Help on a family farm in a very beautiful, pristine, forested setting in Ontario, Canada

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Canada

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    26/05/2021

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  2021 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Greetings,
    We have a family farm nestled in the hills near a small town called Wilno, in Ontario, Canada. We have modest and expanding family gardens, raise a few animals, and we have a sizable 2200 tap maple syrup operation.
    On our farm, we also produce and sell lumber that we make on our portable bandsaw mill.
    We also have 2 young children (age 1 and 3).

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Animal Care

  • 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

    We live in a very beautiful, pristine and unique place tucked away in the forest. We have wonderful young neighbours that we get together with fairly frequently to play music and campfires and barbeques etc.

    Our property is very beautiful. We have numerous water springs, and some very large trees, apple trees etc, and we are rural and quiet. We have a cedar log sauna that we built that guests are encouraged and welcome to use regularly if you like. You are practicing organic farming approaches, and you will have the opportunity to learn about maple syrup production.

    We have 2 small guest cabins where workawayers will be staying. These cabins are not equipped with running water or electricity, and are heated with wood stoves in the winter time. It is certainly a fairly rugged living situation that is not suited for all. Guests will have access to our home with internet, electricity, running water etc.

    As I mentioned, we are very easy going, and easy to get along with.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    Work here varies depending on the time of year. During spring and summer, we are normally putting a fair bit of energy into our gardens and animals (with fencing etc). We also make firewood (which we use to boil our maple sap during the maple syrup season) and lumber in this time.
    We attend a weekly farmers market on Fridays in Barry's Bay where we sell our syrup, and other farm products

    Usually mid-summer and fall we are busy with various construction projects - planning to build a greenhouse this year, an extension on our home, and an extension on our sugar shack.

    In the winter, we spend a fair bit of time logging to build up piles of logs that we will plan to mill into lumber the following spring. And we also start preparing for maple syrup season, which begins usually late February and runs into late April.

    We are very easy going, and happy people, and we will try to set you up with jobs that would seem like an appropriate fit. ex: childcare and help with cooking/cleaning etc around the house)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    As I mentioned, workawayers will stay in a separate cabin from our home. These cabins are equipped with solar lights, and a small kitchenette. They are clean and cozy, but small, and somewhat rugged. The cabins have an outhouse.
    Workawayers will have access to our small home, and we will plan to do mostly all the cooking and eating communally in our home. We try to eat a local and organic diet as much as we are able to. This year, we are planning on expanding our gardens, so hopefully there's lots of fresh vegetable to go around! We also have our own organic meat.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The countryside around where we live has a vast network of trails where workawayers will be able to go on nature walks in the forest. There is a beautiful waterfall about a 15 min walk where we often go for swims in the summertime.
    We also try to get out canoeing and fishing a little bit in the summertime.

    Guests can expect privacy and tranquility, and also fairly physical, wholesome type of work.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week




Host ref number: 965865931544