A magical rainforest homestead on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

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  • Last activity: 22 May 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks



  • Description


    The Farm is located on the side of Maxwell mountain, a 10 minute drive from the town of Ganges, on Salt Spring Island. It is close to some great hiking trails. We have nine acres of mixed forest and three seasonal creeks.

    Our projects include permaculture gardening, beekeeping, natural building and timber framing, clearing and installing services, processing firewood, and milling lumber.

    We offer a basic work-trade exchange:
    25 hours per week of labour in return for:
    -Accommodation on the property in a tent or trailer.
    -Access to: water, electricity, wifi, an outdoor kitchen, and an outdoor hot water shower.

    Individuals are responsible for cooking and cleaning up after their own meals. Staples—oils, grains, and spices—are provided. Homestead eggs and produce are available when available. Note: housekeeping and meetings are not included in the exchange hours.

    Long-term accommodation can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

    Learning opportunities are available for candidates interested in developing the following “homesteading” skills: permaculture and food production, excavator operation, milling lumber, natural building, carpentry and timber framing, plumbing and water systems.

    We offer these opportunities in a number of formats, including apprentice and internship positions, labour-for-learning trades, and tuition-based tutorials and workshops. Apprentices will be paid wages commensurate with competence and productivity. Please contact us to learn more. We are especially committed to women's skill-building in the trades, and people of all genders are welcome to apply.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • 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

    Travellers could learn various sustainable building and farming skills, and market artisan skills.

    Salt Spring has a lot to offer culturally. There is a thriving art scene. There is a lot of live music, a strong dance scene, including a lot of contact improvisation, and a lot of yoga. There are also interesting public lecture series, a documentary film festival...not to mention great hiking, kayaking, some rock climbing spots....

    At the moment I'm happy exploring the hiking trail network beside the homestead. I usually head to Dance Temple at least once a week, and enjoy attending evening performances at La Mateada.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    A workawayer's role in the homestead is individually negotiated based on the both the needs of the homestead and the experience and interests of the workawayer. There is gardening, chickens and ducks to look after, services to run, carpentry and building to do, a sawmill to run, firewood to get in, a market to sell goods at, etc

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    This summer we have glamping accommodation: your own large tent with a full super-comfortable mattress.

    There is a cabin area with a good internet connection, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, a hot water shower, and a composting toilet.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Salt Spring Island is fun, inspiring, and beautiful.

  • 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 have two internet connections--each in a different section of the property. One is a satellite connection, which usually works well, but not always. The other is a cable connection, which, thankfully, is very reliable.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Yes, we have lots of space for campervans!

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have a large and very friendly dog named Qika. Other friendly and well-behaved dogs are also welcome. The acreage is not (yet) fenced, and dogs must stay on the property. There are farms with livestock in the area. We are located close to a network of trails which are great for dog walking.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    25 hours a week

Host ref number: 941847713673

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