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We are Jonathan and Debbie. We live on 9 acres with our 42 sled dogs and year round laying hens. We also have some visiting turkeys until fall.
We are looking for someone to help with the kennel from July to the end of August. A preference is given to people wanting to work with the dogs as well as willing to do some gardening and other farm related work.
Working with sled dogs is a strenuous job. You have to be able to haul heavy water buckets, deal with cutting meat, pooping the yard twice a day , lifting up to 50lbs and generally be very comfortable around the dogs. Our dogs are friendly and energetic and they LOVE to run. You will be welcome to try out dryland activities with the dogs, such as canicross(running with dogs) bikejoring(biking with dogs) and scootering(running a scooter with one or two dogs)
Someone who can show attention to detail in the kennel area is needed. There are also some kennel repairs and building to do.
We are also looking for someone to help with the gardens and chickens. Jonathan uses straw bale and hugelkulture techniques for growing his many varieties of fruit bushes. These he uses to make wine and mead. We also grow fresh produce for the farm and some farm gate sales. We do not use pesticides in our growing but we are not a certified organic farm. Building more hugel mounds and weeding is a large part of what you would be doing, along with helping with the chickens(layers) and turkeys.
As there are two areas to cover we welcome a couple willing to split the work or a single willing to work mainly with the dogs and do some gardening jobs as well.
Jonathan works full time in the Agricultural Branch of the Yukon Government. He loves board games and strategy games as a great way to unwind. He also loves growing things, both animals and plants, and strives to give his animals the best possible life he can.
Debbie is a retired teacher and works as a Teacher On Call during the school year but is off for the summer. She loves reading, working with the dogs and relaxing. She's a little more laid back. We complement each other.
We live 40 minutes north of Whitehorse, Yukon, a short hike away from the beautiful Lake Lebarge surrounded by mountains and nature.
Bricolage et projets de construction
S’occuper des animaux
Aide dans une ferme
We enjoy sharing our lifestyle with travellers. We offer a fairly rustic lifestyle here although we are not too far from town. The life of a musher is one we love to share and Jonathan is passionate about his growing of plants and his animals.
Whitehorse is known for its artistic community and music scene as well as the history of the area. Agriculture and sustainable food sources are very much in the forefront in the Yukon and we are part of this endeavour in summer.
A sled dog kennel can be a very busy place. First and foremost is the care of the dogs. Watering, feeding, cleaning, running them are all in a days work. It does take someone with an average to above average level of fitness. If your average you will become above average as time goes on.
If you can show a high level of responsibility to the care of the dogs and the kennel we can teach you how to summer train the dogs.
We have a beautiful wall tent set up for living in for the warmer months. There is no electricity or water. However, water can be taken from our pump house and electricity can be delivered using an inverter and battery set up. There is a very good wood stove in the cabin and lots of wood around. There is a camp stove in the wall tent. We can provide you with your food. (Any specialty items will be your responsibility)
Shower and laundry are at your disposal in the main house.
A wall tent is a canvas tent often used by hunter, trappers when in the bush. Ours is 17'by24'. We have built a tin roof over it and it has an insulated floor.
With the use of a vehicle (you just need a license and pay for the gas you use) you can explore the many hiking trails in the area. Cycling is big here with some impressive races being held. Mountain biking is also popular. Some very nice coffee shops also have extensive information on what is going on in town. There is so much to experience in the Whitehorse area and further north and west.
Whitehorse has a huge sports complex for reasonable daily rates. There is a great pool there as well as many fitness courses and even a skating rink.
If you love the arts there is a tremendous amount of art culture here.
A trip to Dawson City, the Dempster Hwy and Tomestone is also a must. (Although we do not generally offer the car for this trip) There is a bus which goes to Dawson and a Ride Share fb page to help you get around.
To experience the Yukon is to love the Yukon. It is still raw in its wilderness beauty.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
We have internet here but it is not yet hooked into the wall tent you would be staying in. As a result you would have to work in our downstairs area where we could set you up with a table and chair at least until we get the hook up set for the wall tent.
Plenty of room for a regular sized van. Not so much for a large travel camper.
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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