Help needed with some construction projects for our farm in Ontario, Canada

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Canada

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  • last activity

    Last activity

    12/10/2020

 
  2021 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a third-generation organic farm located in the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine.  This area of surpassing natural beauty has inspired each generation to embrace a mindful approach to farming.  We feel the land is only ours in trust for those yet to be born.

    We grow market produce in raised beds and sell it at our self-serve farm stand at our farm gate and through our CSA.  Also available are eggs from our heritage flock of laying hens and seasonal farm products such as maple syrup, apple cider, and firewood.

    We are lifelong animal lovers and have a commitment to raising our animals in as comfortable an environment as possible.  Our pigs and chickens are in movable tractors, enabling them to forage for wild foods and engage in the natural grooming and leisure activities which factory-raised animals are unable to enjoy. Our sheep have acres of land to roam and forage and they are handled with respect and care.

    Our horse stables are a comfortable retirement home for many beloved horses and donkeys, some of whom are still ridden while others are enjoying their golden years just roaming about and being horses.  We are happy to take horses of any age or activity level, but we do have a special place in our hearts for the older horses who have given so much of their lives in service of man.  It is our honor to provide care for these lovely older animals.

    There is plenty of work for the year round.  We are currently busy with planting, building new raised beds and a farm stand, fencing, irrigation, repairs to outbuildings and greenhouses, and pasture maintenance.

    There are many opportunities for fun and enjoyment on the farm, including horseback riding, swimming in the pond, hiking the trails, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, drawing and painting the local wildlife, and much more.  The farm is located near several small towns which have frequent fairs and attractions such as the Bluegrass Festival, JazzFest, the South Simcoe Steam Train, Honey Festival, tractor pulls, and the Potato Festival.  We are about an hour NW of Toronto and within easy commuting distance.

    We enjoy a positive, peaceful, and beautiful environment and we want to share it with you too!  We can see a real possibility for healing through labor and communion with the Earth and we are excited to bring that possibility to light.  We look forward to meeting you.  Welcome.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are keen to share our experience with regenerative agriculture and sustainable living with others. We love discussing innovative designs and practices for self-sustainability and a greener future for all.

  • Help

    Help

    We are currently looking for around 10-15 self-starter type volunteers to stay for minimum 2 weeks in the months of March and April 2018.  We will be completing several projects such as expanding our market garden via construction of raised beds, installing our new 20X36' greenhouse, building a rocket-mass heater for the greenhouse, and planting spring trees and bush lanes for our permaculture orchard.  Ideally, we would rotate duties for daily tasks among the volunteers and they could work and play together in a communal setting.  

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodation would be shared with other volunteers in a loft above a stables, a small camper, and in tents. Depending on the number of volunteers, cooking and cleaning duties would be shared and rotated daily and meals would be cooked from staples provided.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are many opportunities for fun and enjoyment on the farm, including horseback riding, swimming in the pond, hiking the trails, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, drawing and painting the local wildlife, and much more.  The farm is located near several small towns which have frequent fairs and attractions such as the Bluegrass Festival, JazzFest, the South Simcoe Steam Train, Honey Festival, tractor pulls, and the Potato Festival.  We are about an hour NW of Toronto and within easy commuting distance.

    The farm is located a fifteen minute car ride away from the nearest town, so transportation is important. It would be wonderful if volunteers could share in providing rides into town and for exploring the area for those who arrive without automobiles.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours per week maximum


Host ref number: 723225218433