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.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
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.
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
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
Can host families
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.
Yes, we have lots of space for campervans!
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.
More than two
25 hours a week