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Aidez-nous dans notre belle ferme de 120 ha dans la vallée Ottawa dans l'est de l'Ontario au Canada

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  • Description


    We live on a 300 acre homestead in the Ottawa Valley in eastern Ontario. Over many years of permaculture and mulch methods extensive rich organic gardens have been developed. We feed our families primarily and put together food boxes for people in our area on a need basis. In the past we vended at a local farmers market which was great but is not our focus at this time. We keep various animals for pets and food. Horses, cows, sheep, chickens, dogs, and cats. This homestead is a little piece of history, established about 160 years ago by polish settler immigrants at the time so we have many hand built log barns and outbuildings some in need of rebuilt barn doors and various touch up- otherwise have been very well kept up. George my father lives in the original farm house; then across the yard I live with my family; children Are Sathya (10), Malu (7), Isla (4), Owain (2) and my partner Rhett. We work together to get chores done. George is the main mind and energy behind it all and I am gradually learning all I can while he is still here. As he ages he need to take more time for himself to tend his aging body and reflect on his life lived :) We talk about scaling down but that its another question if we do so. In which case help during summer months largely focuses on gardening work. During winter we have some renovation projects going on.
    On cold winter afternoons and eves we fire up our sauna to deal with the cold of winter.
    I am a Registered massage therapist, currently not working in my field professionally as I mainly stay home with children, tend the fire, tend to the garden, chickens and horses. I homeschool our children also and collaborate with neighbouring families for homeschool group.
    George (my father) has lived 50+ years on the farm and built it into what it is today, extensive gardens all organic and permaculture methods to build soil in this marginal land. He cares for cows, and sheep and makes sure things happen in there timely fashion- he is a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and character!
    Rhett (my partner) helps us each out where needed on the farm but mostly focuses on his arborist tree removal business in the surrounding towns and area.
    Recently my mother had moved onto the farm in 2021 and she lives in a Mongolian yurt. She spends time with my children and helps out around the farm.
    We also have a few extended Work exchange farm helpers. A couple whom we met through Workaway And they met also here from Workaway :)

    There are many things I think you may learn by staying with us on our farm. We grow food of many varieties and quantity to store And eat throughout the long winter months. I can and ferment various foods for preservation. We still have veggies like onions, garlic, cabbage, many root veggies, squash that we eat from until February and even March and April. So the food storage may really interest you.
    Also horse riding and much tending to the gardens, hiking, some building and repair here and there. Possibly if it suits you some childcare or doing crafts with kids.

    We look forward to the chance to host you and to share experience together and learn from one another.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    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
    Aide informatique/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

    We live as much from the land as possible, we eat very much seasonally organically and locally. We also are all off grid powered by solar- this makes us very aware of timing for power usage and water usage and such- to time with the cycle of the day!
    We sauna regularly to keep immune systems strong through winter and to get heated to the bones!
    We have a wonderful extensive local supportive community of people who we barter and help back and forth with, this is an amazing thing to experience I think if you have not before, or if you have to just share in. Opportunities in winter to experience winter are great here, like snow shoeing and cross country skiing as we normally have good long hefty winters. Summers are glorious fast and furious! great swimming in our pond and at nearby lakes and rivers. Also if you come in spring you will learn to live with black flies ;)

  • 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


    summer help:

    -gardening; planting, digging, mulching, composting, weeding
    -animal care; chicken care, exercising horses/ridding
    -harvesting and preserving food
    -wine making, and other fun ferments!
    -trail clearing
    - building and maintenance project
    -indoor/outdoor renovations
    -occasional childcare

    winter help:

    -fire wood cutting and harvesting
    -snow shoveling
    -animal care; feeding water and hay, chicken care
    -horse ridding
    -indoor simple wood shelving

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Allemand: Courant
    Anglais: Courant
    Français: Débutant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    My father is fluent in German and I can communicate. A little in German and French. I am always happy to learn a new language and to share what I can with English.

  • Hébergement


    in Summer we have a couple trailer options as well as tent option.
    Our cabin is no longer available.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    during your time off we have great neighbors to visit with different set ups, friendly and welcoming and making ago of it off the land. We have great extensive trails for hiking skiing or snow shoeing. We have ridding horses one for beginner and other for more experienced ridder as she is still young. In summer there are amazing lakes and rivers to visit. Also in area there are various fun community and social events that go on. Ottawa canada's capital is a 2 hour drive away. Often we have found with guess in the past they often soak up our farm land, going for long walks into the nature wilderness or quiet moments by the fire or on stone fence thinking and soaking up the silence.

  • 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

    Cet hôte a de la place pour les vans.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?


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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Approx 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

N° de référence hôte : 827229993891

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