Farm, Guesthouse and Nature Sanctuary in Cowichan Bay, Canada

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  • Description

    Description

    Update -- we have retired from farming so we are not looking for help this year...

    Our farm is located where the river meets the sea in Cowichan Bay in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, in beautiful British Columbia. The property is 26 acres in the heart of the Cowichan River estuary, 10 acres is behind a dyke and 16 acres outside the dyke. The property is currently utilized as a wedding destination, and summer weekends are booked full with happy couples.

    The farm side of the property is being developed to include 2-3 acres of fruit, berries and two intensive market gardens. There is an on-site Farm Stand and we will be attending a weekly Farmers' Market in the area.

    The owner Tanner, together with Diana and David Pink of Fresh Start Edibles have implemented an extensive food growing program to sell and share the wonderful fruit, vegetables and herbs grown here.

  • Type d'aide

    Type d'aide

    Jardinage
    Construction
    Cuisine / courses
    Entretien / Bricolage
    Aide à la ferme
    Eco-volontariat
    Aide à la maison
    Aide avec les animaux
    Tourisme
    Autres
    Enseignement

  • Aide

    Aide

    Thank you for your interest. We are no longer farming so we will not need any help.

    Our farm is a unique, beyond organic, permaculture farm in Cowichan Bay on south Vancouver Island.

    We are seeking volunteers that are friendly, self-motivated and dedicated with a strong work ethic. There are many aspects on the farm that we require help with such as building raised beds, harvesting and packaging food & berries, weeding, pruning, composting, maintenance, etc....

    We request a minimum stay of three weeks, longer stays and internships can be arranged. We have three day trial period while we get to know each other, and this ensures the volunteers and farm operators are able to work well together to achieve the farm goals.

    Our Farm, Guesthouse and Nature Sanctuary is located where the Cowichan River meets the Salish Sea in Cowichan Bay in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, in beautiful British Columbia. The property is 26 acres in the heart of the Cowichan River estuary, 10 acres is behind a dyke and 16 acres outside the dyke.

    The property is currently utilized as a wedding destination, and summer weekends are booked full with happy couples. The farm side of the property is being developed to include 2-3 acres of fruit, berries and two intensive market gardens plus a greenhouse. Our climate allows for year-round growing > we grow food seasonally to sell at our farm stand and to local residents, and we are developing a winter food program.

    We are in the community of Cowichan Bay, which is a south of Nanaimo and Duncan, and 45 minutes north of Victoria on the eastern side of Vancouver Island. We are surrounded by water, mountains, fresh country air, an amazing variety of birds and other wildlife. We are close to shopping, hiking, kayaking, walking and beaches. We supply bicycles with local cycling information and encourage our volunteers to spend their days off exploring all the Cowichan Region has to offer... we are well known for our wineries, artists, artisans, small farms and fresh, local food.

    We offer deluxe accommodation on the top floor of a newly renovated beautiful barn. The Loft accommodates up to 4-6 people with four, self-contained bedrooms which includes a bed, linens, table, electic plug, and storage. The main living part of the loft includes full bathroom, full kitchen, and common area with an amazing view! We provide internet access, bicycles and laundry facilities. Volunteers are expected to respect the property, living area and their room mates, and maintain a clean and tidy space at all times so the experience is enjoyable for all.

    Volunteers must be self sufficient, able to cook and clean up after themselves and live happily in community with volunteers from other countries, working together to create a harmonious living arrangement for all. Weekly groceries keep the fridge full, supplemented by fresh garden produce, fruit and herbs that we teach you how to harvest. We will also have regular meals together sharing traditional dishes. A great opportunity to practice your cooking skills, and enjoy food from other countries!

    Farm volunteers will help out alongside Hosts and Farm Managers Diana and David. We use Permaculture principles and grow food year round in our Mediterranean climate. We enjoy sharing our knowledge of growing sustainable healthy food all year ‘the natural way’ with our volunteers to inspire, foster and encourage their personal relationship with food.

    In exchange for clean and cozy accommodation plus regular fresh food, we request that you provide 25 hours per week of farm labour, daily from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with one hour for lunch, volunteers have two days off per week to explore the Island.

    Please bring clothing appropriate for living in a temperate rain forest climate ie: good footwear (rubber boots, walking and/or working shoes), outdoor wear, a rain coat, sunglasses, hat, etc. The weather changes frequently here sometimes, and we work thru it if need be... please come to the farm prepared for all weather work.

    As a working farm, we have many on-going projects we would like volunteer help with. During your stay with us and depending upon the season, you will participate in some or most aspects of food planting, growing and harvesting including but not limited to:

    • field preparation, soil amendment, lasagna bed building, seeding, transplanting, weeding
    irrigation installation, weeding, mulching, planting
    • assistance with daily harvesting and processing of food harvest for farmgate sales and farrmers’ market
    • compost building, turning and distribution
    • weeding, weed-whacking, general lawncare and property maintenance
    • berry picking, pruning, harvesting, mulching, trellising, weeding, raking
    • greenhouse planting, propagating, harvesting
    • seasonal property preparation and maintenance

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS AND/OR EXPERIENCE

    • Prior farm-related work experience, and ability to meet the daily needs of farming
    while enjoying the day and the projects at hand
    • Physically fit and capable of working outdoors in all weather
    • Strong work ethic, positive attitude, adaptable, organized and dependable
    • A teachable self starter who follows directions well, and asks questions when unclear about instructions
    • Ability to balance efficiency and thoroughness in all tasks
    • Excellent communication skills and ability to get along well with others
    • Attention to detail, cleanliness and a good sense of aesthetics
    • Ability to work well alone and as a cooperative team member
    • An interest in learning how to grow food in a natural, beyond organic way
    and a desire to share this knowledge with others to further the cause of self-sufficiency
    • Peacefully co-exist with others in a shared living space as a cooperative room mate
    • A strong desire to have fun and learn!

    We look forward to hearing from you! :)

  • Langues parlées

    Langues parlées

    English

  • Hébergement

    Hébergement

    We offer deluxe accommodation on the top floor of a newly renovated beautiful barn. The Loft accommodates up to 6 people with four, self-contained bedrooms which includes a bed, linens, table, electric plug, and storage. The main living part of the loft includes full bathroom, full kitchen, and common area with an amazing view! We provide internet access, bicycles and laundry facilities.

    Volunteers are expected to respect the property, living area and their room mates, and maintain a clean and tidy space at all times so the experience is enjoyable for all.

    Volunteers must be self sufficient, able to cook and clean up after themselves and live in community with volunteers from other countries, working together to create a harmonious living arrangement for all.

    Weekly groceries keep the fridge full, supplemented by fresh garden produce, fruit and herbs that we teach you how to harvest. We will also have regular meals together sharing traditional dishes. A great opportunity to practice your cooking skills, and enjoy food from other countries!

    Please note we cannot accommodate pets at our farm.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Come and visit the Cowichan on Vancouver Island! We are located in the community of Cowichan Bay, which is a south of Nanaimo and Duncan, and 45 minutes north of Victoria on the eastern side of Vancouver Island. We are surrounded by water, mountains, fresh country air, an amazing variety of birds and other wildlife.

    We are close to shopping, hiking, kayaking, walking and beaches. We supply bicycles with local cycling information and encourage our volunteers to spend their days off exploring all the Cowichan Region has to offer... we are well known for our wonderful wineries, artists, artisans, small farms and fresh, local food and markets.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de deux

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week



N° de référence hôte : 488874719696