Here at Antler Ridge Ranch there are two ventures; Antler Ridge Cattle Ranch (owned and operated by Mark & Jackie) and Maverick Farms Ethical Meats (owned and operated by Ali & Tyler). Both operations focus on ethical farming and educating the public on the importance of raising healthy, happy livestock. Antler Ridge raises beef cattle and Maverick Farms raises sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, cattle, turkeys and rabbits. We are proud to supply our community with hormone free, naturally raised meat. Maverick Farms often provides petting zoos/pony rides for community events as well.
For 2019, volunteers will be working for both operations. Work could include building/finishing new animal housing/pens; fencing new pastures; daily care of sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, dogs, cats, cows, and horses; checking/fixing fences; rock-picking/stick-picking in pastures and pens, attending/helping at petting zoos; setting up and maintaining a garden; help in the house; cutting/collecting firewood and more!
We are looking for volunteers who can learn fast and have the ability to buckle down and get the job done without constant supervision. We are looking for people who are quiet and respectful, both indoors and out. Respect of our equipment is also very important. What might seem fun for you one day could end up costing us thousands.
After work is done, there may be the opportunity to enjoy a game of horseshoes, a swim in beautiful Bridge Lake (10 minute walk to the lake directly opposite the driveway), or a hike through the forest. Or maybe time to practice your roping skills on our calf dummy, or listen to the guitar around the campfire. Life on the farm isn't easy; there's always work to do, but we find that with teamwork and laughter, any chore can be made fun! "Watching the clock" doesn't work here as we work until the work is done; the animals comes first! In return for your hard work we make sure to immerse you in our local culture, as well as showing you the sites, taking you to events, and offering as fulfilling as an exchange as possible. Bring some spending money because theres a lot of fun stuff to do in our amazing community!
We are looking for eager, outgoing workaways, between ages 25-35. No preference of gender, religion, or ethnicity. Must be outdoorsy and hardworking. Preferably someone with experience with carpentry, handy-man work, or animal care, but all applicants will be considered, regardless of experience, as long as they have a hardworking, willing to learn attitude.
Volunteers must be physically fit. Experience in livestock care, fencing, gardening, and hard work will be preferred, but the main thing we are looking for in workaways is the ability to do any type of work giving 100% and with a smile. We are fully prepared to teach you and will definitely appreciate a willing to learn attitude.
Help in the house
Our community is brimming with activity and truly represents the Canadian spirit. We raise and butcher our own animals here on the farm. We believe in ethically raised meat, providing our animals with love and respect in their lives and a respectful and painless death. We also use every part of the animal to respect them even in death. Due to this aspect of farming, vegans/vegetarians may not fit in well here. We love teaching people about ethical farming practices and have had many volunteers leave and choose to continue this lifestyle, even if it means sourcing their meat from local farms etc (instead of grocery stores). We also love teaching people about respect for nature and our environment and enjoy spending as much time outside as possible. During the summer there are many community events for volunteers to enjoy; some we can take you to, some you can take yourself to if you have a vehicle, such as rodeos, live music concerts, fairs, markets etc.
We need help with gardening, animal care, building (including shelters, fences, and other farm requirements), maintenance (rock picking, yard cleanup, clean out of shelters/coops) and more. Jobs change daily and we need a volunteer who doesn't mind going with the flow, switching things up, long hours, and some dirt under the finger nails!
Private room (queen bed) with shared bathroom with other volunteers (or private). Meals will be provided, help in the kitchen/cleanup is required as well as cleaning up after yourself in common areas and keeping your room/bathroom clean and tidy. Breakfast is usually cereal/toast and sometimes some kind of eggs (from our own happy hens), lunch could be soup, salad, sandwiches and/or leftovers from the previous dinner. Dinner is usually well balanced meals comprised of meat, vegetables, and carbs. 4 out of the 6 adults living in the house have a different way of eating so separate meals are already being prepared and volunteers will be included in the traditional way of eating :) If you require anything fancy or believe you may still be hungry after meals or between meals we can bring you along when we go grocery shopping and you can purchase some things for yourself to either keep in your room or we can make you a spot in the pantry/fridge :)
We have many great walking trails and mountain bikes available for volunteers to use. We are also lucky to live beside Bridge Lake, a very popular fishing/boating lake, so visits to the lake are common through the summer. It is a great place to cool off after a day of work on the farm! The best way to get to the farm is to make your way to 100 Mile House via bus from one of the major cities. We can then pick you up from there. Pickups from Kamloops can usually be arranged. Our home is friendly and open and usually brimming with activity. We do not smoke, do drugs or drink excessively and expect the same from our volunteers. As we are at risk of wildfire in our area due to high amount of fuel in the forests we Kindly ask that those who smoke tobacco do not apply. Alcohol is allowed though being responsible and knowing your limits is required. Sloppy drunks need not apply! We appreciate our privacy and know volunteers do as well. We aren't pristine or obsessed with cleaning but we do ask you keep your room and bathroom tidy and relatively clean during your stay and then clean your bathroom fully and clean/wash your sheets before you leave the farm. We also ask that volunteers clean up after themselves in the common areas and help with after-meal cleanup, vacuuming etc in their off-time.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Unknown/Varies max 25 hours a week, 2 days off