Learn about foraging, permaculture and off-grid life near South Hazleton, Canada



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    We are a family of 3 from the UK, living in Canada. We have been in Canada for nearly 8 years, 5 of which we spent travelling and exploring all across Canada and Alaska and into the Arctic. We are happy to share our experiences travelling and on cool and interesting places to explore and visit.

    We now live on a large off grid acreage in Northern British Columbia. We are striving to be as self sufficient as possible and to grow enough vegetables and fruit to have year round supply and not need to buy any. We follow permaculture principles and no dig growing methods which are working fabulously. We have been working hard to build good soil which is very much lacking on our property. We have built 2 Hugelkulturs and will be starting some new vegetable beds using the Ruth Stout Method this year.

    We have 2 rescue goats and 3 dogs. We are surrounded by thousands of acres of untouched old growth forest on 2 sides and we are high up in the mountains with amazing views. We get a lot of visiting wildlife including bears, moose, coyotes, wolves, lynx, cougars and many birds including large birds of prey. All wildlife is welcome on our property and we live in harmony with them. 2 of our dogs are livestock guardian breeds and they are outside a lot in the daytime patrolling the 7 acres around the house where we live and work. They have proven to be excellent deterrents to keeping the big predators out of those 7 acres just by their presence. All our dogs are welcome in the house anytime they want and all sleep inside at night.

    It is very peaceful here, we can’t see any other sign of human life from our property, we just hear the toot of the far away train sometimes. We are about 25 minutes from a small town and an hour to a larger town with all amenities. We don’t go to town often, maybe once every 2/3 weeks, longer in the height if growing season when we are very busy.

    We follow a whole foods plant based diet and don’t consume any animal products. This is for both health and ethical reasons. If helpers want to consume animal products they will need to purchase and prepare them themselves in their accommodation.

    We are always very busy with projects and finding new ways to do things. We like to relax around a campfire in the summer. Most people would consider where we live remote by conventional standards but we have lived in actual remote places where it’s 5 hours by car to town, so to us we don’t find it remote.

    I am learning about herbalism and have been foraging and growing as many medicinal and culinary herbs as I can. I am happy to share my knowledge of wild foods and herbs and to show how to forage safely and sustainably. Anything I can forage is an added bonus as it hasn’t taken any work from me to produce it.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    People can learn about foraging, permaculture, off grid life, animal care, life in Canada. As British people now living in Canada I think we have a unique story to share, especially living off grid.

  • Help


    We always have new projects on the go which we would be happy to have help with. Some of the projects for 2021 are as follows:

    Build a large pole barn
    Install and upgrade our solar system
    Developing extensive new vegetable beds
    Improve and fix fencing
    Preparing firewood for next winter
    Tending all the new herbs and vegetables we are growing this year
    Foraging and preserving for wild foods
    Preserving our harvests including making jams, jellies, chutneys and sauerkraut
    Building a root cellar for produce storage
    There are always multiple carpentry and mechanical projects on the go
    Finishing the goat barn
    Interior decorating of the house
    Up cycling furniture
    Growing our social media presence
    General animal care
    Building a porch on the house
    Further dog training

    Any help would be amazing, even just labour. We always have more jobs we’d like to do than time to do them,

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I would love to learn a new language. I did some German at school,but don’t remember a lot. I have a teaching background - not in languages - and would be happy to help someone improve their English.

  • Accommodation


    We have a large travel trailer/caravan for visitors use. It is fully equipped and will have running water and power. Visitors will need to use the toilets in the house though as we can’t connect the travel trailer to the septic system. We are happy to provide good hearty meals but if visitors want to eat animal products they will need to purchase and prepare them in the travel trailer for themselves.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If travellers have their own transport then there are lots of places to explore in the local area. We don’t head to town very often, at most every 2-3 weeks so if people need to go to town more than that they will need their own transport. There is no public transport close by unfortunately. It is very quiet and peaceful here which is why we love it.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We are more than happy to host fellow travellers in their own vehicle. We can provide water and some power, (basic power only as we’re off grid). We don’t have a septic hook up though.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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