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UPDATE IN THE FACE OF COVID-19
I AM LOOKING FOR ONE OR TWO HARDWORKING INDIVIDUALS WITH SOME EXPERIENCE WITH EITHER GARDENING AND FARMING, OR CLEARING LAND, FIREWOOD, MILLING, AND/OR CARPENTRY, WHO WANT A SINGLE PLACEMENT FOR THE ENTIRE SPRING AND SUMMER SEASON AND ARE WILLING TO PUT UP WITH RUSTIC LIVING AND TO BE RELATIVELY SOCIALLY ISOLATED. THERE IS AN 80-YEAR-OLD GRANDMOTHER HERE ON THE HOMESTEAD, AND WE CANNOT PUT HER IN DANGER OF GETTING THE VIRUS. ALSO, SALT SPRING ISLAND DOES NOT WANT PEOPLE COMING AND GOING, SO IF YOU DO COME HERE YOU WILL NEED TO QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS. WE DO HAVE HIGH SPEED INTERNET.
Hi! Wanna help build an organic farm homestead on nine forested acres on Salt Spring Island?
The acreage is located on Maxwell mountain, a 10 minute drive from the town of Ganges, on Salt Spring Island. It is right beside some great hiking trails that go all the way to Burgoyne Bay. There are nine acres of mixed forest and three seasonal creeks.
I'm a woman in my late 40's, a retired academic. I've spent the past few years learning skills in carpentry, timber framing, and cob-building...and beekeeping...and am now putting these skills into action on the homestead. I've done some clearing and have a nice pile of logs to start building with.
There is a very cute mini-excavator on the homestead, and I spent last summer building a driveway and putting in power lines. The priority this summer is the waterline...and a sauna and hot tub.... The plan is to plant some fruit and nut trees this fall, and begin work on building a studio.
The homestead also operates a table at the Saturday Market.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
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.
In July the priority is to put in the water line. This will involve us doing some digging by hand in order to get underneath roots without hurting the trees. We'll be spending some time preparing goods for the Saturday Market and participating in the market. Later in the summer we'll be building a sauna. In the fall we'll be planting some fruit trees.
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.
Salt Spring Island is fun, inspiring, and beautiful.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
20 hours a week