Help needed with our organic garden in beautiful West Kootenays, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello and Welcome,

    I am looking for help starting April, and some of the tasks besides starting plants will be finishing garden tool fix-up (there was some hard work done in the fall)and basket repair, for those interested in learning how to do these, or with folks with these skills already.

    This situation would be ideal for people who are able to work both with me, and independently. There is a room with a queen-sized bed, so couples are welcome, a bedroom for a single, and there is an outdoor bedroom as well.

    There is a bountiful organic garden that produces most of the food that we eat, and I also wildcraft. I have been working on this beautiful piece of land for more than 45 plus years, growing food and medicine plants. I make plant medicine and save seeds. I have been trying to naturalize as many of these plants as possible. I am also trying to set the gardens up so that they are easy to work in. This is a 30 acre parcel with a large creek cutting through it, and is mostly wild land, south facing, a quarter way up the mountain. Great water, awesome views, lot's of birds and pollinators. I am a dedicated organic grower and am trying to learn from, and work with, Nature's systems. I have also had a very long term involvement in social and environmental justice movements. I am sharing this land with many of my family members.

    We live outside of Balfour, near Kootenay Lake and a half-hour drive from the culturally vibrant city of Nelson. There is a bus system to Nelson and the surrounding area and the longest free ferry boat ride in the country within walking distance.

    I am a wildcrafter, and have enjoyed teaching others, both formally and informally. Learn about sustainable living, how to grow and put up food for the winter. You will have the opportunity to harvest and process medicinal plants and to create oils, tinctures, teas, salves and creams. Learn to identify wild edible plants and eat fresh organic food directly from the garden. I have a very interesting, wide and varied library and love sharing stories. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in the cultural life of the West Kootenays, known for world famous music festivals, a vibrant arts scene, and multiple recreation opportunities including wilderness hiking and access to beautiful lakes and rivers.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project

  • 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

    Learn about sustainable living, how to grow and put up food for the winter. You will have the opportunity to harvest and process medicinal plants and to create oils, tinctures, teas, salves and creams. Learn to identify wild edible plants and eat fresh organic food directly from the garden. I have a very interesting, wide and varied library and love sharing stories. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in the cultural life of the West Kootenays, known for world famous music festivals, a vibrant arts scene, and multiple recreation opportunities including wilderness hiking and access to beautiful lakes and rivers.

  • Help

    Help

    Hello, I am looking for help starting the beginning of August. Besides the usual garden work (weeding, harvesting, etc.) there are garden paths needing work, and help with fencing.
    We are providing food and accommodation for 25 hours of work each week. Hours per day can be flexible depending on task requirements and your needs. Volunteers who are capable of some heavy physical work would be quite helpful at this time.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    For volunteers there is one bedroom with a queen-sized bed in our house or depending on the situation another room with a single bed, there is also an outdoor bedroom. The rest of the living space is shared. Organic food is provided.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are a half hour east of the city of Nelson. There is a bus system and the longest free ferry boat ride in the country within walking distance.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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