Help with self-sufficiency on a farmstead near Ottawa, Canada

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Homesteading. We have a full little farm so that we can design a life we want & produce more than half of our food. We share knowledge and experiences. We work hard and eat well.

    Looking for hard working, self-motivated and flexible, curious helpers who love to learn while getting dirty.

    Now seeking:
    -Animal Care
    -Gardening & planting
    -Preparing & piling Firewood (with splitter)
    -Re-roofing a rabbit houses and a chicken coop (4-6ft high)
    -House cleaning
    -General maintenance & construction
    -Log Cabin finishing
    *Everyone helps with food prep & kitchen clean-up as part of living together*
    Most people leave confident to make sourdough bread :)

    Open to 10 day stays if you have related experience.
    Ideal time commitment is 3 weeks to 1 month.
    Longer stays for Farmstead Internships available (geared to those with a focus on gardening or building).

    We are in our 8th year farming!!
    We are former travellers setting roots - into a beautiful 18 acres of land, with animals, a creative farmhouse, nestled by a little river, and 50 mins. to Ottawa Canada.

    About us:
    Brandie is the Queen B. She lives this space, crafting, building permaculture garden's, preserving food, strolling with the animals. She works from home & cares for many.
    Elmir works over full time hours so is not always available for farm duties. He is very passionate about all projects future and present. He is skilled at and enjoys streamlining processes.
    Éamon (16) is busy with highschool & home on weekends. He is a very caring, enthusiastic, and engaged human that we love dearly.
    Zion (23) is married to Caelah. They live an hour away. He is a kind fun human with great ingenuity and resourcefulness. He was the main motivator to get this farm + we are grateful.

    This space will be used for gatherings. Agricultural education through oldschool farm experience, stargazing, art classes, prenatal education, weekend picnics, nature / farm classes, creating traditional gourmet food and farm fresh goodies.

    Bring bug spray and a headlight.
    Visitors must have own medical insurance and sign a waiver since farm life has risks.
    You are responsible for your own health and wellbeing. :)

    How to get here: There is no public transit from Ottawa to our farm. Some people find creative ways to get to us. If you would rather ask us for a lift, $20 covers the cost of gas + we can usually find a mutual moment to do this trip.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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 host in a community style. Our experiences run deep from our travels and guests can expect to be made part of the family. We can lead you to both city tourist sites (Ottawa) and country life of our area. Brandie and the boys are bilingual French / English but we speak English at home. We often have people over. There are strong creative juices to soak in and lots of crafts to try. Never boring - the days go by so fast.

  • Help


    5 hours of help a day plus we expect that you fit into our family / community living daily rhythms (meal prep + clean up + sweeping floors is for everyone..) .

    We can not offer a very specific predictable work schedule as the days vary.
    We appreciate independence and self motivation mixed with group brainstorming.

    On our to do list / some are season and resource dependent
    -Log cabin construction
    -Building barn doors
    -Farm fencing
    -Organic gardening using permaculture concepts
    -Housework / cleaning
    -Prepping Firewood
    -Food preservation (fermentation, canning, meat smoking, butter churning..)
    -Cheese making
    -Adding a basement bathroom
    -Animal care (yes, this includes cleaning up after them)
    -Bread baking every couple of days
    -Yard clean-up and maintenance
    -Art on the property
    -Mini horse groundwork and natural horsemanship training
    -Deck construction
    -Set up to establishing a forest mushroom garden next year

    ... let us know what you would like to contribute while you are here :)

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Serbo-Croatian: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Spanish: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Comfortable room with a real bed in the house or camping outside - your choice.
    Meditation / yoga space.
    With a house full of foodies - meals are homemade / family style collective efforts (mostly farm to table).
    We are adaptable to dietary needs.
    We eat our own farm raised meats (no pork) and many of our meals are vegetarian.
    Cook for us and with us!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our home is under an hour from downtown Ottawa. We may go to the city a couple times a week. We can pick our guests up form Aylmer Quebec or Ottawa as there is no public transit here ($20 helps with gas). At the farm, expect a slower life pace that somehow is always in motion. Let some time slide while enjoying breakfast, petting a donkey, resting in the tree house, visiting a nearby beach on the Ottawa River.. We can hike Gatineau Park, visit other farms..

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We are self employed and work from home too :)

  • 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?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 927899571519

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