We are a family of 5. Oren works as a Clinical Herbalist and as a post production supervisor - two very different worlds! I (Caitlin) am home with the kids, managing the house/gardens and also running a small Waldorf toy making business.
Lilah is 5 this May and Hazel will be 2, (also in May) Finlay arrived at the end of last September and is just learning to crawl.
Lilah attended a local Waldorf school last year and will be returning this September. With her baby brother being born we decided too much was going on, and that homeschooling for a year made the most sense.
We have been at our home for two years, and there is a lot of work to do in the gardens - We have plans for extensive medicinal and dye gardens, as well as large vegetable gardens. This year we will be expanding our chicken flock and hopefully building a cob greenhouse. We are learning permaculture techniques and are looking to expand our knowledge of biodynamic agriculture.
We have three cats, so if you have cat allergies, be warned! They are very friendly.
Our home is located near picturesque towns of the South Shore of Nova Scotia, there are plenty of beaches and bike trails to explore.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Help around the house
Mainly, we are putting a lot of energy into the gardens right now. Help with the gardens, preparing beds and clearing brush are priorities. We also are building a children's play area and terracing a hillside.
Our house is a small farmhouse built in 1896. Options for accommodation are sleeping in a tent in the yard, or in the walk up rustic attic.
We can provide a tent, and some bedding, but would recommend bringing your own sleeping bag.
We eat organic foods prepared from scratch, and frequent our local farmers market every week. What we don't grow, we buy from those we know! (For the most part). Oren is gluten free and dairy free, and Caitlin is vegetarian, so we can accommodate most food sensitivities.
We have two full bathrooms - one whose shower needs the drain sealed - a washer/dryer, full kitchen and 3 cats.
We are 45 min. from Halifax. The towns of Mahone Bay, Lunenburg and Chester are all very close, and there are events going on all the time!
Guests are considered part of the family and we hope you will make yourself at home during your stay. With three small children life here is hectic and beautiful and energetic. We like to work hard, play hard and sleep hard! If you do not enjoy spending time with children, this is not the place for you!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hrs/ day