Closing the Loop: New Baby, Permaculture, and our Land up for sale... Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

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  • Description

    Description

    Update February 31st, 2024:

    First, the good news! We had a little baby! He was born in a tent, in our garden, near to the actual Cabbage patch (which we turned into sauerkraut later!). We are very proud, tired and busy!

    Against all odds, we planted 2000 garlic bulbs, a crop that will guarantee our farm status. Our lease states that we must attain farm status yearly, so we have been endeavouring and succeeded to make that happen. In fact, we got farm status in the first year, a difficult task!

    We have accomplished so much in the last 21 months here, and have had so much fun doing it. Part of the fun is hosting you fine folks. Last summer we had 5 people stay at our farm. So many good memories, and so many awesome projects finished! Thank you, Workaways!

    So the bad news: it has become apparent that our land lords have parted ways and intend to sell this property. We have a 5 year lease with them, but it doesn't really say they can't sell. So now you get to see the dark side of farming and the precarious balance of renting farm land...

    That said, we are still working, and there's more to do now that Jenn is doing baby things every day. We have some clean up and tear down projects to accomplish. Likewise, if we get evicted and cannot access our crops, our landlord is beholden to buy our vegetables from us. So we are planning on planting!

    In conclusion of this early spring update, we are coming out of our hibernation and activated on farm activities. We are welcoming folks to join us for 1 week to a month to experience the world waking up and to get a real off grid experience!

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    Do you Dream to live an Off-Grid life??
    Do you envision a Sustainable future for our childrens children?
    Do you desire the skills to make it happen??

    We are Kale and Jenn. In the Spring of 2022 we arrived on this fairly Raw Land in Black Creek, on so called Vancouver Island, British Columbia. We acquired a lease with the help of an organization called the Young Agrarians, who matched us up with our land holders, and we are building a working model of permaculture-ish farming.

    Though we are not organic certified, we use local, natural, chemical free biomass to build our gardens with an eye to the future.

    We don't just work all the time. We love to swim in the ocean, look for waterfalls and explore our spectacular Island of old trees and ancient caves. Kale and Jenn have 3 young children who love the outdoor life and add play and down time to the day. We eat great food, and love our big homegrown salads.

    We are pretty much always looking to share our lives and lifestyle, lots of garden food to eat! If we reach out to you, consider it a reflection of our first impression. As an avid traveler and volunteer on many farms myself (Kale), I really look forward to bringing the world to my house, to share our cultures, languages and skills. WWOOFing for 5 or more years, I have gained much knowledge of farming, but also about hosting and sharing if fair and fun ways. Also, what a great platform, this Workaway community is! You Rock!

    What we guarantee:
    You will learn things you didn't know.
    You will build muscles and get a tan.
    You will gain a real experience of off grid life with its joys and hardships.

  • 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
    Enseignement
    Jardinage
    Bricolage et 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
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    We are True Canadian bush family, well versed in outdoor activities with a speciality in primitive skills. No doubt we lead a North American life to a certain extent but it is a rustic, wholesome and slightly different style here.
    The area I live in has a long history of people (pre- and post-colonialism), a rich biodiversity of plants and animals and an ancient, explorable geology. There is a lot to learn here, and lots of opportunities!

  • 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

    An ongoing list of our mutifacted projects:
    - Planting starts
    - Chicken barn cleanup and compost accumulation
    - Firewood and beach missions
    - Managing waterflow in our various trench networks with rake and shovel.
    - Renovating an old trailer into a mobile blacksmithing shop/Sauna!
    - Yard cleanup and Bonfires!
    - Witnessing and assisting a Wild Momma with a super cute 2 month old baby boy!
    - Firewood and rockhounding missions.
    - Breaking dirt, sifting soil, and creating "instant" fertile garden beds.
    - Enjoying our home brewed and home grown fermentation projects!!

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Courant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    We love geeking out on words, and sharing language, yours and ours!

  • Hébergement

    Hébergement

    We live in a 10 meter trailer parked in a pole barn (complete with kitchen, wood stove, all of which we will use and share during your visit!) to keep it out of the weather. A loft has been built in the pole barn for guests. Plenty of tent sites abound (lots of flat places for vans, too) and we have 1 large 6 person tent that can be set up if needed. Again, our land is off grid and short on modern amenities (although said amenities exist close by), so expect a mostly outdoors lifestyle and creating of our comforts as we need them! Rustic is part of the Experience!
    Food on the other hand is high quality, including ferments, wild food, and fresh garden vegetables. Berries drip off the bushes at various times in the year, and meat is eaten here regularly. We love food, that's why we do what we do!

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    There is a metric ton of activities to check out nearby! Located 30 minutes from the communities of Courtenay and Campbell River, 10 minutes to groceries, gasoline, wifi and pizza. It is an 11 minute drive to the beautiful beaches and wild coastal parks. Locally we have caving, climbing,
    hiking trails, mountain biking, zip lining, every water sport imaginable, restaurants, clubs, events and party places, wildlife viewing, ocean fishing, and the list could go on for a while.

  • 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

    Vans are very welcome, lots of space to park up!

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Deux

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

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

N° de référence hôte : 679465749243

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