We are a semi-retired professional couple (environmental management field) in our late 50’s with a 10 acre rural property near Niagara Falls, Canada.
We love to travel and have been across Europe, Thailand and USA.
Our property is a mix of perennial and vegetable garden, cultivated field (willow plantation and hayfield as well as woodland/pond. There are two house cats and a bunny in residence who love attention but have no other animals. We have lots of hobbies and projects on the go including beekeeping and basket making.
Note that the neighbourhood is very quiet and approximately 4 km from town -there is no public transportation . Bicycles are available for use.
Workwayers can learn about all types of gardening as well as growing and harvesting willow for basketmaking. You can also learn some basketry techniques if time allows. Tony is also an avid beekeeper and would love to share his knowledge with anyone!
I am also a knitter and quilter would love to share my skills.
We have Dutch background (parents immigrated from the Netherlands to Canada) and Tony is somewhat fluent in Dutch
Our projects include gardening, growing and harvesting basketry willow, learning about beekeeping as well as home improvement projects. The projects will depend on the time of year. We are looking for someone who can assist with the harvest of our willow usually between late December to late January. The timing is very weather dependent so this time period should be sufficient to work around any snow related delays. Harvesting can be manual cutting or using a gas trimmer, bundling and carrying willow back to the shed for storage. Winter time is also good for building bee hive boxes - if you have a talent for decorative painting that would be a bonus!
We will also be interested in some help in mid April to mid May to help with willow planting (cuttings) as well as other garden maintenance. September and October are also busy times with gardening. Household maintenance projects would mostly include indoor painting (any time of year) or perhaps some outdoor deck building (spring/summer only). We would be looking for help 4-5 hours per day, 5 days per week and are flexible which days.
English, some Dutch
We have a bedroom available with a queen bed. This would suit a single person or possibly a couple. A bathroom would be available for exclusive use by the workawayer.
Meals can be flexible, you can cook your own or we could cook for you. We generally follow a whole food diet with low carbs so you would have tell us what you would like us to cook.
Our location in the Niagara Peninsula is approximately 20 minutes from Niagara Falls and 35 minutes from Niagara on the Lake. This area is very popular with tourists for sightseeing, wineries, breweries and many events spring to fall. We would be happy to show our workawayers the surrounding areas.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week