Join us in developing a free lifestyle & working with honey bees, chickens and rabbits in Canada

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  • Última actividad: 12 sept 2023



 Estancia mínima:  1 mes o más



  • Descripción


    Hi, my name is Victor. I'm a business man and a farmer. I own 2 small companies. My dream and goal is to develop a totally self-sustaining life. We live 100% off grid using solar to power our home and farm. Our water source is a well and aquifer. We're on 45 acres. Between 2020 and 2022 we dug a 3/4 acre 18' deep pond with our own beach. We also built 12 bunkies, (4 cabins that sleep up to 4, 1 treehouse cabin that sleeps up to 10, 4 cook houses 1 yurt that sits 20 people, 2 cabins for chickens and 1 cabin for rabbits. Our farm is an experimental, biodynamic and holistic. We seek to live in the circle of life harmoniously. We are excited about this opportunity to share our dreams with others. Come join us at Anastasia's Domain!

    Here is a published article about us:

    Starting a Sustainable Farm – From the Ground Up.

    New farmers Victor and Julia left city life in Montreal in 2016, when they purchased a fifty-acre farm in eastern Ontario. The farm is a five-minute walk from downtown Alexandria and is surrounded by 1000 acres of publicly-owned park meadow, forest and wetlands. There’s a public boardwalk right on the edge of their property, which suits the couple perfectly: Their dream is to open the farm to others who want to learn about sustainable farming and homesteading.
    To date, they keep bees, chickens and rabbits. They also maintain gardens and an apple orchard. They originally discovered about 150 apple trees when they first arrived on the property and later found another hundred or so in rewilded bush. They decided to keep some areas as a natural orchard.
    Four years later, working with nature is still top of mind as they explore the property’s potential. With every decision, Victor asks, “How can what I do be sustainable, and how can I help others?”
    Victor spent several years working in various sectors, from missions to business, before starting the farm. He continues to operate a shipping company in Montreal. Julia is an engineer.
    “We’re fortunate because we didn’t need this as a source of revenue,” Victor explains. This gives them the ability to try new things on the farm. “As my business advisor tells me, ‘It’s not trial and error – It’s experimental development!’”
    Victor’s first passion is beekeeping. He poured hours and hours into research before they caught their own swarms three years ago. That first year, they started out with nine hives, but lost six over the winter.
    “I sat in front of my dead colonies and felt real remorse,” Victor reflected. “What was I doing?”
    But they didn’t give up.
    The second year, they expanded to thirty colonies and extracted 3,000 pounds of honey, but they still ended that winter with only two live colonies. Victor continued his research. He now credits the work of Thomas D. Seeley, a world-renowned expert, for the changes he’s made since then.
    Taking cues from wild honey bees, Victor built his own hives, which are higher from the ground than standard industry hives. They also have thicker walls and mimic the dimensions preferred by wild honey bees, which tend to seek out holes in trees with a capacity of around 70L and openings of about four inches in diameter. He leaves the hives’ two bottom boxes alone and will extract honey only from a third box on top.
    His hives are also spread out across his property, along a winding, five-kilometre trail that Victor affectionately calls his “bee highway.” The bees can take advantage of the natural areas bordering the farm, which gives them plenty of space to roam.
    “This year, the concept of social distancing really hit home,” Victor comments. “Animals practice that in their own environment naturally.”
    Victor, like most beekeepers, is fascinated by the way bees work as one body. “They operate in a collective, it’s a living organism. One colony is like one animal. And I’m operating in the collective – I’m a co-creator.”
    This approach to co-creativeness is at play in other areas of the farm, too, where the Brassards are hard at work on new projects. So far, they’ve put in an irrigation pond to support their gardens, a greenhouse to provide fresh food for their rabbits in winter, and a sawmill to cut wood from the bush for their hives.
    They’ve also built a cookhouse and some bunkies for guests who want to come and learn more about sustainable farming. They already have a few regulars, friends and family who come and help out on the farm. Victor and Julia also have a burgeoning farming business, selling honey, eggs, chicken, rabbit and preserves.
    Julia and Victor have a blended family of seven children, six of whom are grown. Their youngest, four-year-old Anastasia, is the farm’s namesake.
    “Anastasia means new life,” Victor explains. The idea of new life ties in closely with their purpose on the farm. “We have all kinds of things growing here, and I have the opportunity to co-create. We can carve it into something sustainable that gives life.”

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Proyectos artísticos
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Construcción y bricolaje
    Cuidado de animales
    Ayuda en una granja
    Mantenimiento general
    Ayuda informática
  • Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de las NU
    Fin de la pobreza
    Hambre cero
    Salud y bienestar
    Educación de calidad
    Igualdad de género
    Agua limpia y saneamiento
    Energía asequible y no contaminante
    Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
    Industria, innovación e infraestructura
    Reducción de las desigualdades
    Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
    Producción y consumo responsables
    Acción por el clima
    Vida submarina
    Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
    Paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas
    Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    This is a pioneer adventure, combining natural living and technologies that are self-sustaining. This is an opportunity to experiment, grow and expand your senses developing a free lifestyle, working with honey bees, chickens and rabbits and gardening year around. We don't offer a salary but are looking for volunteers.

  • El anfitrión ofrece una paga acorde al salario mínimo

    El anfitrión ofrece una paga acorde al salario mínimo

    Este anfitrión ofrece alojamiento y paga.

    El anfitrión ha indicado que pagará al menos el salario mínimo por hora de su país por cada hora trabajada y que también ofrecerá alojamiento. Pide ayuda con un negocio o una actividad empresarial. Ponte en contacto directamente con el anfitrión mediante la mensajería de la página para obtener más información y detalles sobre el salario ofrecido. Cualquier acuerdo con el anfitrión debe cerrarse por anticipado.

  • Ayuda


    We live off grid, using solar and wind power, on 50 acres of meadows, forest, wet lands and agriculture. We want to build cabins in our forest that are 100% self-sustaining year around. We are looking for creative visionary people who want to learn about permaculture and develop this type of lifestyle.

    In the spring of 2023 we want to build a 4 season greenhouse underground . We want you to clear trails and meadows, assist in building greenhouse, to work in the gardens and with the bees, chickens and rabbits. This spring 2023 we will be erecting a 2000' fense and building 2 animal shelters and introducing sheep, goats, pigs and ponies!

  • Idiomas

    Idiomas hablados
    Inglés: Fluido
    Francés: Fluido
    Ruso: Fluido
    Ukrainian: Fluido

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    Ponte en contacto con él para obtener más información.

  • Alojamiento


    We have accommodations in 5 off the grid cabins. Each cabin has it's own solar panel, wood heat and cooking stove, and 4 cookhouses that are rented out
    Our workawayers stay is our fully equipped 27' 2021 Jayco RV trailer and a 30" RV with all the amenities provided.

  • Algo más...

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    We are located 1 hour from both Montreal and Ottawa and 4.5 hours from Toronto, in the small town of Alexandria, Ontario. This will be our 1st experience with volunteers. We moved here in November of 2016 and are learning and growing in this life style. We speak English, French, Ukrainian and Russian.

  • Un poco más de información

    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Any type of vehicle can be parked as we have 50 acres

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    Más de dos

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    Horas esperadas

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Número de referencia de anfitrión: 967634269446

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Help us with everyday task around our home on an eco-friendly farm in Canada
Se voluntario en el valle de Thompson BC