Be surrounded by gorgeous vistas near Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

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  • Description

    Description

    Our farm is situated in the rolling hills of Northumberland County, 10 minutes north of Cobourg. The view is magnificent and the gardens are gorgeous. We live 10 minutes north of a tourist town with a beautiful beach. Just 5 minutes north there is a great lake for fishing. On occasion we load everyone in our 6 seater boat for an evening cruise of this gorgeous lake.

    We have many projects on the farm including a vegetable garden that supports 4 families. This summer we are completing some much needed repairs to our farm house. As soon as that is completed we will be starting a cordwood studio (see plan in picture section) for a friend of ours. It will incorporate many alternative building techniques including cordwood, earth plasters, earth bags, earth blocks, homemade paint etc. Although we prefer to have helpers come with some history building and carpentry, most important is an eagerness to learn.

    We have developed a compressed earth block and straw bale hybrid building system, which is the first of its kind in Canada. There are two houses on our farm that have been built using this technique. Henry is always eager to share his experience and knowledge.

    Currently we have 2 people staying with us who arrived May 2020. They want to extend their stay into the fall. Another joined us this May and will be staying until the fall. That leaves us room for one more person. Because of CoVID we prefer longer term stays. We will provide a place for you to quarantine for 10 days.
    We really enjoy getting to know people and watching the helpers form a wonderful group and hang out together. Everyone becomes a part of the family. The atmosphere on our farm is relaxed, warm and accommodating. We enjoy bonfires, games, cooking in our pizza oven and music events. The sound of laughter and good times echoes over the hills. In the summer after work a swim in our above ground pool is a usual event. We have created a small community of family and friends living next to us so there are always people about, including some adorable little children.

    In the warmer weather we spend most of our time in the "dome", an outdoor shelter complete with kitchen, dining area, and ping pong table and darts. It's a great hang out spot. There are private rooms for all our helpers.

    Depending on the season, while you are here you will mainly be involved with simple construction/carpentry and hopefully being a part in the many gatherings that take place on our farm. We are surrounded by a very friendly community and we all share similar values of living sustainably, walking kindly on our earth.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    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

    Alternative, sustainable building techniques and ideas, medicinal herb education, organic gardening, production of skin care products using our home grown organic plants/berries, communal living with amazing volunteers.

  • Help

    Help

    Hours are flexible and varied according to chores, weather, etc. and are approx. 5 days a week, 5 hours a day...including a share of the household tasks...ie dishes. Helpers are included at our meal times and have access to all our facilities including internet. Our helpers often become good friends, many returning in the following years. We enjoy making music, playing games, and having lots of parties around the camp fire in the evenings.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Private bedroom in our farm house.
    Our diet is garden based, some fish and home raised chicken.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our volunteers have access to bicycles and often bike to Cobourg. Cobourg has many festivals in the summer. Our family lives around us and with four other households there is always a lift to catch into town or a return home. There is also a lake close by that is great for fishing. We love taking hikes across the countryside and enjoy many campfires with our helpers.

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days a week

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