.
We would like to have someone who most importantly, willing to interact and be a mentor to the kids, somewhat interested in horses, and preferable with some experience, to help with their maintenance and care. It would be great if the individual has digital marketing and youtube (vlogging) experience.
We are hoping that our workaday guest will assimilate into our family with no drama, and unreasonable expectations, and help with the ordinary daily routine.
Illegal drugs are not used nor are welcome here. We are non-smokers and occasional social drinkers. I see other profiles with lengthy do and don'ts, which I don't feel compelled to do.
Small private bedroom, shared everything else.
In your time off, you would benefit from having a vehicle, but it is not required. There is no public transportation, but there is a great community ride share board on social media, where finding a ride to any destination locally, or Ottawa is possible. When able, we would be glad to get you where you need to go. Or you can just hang out and enjoy the farm.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have places to park campers and trailers.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week