Sustainable building and organic farming on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia - Canada



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  • Description


    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.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Art project

  • 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.

  • Help


    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.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    20 hours a week

Host ref number: 941847713673