Help us with some renovation projects and growing our own food in the beautiful Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada

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  2021 

 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We live in the beautiful sunshine coast of B.C. where we run our family farm in the forest and an oyster farm on the beach. We love traveling too, so we know how valuable it is to be in a new place with locals. Our home is at the end of highway 101, it is somehow remote, so we share our land with a wide variety of wildlife like bears, cougars, deers, etc.

    We live with the rhythm of the tides and weather, as the oysters we farm for making a living. Our life is mostly outside, under the moon, the sun or the rain. We grow most of the veggies and fruit that we eat during the year. We also love gathering seasonally for berries, mushrooms or sea creatures. Our oyster operation is mainly on the beach, and our schedule depends on the tides. Some of our activities are long term cycles, like growing the baby oysters; some of them medium term cycles, like maintenance of equipment; and some of them are short term cycles, like harvesting, which we do every week.

    Our dirt farm has a big field and different buildings, and usually we have several projects going on; clean up, pruning, fencing, planting trees, maintenance of buildings, roads and trails, canning food, brewing some goodies, etc. In the dirt farm we have a small cabin for hosting workawayers/wwoofers/friends/family. It’s rustic but cozy. If this cabin is busy, we host our guests in the camper van, small but cozy as well, with power, propane stove and dining table; washroom and laundry from the main house.

    Our diet is omnivore. We eat mostly organic food. Cheese, pasta, flour, and grains are the only things we don't get organic.

    We expect our guests to help us around 5hrs per day, 5 days a week, in an irregular schedule. Our days off depend mostly of the weather and oysters deliveries, so weekends don't rule our calendars.

    During the spring/summer time we work during the day. Be aware that in winter/late-fall time, we work at night. We have all the equipment necessary for making it possible.

    The best is bringing your own comfy gumboots, but if you don’t have them, we have a good selection of sizes. We provide globes, rain-gear and headlamps. We don’t smoke, so smoking inside the buildings is not allowed.

    We would appreciate if you avoid using incense, perfumes, and anything that has a strong fragrance.

    The best qualities for our job is flexibility. We are not routine people, we live day by day. If you add the weather and the tides you get a very irregular schedule (:P).

    Our area is reach in places to explore (check out the Sunshine Coast Trail). We recommend you to stay at least 3 weeks so we get to establish a rhythm of work and a relationship, plus you get to wander around the beautiful place we live in.
    Best activities here are: hiking, swimming, fishing, kayaking, having a beer with your hosts, etc. If you have a car there is more chances to get to see cool places like lakes, rivers, beaches, etc. If we have the chance, we will take you to some of these. In town there is concerts or parties where you will get the flavour of the lovely community that we live in.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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 know how significant is when you get to share and learn from locals when traveling, we think that's the priceless and best part of going out of home. We would like to offer that experience to others, while we get some help for getting some things done.

    I'm from Colombia, and my partner and daughter are Canadians. We speak Spanish and English, and we love eating organic and balanced meals. Most of our diet is locally grown, by ourselves or by our neighbours; or wild harvested like mushrooms, berries, fish, etc. We will share with you our eclectic way of life, our love for latin contemporary music and canadian country, our passion for the ocean, boating, picnicking, and so on. I'm also a stone carver, mostly marble, and I would love to trade with you sculpting skills, specially if you know carpentry.

  • Help

    Help

    There are several ways you could help us:
    Depending of the season we do seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, cover crops, fencing, winter garden, etc. For tilling the soil we use tractor, for all the other activities we use hand tools.

    There is different buildings in the property that need different levels of renovation.
    Currently we want to adapt a small cabin for hosting people in the summer and lift up the roof of an old shop that needs serious help.

    Our daughter is one y/o, if you like kids, you might love to take care of her while we do the work.

    We share cooking and cleaning up the kitchen for every meal.

    We expect from workawayers being openminded, kind and physically active.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    *June 2020 update: the guests' cabin is not avalible now. We are hosting wa ers in our campervan.
    *Related to COVID: If you are requesting stay please let us know a bit about your activities in the past 2 weeks.
    *Our farm is a Fragrance Free environment.

    We have a cozy little cabin. It has its own kitchen, shower, laundry room, and an outhouse. You will have complete privacy. The plan is having the 3 meals together, we cook and clean together too.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Around our place, are several trails to explore the area, like the Sunshine Coast Trail, which is a great attraction for outdoors lovers. We spend good part of our work time in boats, so we get to explore the shore around Desolation Sound quite often.
    Public transportation is not easy, best way to get here from Vancouver or from Vancouver Island is hitchhiking or driving. We can arrange pickup in Powell River or Lund.

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 6 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 794258963141