We have been building a sustainable, off-the-grid cob village for the past 10 years. My daughter, her 3 little dogs and cat, and our free-range, organic chickens all seem to thrive here. I kinda like it, too.
If you like to learn new ways and don't mind getting a little dirty (we have cool and hot showers to clean up afterwards), you'll enjoy our home and gardens. If you love to cook, all the better, but I love cooking so it's not critical. We have 2 sunovens to use; for cloudy days, there is a wood cookstove and a two burner propane stove. No experience with any of these is necessary, they are very easy to use.
Our garden provides much of our food year-round and our neighbours add to that. The 5 laying hens are happy and we're raising 18 chicks right now!
We're continuing to finish our main house which is another cob structure, as well as building another cob woodshed.
And if you tire of us, there's so much to do on Lasqueti Island, you'll never be short of projects and interests.
We get around by bike and have two extra bikes for guests; you'd be welcome to use one.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We try to live as sustainably as we can and rarely use fossil fuels in any way. We love our lives and can show you that life without stuff can be very enjoyable and relatively easy. Lasqueti has lots to offer and we can connect you to others that may be even more interesting to you.
We mostly eat and almost always cook vegetarian, but with an abundance of eggs, we aren't vegan, but you can be.
If you help cook, my daughter and I eat a lot since we work hard physically all day but we're not picky in terms of taste.
I'm glad to do our eating dishes at the end of each day.
Gardening here primarily means watering everyday. The chickens love our kale so culling older leaves and pulling unwanted plants (grass in particular) gives the chickens a tasty snack. An hour a day would be plenty of time for watering without rushing and being water-wise. We have apple, peach, nectarine and plum trees, 3 kinds of berries, a greenhouse and two gardens.
We're pretty easy going and enjoy most moments of everyday. You'll be encouraged to do so, too.
English is fluent; French, Spanish, German, Krio are not fluent but spoken
You would be welcome to tent for as long as you'd like and have access to cool or hot showers. If you need more than a place to tent, we can arrange for our Guest Tent that is an old prospector's tent on a cedar platform to be available for part of your stay. Depending on timing, one of our cob cottages could also be available.
Our home is in a forest on a hill, overlooking a marsh down a very quiet road, accessible only by passenger ferry. There is a great swimming area about 4km away (20 minutes by bike) and a quiet rocky beach about 30 minutes away by jogging.
Water use at our home is VERY limited; we have enough for drinking, cooking and washing, but long showers or baths are not at all available except during the rainy season (Nov-Mar). We collect our own water from a seasonal spring. Grey (used) water is used in the garden.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week