Hobby farm family aiming to be more self sustainable in the Cowichan Valley, Canada



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    My name is Kevin, I am a self employed carpenter and small hobby farm owner, originally from the East Coast of Canada. My wife Deana is originally from England and came to Canada as a Nanny. We met in Vancouver, but moved to Vancouver Island nearly 17 years ago for the rural lifestyle. We live on 5 acres in the beautiful Cowichan Valley (The Warmlands) with our son Josh 21 and 2 dogs Jet and Snow (both friendly Labs). We are a busy family and love to meet new people from various backgrounds and share our beautiful surroundings with them. We are constantly working to become more self sustainable with garden and greenhouse.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    The beauty of living where we live in this wonderful valley is we can enjoy the great outdoors.

    We grow many of our own vegetables. I still eat meat, most of which is in the freezer from what I have previously processed, but my wife no longer eats meat and dairy, so we have a pretty varied diet. We love to exchange knowledge and experiences with people we meet. In the Cowichan Valley we have one of the largest first nation communities on the island, there is a lot to learn about the legends, history and culture of the Cowichan People and the Coast Salish Nation. The natural beauty of our valley is incredible, lakes, forests, ocean, mountains. There are farms and vineyards, and wonderful communities such as Chemainus (murals), Cowichan Bay (spot prawn festival), Lake Cowichan is the new home of a huge music festival (Sunfest), Victoria (with its British Heritage) is the capital of BC and just a bus ride away. There are plenty of mountain biking and hiking trails, or kayaking opportunities.

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    At the moment our initial help needed is a variety of outdoor projects. We always seem to have small building and maintenance projects around the homestead, so extra hands are always welcome. We would also like to get our garden enlarged and become more self sufficient, as well as some landscaping and ongoing property maintenance. We have been part of workaway for a number years and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience, as have the workawayers that have visited us.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    A private bedroom with queen size bed and bathroom.

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    What else ...

    In your free time, there are plenty of hiking/biking trails close by, that will take you all the way to Victoria, Lake Cowichan and just around the countryside. We are also 15 min drive from Lake Cowichan and 20 mins from several bays on the Georgia Strait (Salish Sea), or 1hr from Port Renfrew on the west coast of the island, if you are a water lover. We are on a bus route for easy access to both the local towns of Duncan and Lake Cowichan. From Duncan there are busses that go both down the island to the Capital of BC, Victoria and up island to Nanaimo and beyond. The Cowichan River is well known for it's fly fishing. We also have a 33' x18' solar heated swimming pool (for summer) and a saltwater hot tub (for winter) as well as ping pong . In the past we have thoroughly enjoyed hosting, through different programs, people from Mozambique, Mexico, Eastern Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Jamaica, Trinidad, Brazil, Chile, China, Japan, Germany, UK, Russia, France & Norway. We don't smoke so would prefer non-smokers, but other than that we are reasonably flexible and easy going family.

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    • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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