We need farm help and offer a cultural exchange near Ottawa, Canada



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  • Description


    We would be happy to host hard working and flexible helpers.
    -Building and/or electrical experience
    -Manual labour to clear compost from the barn
    -Animal Care & Gardening
    -House cleaning + food prep
    -Resident artist
    -Live in teacher (for 13 year old)
    -maybe a web designer?..

    We are in our 4th year farming!!
    We are former travellers setting deeper roots - into a beautiful place. 18 acres of land, a barn, animals, creative open farmhouse, nestled by a river, and 50 mins. to Ottawa Canada.

    About us:
    Zion's (age 20) self motivated building projects (ie. tree house and welding). Interest in machanics, establishing a survival course for kids, community Fairs..
    Eamon's (age 13) passion is his Chickens, Chicks, and Eggs (not sure which came first). Also loves playing games, playing piano, drama, basketball, and swimming.
    Elmir works over full time hours from home so is here but not always available. He is very passionate about all of our projects future and present!
    Brandie enjoys this soul bursting space, crafting, building permaculture garden's , preserving food, and taking morning strolls with the animals.
    *Recipes for happy and healthy when the work is shared*
    Note: Our life, farm demands, and tasks change seasonally.
    Food preparation and cleaning is year round.

    This space will be used for gatherings. The vision: Argicultural education through living an oldschool farm experience, stargazing, art classes, prenatal education, weekend picnics, nature / farm schools, the traditional gourmet food and farm fresh goodies.

  • 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
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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 host in a community style. Our experiences run deep from our travels and our guests can expect to be made part of the family (and extended family). We can lead you to both city tourist sites (Ottawa) and the country life of the area. Both of our boys are outgoing and we all freely share what we know while continuing to learn. Brandie and the children are bilingual French / English but mostly we speak English at home. We often have families over. There are strong creative juices to soak in and lots of crafts to try.
    Bring clothes for all weather. Expect to get dirty and work hard (there are always jobs on the go and others waiting to be done).

  • Help


    We ask for 5 hours of help a day, as well as an expectation that you fit into our family life flow (help with meal prep and clean up, sweeping floors, ..) . We can not offer a very specific predictable work schedule as the days vary.

    On our to do list / some season dependent: (extra points for self initiating a job that you see needing done. We appreciate independence and self motivation mixed with some group brainstorming)
    -Building barn doors
    -Farm fencing
    -Restoring a fibreglass Kayak
    -Organic gardening using permaculture concepts
    -Housework / cleaning
    -Prepping Firewood
    -Build extra chicken run
    -Food preservation (fermentation, canning, meat smoking, butter churning..)
    -Cheese making
    -Re-build base of barn in traditional cedar cord wood style (months long major project)
    -Making a bathroom
    -Building compost toilets
    -Animal care (yes, this includes cleaning up after them)
    -Bread baking every couple of days / planning and building outdoor oven + smoker
    -Yard clean-up and maintenance
    -Nature/farm school curriculum and facilitation
    -Campsite designs and building a natural playground
    -Art on the property
    -Horse groundwork and natural horsemanship training
    -Deck construction
    -Establishing a forest mushroom garden next year

    ... let us know what you would like to contribute while you are here :) (some are dependent on season, resource availability, and others are ongoing..)

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Bosnian: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

    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, clean, private room with a real bed in the house, or camping outside - you choose.
    Shared washroom.
    With a house full of foodies - meals will be fresh homemade family style collective efforts.
    We will have a set time for late breakfast and dinner - Otherwise food will be left to help yourself.
    We are adaptable to dietary needs and, as much as we do eat meat (just not pork), many of our meals are vegetarian. Feel welcome to cook too!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our home is under an hour from downtown Ottawa and we go to the city a couple times a week. We can pick our guests up form Aylmer Quebec as there is no public transit here. At the farm, expect a slower life pace that somehow always has motion. Let some time slide while enjoying a slow 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

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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