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Must love dogs! I have 2 big dogs and 4 little dogs (yup 6 dogs). They are all super friendly and love attention. Mostly rescues and also 2 friendly farm cats. They will follow you all day long and love to help with garden chores. Dont worry though - your private space is pet free. Hard and fast rule - no pets in the trailer and no cats in the house.
May- We will prep and plant two vegetable gardens. One has raised beds and the open garden has perennials and lots of room for cold crops. I have 3 large composts. We will set up water collection systems, soaker hoses, timers and gravity feeds in the garden. Mostly just watering and weeding after that. Hot tub was just emptied and cleaned - perfect for soaking before bed.
June- Seedlings started indoors under lights go out into the garden in June. That mostly includes tomatoes and peppers. And a few flowers. Come learn everything you need to know about putting in a family farm garden. Composting, mulching, water management, no dig, organic methods, permaculture practices. In June we will set up the swimming pool. Great to keep cool after a hot day in the garden.
I prefer to work mornings so you can take the sunny afternoons off to go hiking or sightseeing in the mountains. Plus its a bit cooler. However, we are very flexible if you want to arrange hiking and camping trips.
I usually prefer to host couples or friends traveling together. There is lots to do on the farm and gardening is always more fun with friends. Preference will be given to those with a genuine interest in gardening. We are flexible in terms of work hours and time off if you want to plan trips to the mountains or the city.
We acquired a pretty new, very clean, travel trailer for helpers to stay in. It is your own private space with a view of the valley, mountains and stars at night. It does have power and your own small fridge. We put in a full bathroom close by but the trailer has a toilet if you need in the night.
We provide milk, fruit, cereal etc for breakfast in the trailer or if you want coffee and hot breakfast you are welcome in the house. Meals are in the house or on the deck every day and volunteers are invited to help with meal planning, prep and cleanup.
We are close to DeWinton, Okotoks, Millarville, Black Diamond / Turner Valley, Priddis, Bragg Creek etc.
The farm is located less than 15 minutes from Calgary and the LRT Train station. We live on a small (20 acre) family farm just south of Calgary. We have vegetable and herb gardens, 2 cats, a large but friendly Marremma (like a GP), a rough coat collie and 4 little house dogs. No animals in the trailer - ever - for those with allergies.
I like to host couples / friends traveling together. We have more fun working together as a team. I am happy to work with foreign guests looking to improve their English skills.
We are a very small family farm. Work will consist mostly of tending to the vegetable and herb gardens. You can also ride the mower, weed the gardens, work the compost bins, and tend to fences. I appreciate help preparing meals and cleaning up as necessary. Expect to spend the majority of your days outside. Afternoons are spent in the pool (June July August) and you are welcome to start or end your day in the hot tub.
We are a happily married couple, 30+ years with no children. Lance is in IT and Kathleen is retired from a career in sales. After a sunny day in the garden we spend our evenings in the pool and relaxing by the fire. It is a very private and quiet rural setting.
Day trips to Banff/Canmore/Bragg Creek/Black Diamond/Okotoks can be arranged for volunteers staying longer. Calgary and the the LRT station are only 15 minutes away.
I have asthma and am very sensitive to perfume and scents. Please refrain from using strong perfume, aftershave or cologne and even some scented shampoo and conditioners or body wash products (I'll let you know.)
We have excellent wifi in our home.
BY THE WAY . . .
My guests have told me to add a note to say that the food here is very good.
Apparently that isn't always case . . . I do like to cook.
I shop for fresh, organic food from the farmers market every week.
You are welcome to join me so that we make things we will all enjoy.
We always have lots of fresh fruit and homemade treats (cookies/brownies/muffins) around.
If you like fresh, healthy, homemade meals, fresh air, gardening, and sunshine - you will be happy here.
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
I am happy to introduce you to the farmers and friends that live nearby and show you their yards and gardens. We can visit the bison farm in the area and a friend who has chickens, goats, rabbits and a fabulous 100 year old garden. My neighbours have cattle and horses and we are close to the mountains and hiking trails. The farmers market in Millarville is our weekly shopping stop and has been in operation for over 100 years.
Most help required will consist of general gardening, planting, and weeding in the family garden. The gardens need spring prep, the yard will need cleanup, mowing and seeding. I start seedlings under lights and they need babying until they are planted out in June. Breakfast is at 8:00 each day and we start from 9:00 until noon. I have a long list of tasks and we pick out a few to work on each day. There are lots of little projects to complete so it is never boring.
There is plenty of space if you prefer to set up a tent and sleep outside. We just acquired a travel trailer and it is all set up for helpers. Privacy, a mountain view, and stars! Warm nights we spend around a fire and cool nights in the hot tub.
We are located 15 minutes south of the Somerset Bridlewood LRT station in Calgary. I am happy to pick you up there or provide directions if you have your own transportation.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
We just upgraded our internet service and it is very reliable, unlimited 50/10 often 60/14. The wifi doesnt quite reach as far as the trailer but there is good cell service here.
We have twenty acres so there is plenty of space to park a camper or trailer or even pitch a tent if you want.
As long as they won't chase my farm cats and get along with my dogs all are welcome.
usually 3 hours per day - occassionally 4
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