Learn about farm life at our farm stay in Gabriola Island, BC, Canada

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a young professional couple (Jen - 31, Will - 38) with two tiny humans, Ruxton (4) and Ophelia (2.5) with a rural 5-acre gulf island farm. We also own another 15 acer farm on the South end of the island. We both work in the emergency field (Will is the Fire Chief for the fire department) and (Jenn is a paramedic and a firefighter on the island) we love farming, love the water, and love this island. Gabriola is surrounded by beaches and is one of the most breathtaking places on earth with an amazing farming community.

    On our farm we grow lots of different vegetables and fruits in our 20,000 square foot gardens. Some of these include carrots, lettuce, chard, kale, beets, herbs, peas, corn, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, and garlic. Our garlic crop is our commercial crop and we plant around 12,000 a year. In our orchard we grow five different apple trees, 2 plum trese, three pare trees, five fig trees, 5 hazelnut trees, and two walnut trees. In all our gardens we use sustainable and organic practices and no pesticides or herbicides.

    We also rise laying hens with our current count at 30 + 4 roosters. We sell our eggs at the local farmers market and at a roadside stand. We also feed our hens non-GMO feeds and lots of fresh fruits and veggies.

    In addition to our gardens we have an equine retirement horse boarding facility currently housing five horses. There is a developed riding ring, pasture lands, and near by 707 acre park with an amazing trail system for riding/running/walking.

    We also have a few icelandic sheep on the farm. We use the sheep mostly as breeding stock but also for wool and meat.

    In addition to our farm we also have skills in Cabinetry and Woodworking. We specialize in sustainable start to finish products. From milling dead standing trees to creating and finally installing a finished piece. Our woodworking business is a multigenerational family business with practices and knowledge passed down from generation to generation. We have a 1,000 square foot shop space with all essential equipment. Currently we don't taking on many jobs due to our work in the emergency services, but we are alway fixing/building things on the farm.


    We currently need help in these areas and projects,

    - Child Care (MOST IMPORTANT)
    - Daily animal care for all our animals (feeding, mucking, grooming, etc)
    - Processing and cleaning Garlic
    - Building a woodworking shop addition on the barn (foundation, framing and building work)
    - Finishing our house with more bedrooms and a guest suite (framing, finishing work)
    - Cooking/Cleaning general help around the house
    - Other farm related tasks



    We are excited to learn from our workers and pass on some of the knowledge that we have gained and make new friends.

    Please Note: We will not be accepting workers who are not double vaccinated (our apologies but with young children and the nature of our job we cannot take the risk)

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Jardinage
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide dans une ferme
    Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    We have a extremely dynamic farm and skill set that we love to share with others. We pride ourselves in being able to accomplish all tasks from building our own home, growing our own food, and developing our farm and business. We treat everyone that comes in like a part of our family. We share the same home, have fun and work hard together.

  • Projets impliquant des enfants

    Projets impliquant des enfants

    Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.

  • Aide

    Aide

    - Child Care (4 yr old and 2.5 year old)
    - Processing and cleaning Garlic harvest
    - Building a woodworking shop addition on the barn (foundation, framing and building work)
    - Finishing our house with more bed rooms and a guest suite (framing, finishing work)
    - Planting this seasons crops (lots of different veggies)
    - Cooking/Cleaning general help around the house
    - Daily animal care for all our animals (feeding, mucking, grooming, etc)
    - Garden prep and Weeding
    - Other farm related tasks

    No experience is necessary we are willing to teach if you are patient with us.

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant

  • Hébergement

    Hébergement

    We have two trailers available. On can accommodate a couple or a single and the other just a single person. We hope to build a suite into our home in the future for more accommodations. There is very fast WiFi access to most of the property and in both trailers.

    Food

    We provide all meals for our workers, breakfast is self serve, lunch is provided on work days unless there is something else happening that takes Jenn away from the house. Dinner is always made.
    We use local fresh produce from our farm and surrounding farms. We also do not buy any farmed meat only meat we have raised (such as pigs and chicken) or meat that Will has hunted/fished such as deer and salmon. We make most things from scratch and try and provide the best quality food we can. Jenn is also happy to teach you how to cook if that is an interest for you!

    Though we do eat some vegetarian meals we are not vegetarians, so if you are then you will be expected to cook your own meals.

    Please note we will happily provide an occasional case of beer for a good days work as a treat but we also encourage workers to provide their own alcohol as well if they wish to drink.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Gabriola Island offers a wide variety of beaches and coast line. There are many local pubs and restaurants as well as shops and farmers markets in the summer. We have a 35' sail boat that we often take people out on in the summer time when the weather is nice. There are 707 acres of trails right by our house that are great for walking, running and mountain biking (we have bikes available for use).

    We are a very social family and we often host dinner parties and bonfires at our home. We have been year long hosts for over 6 years and we love a busy happy home.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

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  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

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  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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