Help wanted before winter comes at a farm in Ontario, Canada

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  • Última atividade: 17 jan. 2024



 Hospedagem min. solicitada: mínimo 2 semanas



  • Descrição


    - Harvest as much medicinal plants/herbs as we can from the garden and forest to dry them
    - Help Patrick finish putting the metal panels on the barn
    - Help organize the big barn so we can get equipment in for winter
    - Clean up some fence wire that has been pulled off the posts
    - Help clean up any junk laying around (small stuff)
    - Help put the outdoor furniture away for winter (end of Oct)
    - Help plant garlic in our beautiful new garden beds
    - Help spread seeds of native perennials around the property to have more flowers for the bees
    - Help make more walking trails in the forest
    - build some bird & bat houses out of scrap lumber, decorate them if you wish!

    We currently have Lennard and Barbara from Germany, both in their early 20's. We have a car for you to use, and bicycles. You are free to go on hikes and explore the area during your time off. WE NEED YOUR HELP!
    Hi! Our names are Patrick & Valencia and we practice organic, no-till, regenerative methods with a focus on building topsoil and planting native species for the birds and bees. Our farm is 160 acres of fields, forest, marsh and natural springs. We allow wildlife to build homes here and coexist with us. We have had fox kits born on the farm, and are always adding more bird houses, owl and bat houses, and more flowers and shrubs for food sources. We selective cut lumber to build with, and mill it right here on the farm. Our footprint is smaller than conventional farms but we still have a ways to go yet.

    In the past 4 years we have hosted over 50 volunteers from around the world of all ages, genders and races. We try to make everyone feel like they are welcome and have built lasting friendships with our workaways. We hope to meet more people and learn new things.

    We have 5 dogs, big to little, that love people but love walks more. With Valencia gone so much for work we need someone to take them out everyday and be here to keep them company. They are our children. So you have to love dogs to be the right person.

    We want you to do the basic animal chores twice a day, which means watering & feeding the 6 laying chickens, 6 pigs and turning the hose on for the cattle and running it for 40 mins. It takes about 1.5 hour per day for everything (combined morning and night). Once a week we lay down more bedding for the cows and chickens. We practice deep pack bedding so there is no cleaning out of the stalls or barns. We just keep adding over the winter and it starts to decompose on its own. We use it for gardening and to add nutrients to the soil. Now that spring is here we have miles of wire fencing that needs repair. It's not hard, but it is one of the main jobs we have. We will teach you, it's easy!

    We ask that you walk the dogs once a day or in bad weather just let them out. Some housework like sweep the floors, wipe down the bathroom once per week. And cook 1 dinner per week, then help with prep like making a salad or chopping veggies the rest of the time. You can relax in the afternoon, watch TV, read, or go for a walk. We have lots of trails through the forest. It's about 5 hours a day we ask, 5 days a week with 2 days off. We are flexible about what days and can discuss depending on what's happening that week. That leaves lots of time to explore the area. You can use the car to get around and go to town to shop, relax, see new places. With our volunteers we have been camping, on day trips in the canoe, swimming at the famous Sandbanks Beach in Prince Edward County. This area is famous for 1000's of acres of government land and thousands of lakes. There are dozens of national parks and great towns like Kingston to enjoy a nice meal. Valencia loves getting out in nature and would love to have some company camping or hiking!

    In the past we would train people on driving tractors, cutting wood, building etc. If you want to learn these things we are happy to teach you, but the main job is the feeding/watering, walking dogs and doing fencing right now. We aren't perfectionists and often the house is messy, and there is junk laying around that we could use help sorting. Farms tend to get messy fast if things aren't put away where they are supposed to go. We've had volunteers build chicken coops, fences, bird houses, bee hotels, anything you feel like you are free to do. We have unlimited lumber and supplies so get creative!

    We think our reviews speak for themselves. In the last 4 years we have had some helpers stay for a week, some for 6 Months. We have made incredible friends. And even though we enjoy our privacy and quiet, we miss having that extra person here to keep the dogs company and pitch in. It's hard running a farm and working fulltime in town. You are welcome to hang out with us in the evenings, we won't send you to your room after dinner!

    We cover all your food and laundry. We eat very healthy but still enjoy a treat or 2. We eat very little starches. Mostly meat and vegetables and try to be gluten free as much as possible. We cook big meals a few times a week to cut back on time spent cooking. Leftovers are great.

