Experience off-grid living on a 36 acre farmstead nestled in the Chilliwack River Valley in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada

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  • Description

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    Our off-grid 36 acre farmstead is just over an hour from Vancouver, but far away from the hectic pace of urban life. Cristal and Stephan work full time in mental health and education, while raising children, cattle, pigs and chickens! We have four children between the ages of 23 and 16; currently three of them live at home. We are not afraid of hard work, but we also enjoy the Italian motto of "il tempo giusto". Craft beer and wine on one of our outdoor patios round out many a sunny summer evening, while rainy evenings are best enjoyed in the outdoor hot tub.

    Jade Pond Acres is a work-in-progress: juggling work, family life, animal husbandry, and building additions takes time! We are surrounded by forests and meadows, and a key feature of our farm is the two-thirds of acre fresh water pond -- we swim and boat in the summer, and spend free time around the campfire pit on the sandy shore.

    We regularly see deer pass across our pastures, see black bears several times a year, and have seen cougars twice in 16 years. Coyotes and crows annoy the chickens, but our friendly farm dog Jasmine does a good job of keeping them at bay. Our aloof farm cat Salsa is a great mouser.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cristal grew up in Mumbai and Dubai before studying in London, Chicago and Montreal. Stephan grew up in Chilliwack, but fell in love with the Francophone world as a teenager and lived in Nice and Montreal for a total of six years before returning to the Fraser Valley. Our children have studied in Germany and France, and our entire family values the rich diversity of humanity. We have hosted numerous exchange students for anywhere from two weeks to 5 months.

    Meals reflect not only our own multicultural upbringings but also our interest in international cuisines. We also appreciate the 100 mile diet; in fact, we are proud to say that in the summer, we often eat food that comes from within a hundred metres of our kitchen!

    Cristal is an expert on hiking the local mountains, while Stephan's ruined knees make him better suited to looking at them. Join one of us, depending on your energy level and mood on any given day.

    Your experience in our family would not be the typical Canadian experience, in that our remote Chilliwack River Valley farmstead and our lifestyle is different from urban or suburban living; however, we enjoy sharing what we have and explaining what we do with others, and look forward to welcoming like-minded individuals!

    We speak English, German and French, although English is the main language of the household.

  • Help

    Help

    "Under construction" best sums up Jade Pond Acres. In the short term, fence posts and wire fencing need to be installed, some pathways need to be placed in stamped concrete, and a wood-fired bread/pizza oven needs to be built. A vegetable garden and small greenhouse need a green thumb, and there is always cooking and cleaning to keep the household going!

    Longer term, we would like to develop a walking path around our two ponds, and create a landscaped ornamental garden around one of the ponds (18th century British landscape? Japanese inspired? Who knows?).

    We would hope for approximately 20 hours of help a week. Except for July and August, there would be some weekend work and irregular weekday hours, depending on our guests' skill-sets and our own work schedules. During the summer, we work four hours in the morning five days a week and then have the afternoon for relaxing at Jade Pond Acres or exploring the remarkable nature of the Fraser Valley.

    You don't need to be skilled, as long as you are a quick learner and willing to work! That's how we learned to build up Jade Pond Acres without prior experience. That being said, you must be willing to learn to operate a tractor and implements, a chainsaw, and a brush cutter, as these are used from time to time.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have one bedroom available, with a shared bathroom. This bedroom is currently set up with two twin beds that can be pushed together to form a king (albeit with a small gap between the mattresses).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Chilliwack is located in the heart of the Fraser Valley, with many mountains, lakes and rivers within easy driving distance. While you would need a car to be completely independent, or in really good physical shape and happy to jump on a bike to get around, we are happy to drive you either to public transit or to go on trips together. We also just like hanging out at home, and we are sure you will too, once you get to know Jade Pond Acres. For more on our area, simply google TourismChilliwack and enjoy the opportunities!

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

An aerial view of the house
Harvest time
The homestead in the Fall with Elk -Thurston mountain range in the background.
Jade Pond
rainbow country
Summertime al fresco dining
Happy pigs taste better
Cut flower garden
Farm fresh eggs provided by these girls
Local food and wine with Mount McGuire
hot tub and greenhouse
Wintertime view of Church Mountain from the hot tub.
Tractor training...
The family: Back row - Carl & Stephan Front row - Sofia, Cristal, Emilie, & Anne
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