Beautiful century farmhouse and artist studio located just outside the village of Keene, Ontario, on 100 acres of rolling hills. I am interested in self-sufficiency and plant a large organic garden every year. Depending on the time of year you arrive, help will include tilling, planting, weeding and mulching the garden, with food preservation (freezing, cooking, canning) later in the season. A big project every year is bringing in wood for our wood-burning stoves which includes going to our 300 acre woodlot to fell and haul trees, then cutting, splitting and stacking the wood. Volunteering at the woodlot is done communally with a few other families. Experience with using a chainsaw is a plus but if you are interested in learning, training and safety gear would be provided. Occasionally I go to our property on Manitoulin Island and you are welcome to come along. Tasks there includes clearing brush from fencelines, painting, and re-chinking the log cabin. You would also get a change to explore this beautiful place, which is the largest freshwater lake island in the world. Finally, for those volunteers who are interested in learning more about animal husbandry, there is the opportunity to help on an award-winning agricultural and livestock farm raising heritage breeds in a humane and sustainable way for meat. Animals include pigs, sheep and cattle. This farm is accessible by a short bicycle ride and the bikes will be provided.
The village of Keene is a small farming community with Lang Pioneer Village, an interesting tourist attraction. Trips to the nearby city of Peterborough are also possible. Accommodation for 2 in a studio on the property with access to wifi. We will work and eat together. You will eat well as I enjoy cooking and the garden provides and abundance of organic food in the summer. I occasionally eat meat but am happy to accomodate vegetarians. You're also welcome to cook with me. I'm looking for help all year. Depending on what we are doing, help would be approx. 4 - 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Weekends are yours to explore the area. Come experience life on a small Ontario farm!
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
If you have chainsaw experience, please consider visiting the farm. We are actively trying to clear the fence lines.
Your own private accommodation in a artist studio on a hill overlooking the countryside.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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