    We would love to meet you! Send us a message and we can see if we fit!

  • Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Projetos artísticos
    Ajuda em projetos ambientais
    Construção/faça você mesmo
    Cuidar de animais
    Ajuda em fazenda
    Criar/cozinhar refeições caseiras
    Ajuda a cuidar da casa
    Manutenção geral
    Ajuda com computadores/internet
  • Objetivos de sustentabilidade da ONU que este anfitrião quer atingir

    Objetivos de sustentabilidade da ONU que este anfitrião quer atingir

    Objetivos da ONU
    Erradicar a pobreza
    Erradicar a fome
    Saúde de qualidade
    Educação de qualidade
    Igualdade de género
    Água potável e saneamento
    Energias renováveis e acessíveis
    Trabalho digno e crescimento económico
    Indústria, inovação e infraestruturas
    Reduzir as desigualdades
    Cidades e comunidades sustentáveis
    Produção e consumo sustentáveis
    Ação climática
    Proteger a vida marinha
    Proteger a vida terrestre
    Paz, justiça et instituições eficazes
    Parcerias para a implementação dos objetivos
  • Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    Vegetarians can come and learn about ethical and humane meat production to give them an idea of what really happens on a small pasture-based operation- see that we are not cruel heartless killers who truly do love our animals. We want you to experience the joy of raising livestock for food and how the earth can actually benefit and heal from eating food right in your backyard. Help reduce your food footprint by eating food raised right here on the farm!! It doesn't get more local than that!

    We offer the chance to see the famous Land 'O Lakes region, and enjoy everything it has to offer for outdoor activities. We offer bicycles, a vehicle for touring the area and a canoe too!

    We hope to learn much from you, and will be asking you questions about your other workaway jobs, and listening to your stories about other countries and farms you've been to. You can suggest new ideas or ways to do things and we will listen and put them into practice if they make sense, giving you the chance to teach us and show off your skills!

    We live in an area full of conventional farms and cash crop operations. We are trying to lead by example and show others that there is a way to farm ethically that improves the soil and creates more biodiversity.

  • Ajuda


    Basic animal chores : feed & water 6 chickens, 6 pigs, water cows.

    Dogs: let dogs out, walk dogs for 20-30mins

    Housework: sweep floors, clean bathroom once per week.

    Meals: if you can cook and want to great! If not, chop veggies.

    Help with fencing that needs repair

    Build bird houses and feeders, creative projects like signs and cute stuff for the gardens.

  • Idiomas

    Inglês: Fluente

  • Acomodação


    2 Private RV's with double bed, couch, table, basic cookware, electricity.

    Access to Starlink high speed internet, laundry, kitchen, bathroom and anywhere in the house or outside

    Electric Plug in for mobile camper or rv

    Bedroom in the house for extra helpers, in basement.

  • Algo mais...

    Algo mais...

    We are more than happy to pick you up in Napanee (preferred), Kingston or Belleville. The bus can be taken to these cities.

    There is plenty to see and do less than 1 hour from the farm and you can get mostly everything you need in Napanee. Special items can be purchased on weekends when we go to the city or during your day off.

    Smoking is allowed everywhere outside EXCEPT the barns/sheds and inside the house. CIGARETTE BUTTS and BEER CAPS are to be kept OFF the ground. Marijuana and minor alcohol consumption is allowed during your time off. No heavy drinkers. No smoking pot while driving equipment or operating machinery. Anyone not following these rules will be asked to leave immediately.

    We hope to host you soon! Thanks for reading.

  • Mais alguns detalhes

    Mais alguns detalhes

    • Acesso à internet

    • Acesso à internet limitado

      Acesso à internet limitado

    • Temos mascotes

    • Somos fumantes

    • Pode hospedar famílias

  • Pode hospedar nômades digitais

    Pode hospedar nômades digitais

    We have Starlink now

  • Espaço para estacionar campervans

    Espaço para estacionar campervans

    We have power for you.

  • Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Mais de 2

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    Horas previstas

    25 hrs per week as help vary by season

Nº de ref. de anfitrião: 679323237241

Comentário (26)



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Precisão do perfil: (5.0)

Intercâmbio cultural: (4.9)

Comunicação: (4.9)

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