Our Family Farm is a Placentia-based farm enterprise business focused on a commercially viable mixed-commodity farm near Placentia in the south west corner of the Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland and Labrador. Current projects focus on an agriculture (beekeeping) operation, a living willow fence nursery, a perennial nursery and greenhouse operation, and a U pick operation. Our Farm is a commercially viable and environmentally sustainable mixed farming enterprise, operating on family farm land which has been in the family for three generations.
The volunteer will work with the owner/manager in projects critical to advancing the farm enterprise.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Travelers will benefit by experiencing local Newfoundland culture, learn the intricacies of all the aspects of a commercial honey bee operation. The traveler will learn how to prepare soil and add amendments for spring planting as well as basic carpentry skills.
COMING SOON, NEW ON-SITE ACCOMODATIONS AND FISHING STAGE RENOVATION!
In early 2018 we added a twelve unit building on-site that is fully furnished with 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a kitchen, and a laundry room. We plan to have these units fully operational by August 1st, 2018.
Also we have recently purchased a 110 year old fishing stage in English Harbor East, Fortune Bay, NL. Our goal is to completely renovate this building by the end of 2018, and ultimately make this space available for our workers/guests. If you are interested in a remote retreat and/or helping near the ocean we could use your help!
Working with the owner/manager you will assist with the following key projects:
#1 Irrigation pond and land drainage project:
• Help design irrigation pond: install pond liner and lay our 150 metres underground piping and valve network to supply greenhouse facility.
#2 Honeybee indoor overwintering storage room
•help construct a 200 square metre indoor overwintering room climatically controlled at 5 degrees Celsius for storage of honeybee nucleus colonies.
#3 Indoor Crop Drying Room (garlic, onion, leek and quinoa)
•help renovate existing hayloft over main barn.
• Help construct a 300 square metre crop drying room.
4) help prepare new ground for small fruit /berry upick operation
5) weeding/ planting and expanding new areas of our farm
6) help layout and construct fence around perimeter of farm
Hands on work/farm experience will be an asset as he/she will be physically helping create new facilities.
Ability to work independently
In early 2018 we added a twelve unit building on-site that is fully furnished with 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a kitchen, and a laundry room. We plan to have these units fully operational by August 1st, 2018. Our on-site standalone facility includes all the modern conveniences. Mini fridge, full bathroom, TV, internet access, convection oven, hotplate, bbq and coffee maker...
Local sightseeing, fishing, kayaking, swimming & hiking available.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week