Help on a small scale hobby farm in central Ontario, Canada



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    Our Eco Farm is an incredibly beautiful +16 acre homestead, where we are slowly growing in becoming self-sufficiency. We have over a dozen lay & 100 meat chickens 3 x this year. We had 2 beehives that didn’t make it this past winter and we are hoping to start that up again this summer.

    We grow a yearly organic vegetable garden (mostly for personal use), medicinal herbs, have lavender plants, many perennial flowers, and a beginning baby orchard of over 40 different fruit and nut trees and bushes. We hope to start up some mushroom logs again this spring for harvesting in 2022.

    We have a gorgeous spring fed pond that you can swim in from late May to early September. Ingrid is a Psychotherapist and a Natural Building Architect. She is experienced at teaching courses on these various related subjects, including general homesteading and Sacred Ecology. There may also be opportunities in supporting possible events and/or online training's.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Pratique d’une langue
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide dans une ferme
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique / avec Internet

  • 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

    You will learn how to become a simple homesteader, gardening, (maybe bee care), chicken care, practical day to day skills of how to manage a large property, small-scale natural building and renovation skills, as well as possible holisitic wellness skills.

  • 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


    Due to Covid conditions I am not accepting overnight stays in the house. If you have your own camper van or tent that is helpful. I do have a renovated school bus that may be available that sleeps up to 4 people very comfortably (see last pic in photos). You can set up an outdoor shower or swim in the pond. There will be an outhouse toilet and potable water available.

    I’m more interested in local people who are interested in regular weekly volunteer hours. I may be open to others if there is some skill that doesn’t require constant supervision.

    Looking for outdoor help, with mostly organic (& some Biodynamic/permaculture) gardening, homesteading, chicken care. We have lots of perennial flowers, a large organic veg garden & greenhouse, medicinal herbs, canning/dehydrating/food preservation, small orchard, lay and near chicken care, ( maybe bee care & honey making in September), maybe start-up mushroom logs (May) and possible lavender harvesting (July - Sept). We may experiment with soaps and/or ointment/beauty products.

    I always have a number of natural building projects that are ongoing, from updating/finishing a school bus retrofit (sleeps 4), finishing a small wood sleeping 10' x 10' bunkie (sleeps 4, almost complete now), renovating the inside of a 1 bedroom trailer (sleeps 4), to fixing up the chicken coops, a few large outside art mural ideas. Maybe build also a pond deck and small canopy area this summer.

    The expectation is 5 hours/week, 1-5x/week on Monday - Friday's, sometimes Saturday's & Sunday's. If you are good at self-directed help with some experience in gardening or building, you will be at the very top of the list. Hours may be able to be flexible.

    May also consider 1 person or a couple who would like intern for a few months, starting in May - September. You would have to do your own cooking though due to Covid. There is an outdoor kitchen area with a large propane BBQ and cooler for food that can be protected in the bus (which can be set up as a food prep and eating area in rainy weather.

    We also have a very friendly and active border collie dog and 2 cats.

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Hollandais: Débutant

  • Hébergement


    There is an extra bathroom/shower in the coach house that can be used on weekends and a renovated school bus that can accommodate up to 4 people with a simple compost toilet in the drivers seat area (good for end of May to mid October), as well as a really beautiful wood frame sleeping bunkie that will be finished by June 2021.

    We are often booked well in advance, but due to COVID we have lapsed in accepting people. We are considering people now again (May 2021). If you are interested, please contact me ASAP! I prefer a range of 1 min. - 3 people max. at a time.

    April/May is about preparing and opening up the property mostly and some building reno work. May/beginning of June can be busier for planting the veggie garden, and then in July/August may be more to concentrate on interesting building projects. August/September is more about harvesting and food preservation processes. Although, things can often change at the last minute with workawayer visitors, so please still contact me just in case.

    I look forward to meeting you and working together soon!

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    We are located 1 hour away from downtown Toronto, outside of rush hour traffic (we are north-east of Toronto east of Newmarket, 20 min south of Lake Simcoe). And we are about 1.5 hours away from some great wilderness, canoeing or camping areas up north in the gorgeous Canadian Shield area of giant rocks with crystal veins. Suggestions can be provided of where to sight see trips, local entertainment, etc...

    We tend to eat a very holistic, mostly organic diet, sometimes chicken & fish, with gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or dairy-free options. We have several board games available, hundreds of books on all subjects of homesteading, natural building, holistic health, mental wellness, spirituality and healing that you may read here. We also have percussion instruments including drums, rattles, flutes, guitar for evening fun! Internet is available near the house, outside. There are old DVD movies available too. We also have 2 canoes that can be borrowed, along with wilderness camping equipment.

    I value my privacy greatly, so I expect boundaries to be honored such as in my home, quiet after 10 pm at night, clean up dishes after yourself if not eating with the group, etc. Outdoor 6-8’ apart will be requested due to covid restrictions with masks on if working or meeting slightly closer.

    This is a NON-SMOKING house and property. If you smoke anything while you are here, you will be asked to leave. Alcohol use is minimal, although we do sometimes have some amazing honey mead to try that we have made and/or you may like to purchase your own beer or wine.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Lots of space surrounded by a forest and swimming pond. Possible use of school bus that sleeps up to 4.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Cet hôte a dit qu’il acceptait les personnes voyageant avec un animal.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Approx. 2-5 days a week, between 4-5 hours a day, depending on the level of skill and my availability to supervise

N° de référence hôte : 385916392483