We are a Permaculture Farm Project welcoming Work-away helpers as singles or a couple to our property. We’re in the process of integrating permaculture design principles and ethics on our property.
We offer a clean room with beds in a clean warm log home. We have lots of trail maintenance for the sugar bush, maple syrup production in the spring, Chickens for eggs, organic gardens with Hugelkulture and Square foot raised beds. We would like our helpers to weed, cultivate, build new structures (Natural Building) cook some meals and trim trees. Depending on the time of year harvesting of crops may be included. We invite Work-away helpers of any age or experience but some with cooking and building skills are appreciated. We are interested in anyone who has any background in architecture especially natural building. But all are welcome. Some of the new projects may include: outdoor shower, outdoor compost toilet, greenhouse, compost-powered water heater and small retreat/cabins in the woods. What to bring
Volunteers please bring plenty of old, warm working clothes. This is Canada expect a variety of weather, Waterproof clothing are invaluable as we work out in all weathers. We don’t have a stock of clothes to lend everyone – there are just too many people, so please make sure you come with everything you need we only make trips to town as necessary. Rubber boots are essential. Working gloves, water bottles and flashlights are useful. Alarm clocks essential if you don’t wake up early. Watches too- as people are often working in different areas. Bring all your own toiletries, sun cream, toothpaste etc.
‘There is no such thing as bad weather – just bad clothes!’ Come prepared for the worst.
Were looking for you if;
You are, motivated, energetic, people of all ages with experience of this sort of lifestyle or a real desire to learn about it. To get the most from this experience you need to be happy with doing hard physical work outside in all weathers. You need to be adaptable, flexible, focused, curious and enjoy the company of a very mixed group of people. You need to be able to work alone or as part of a team – you will be doing both. It is not possible to do this work if you have a weak back, sprains etc or frequent bouts of illness. We are not a recuperation centre or holiday camp. The willingness to learn about more sustainable living and permaculture and try, is just as important as skill. Age has proven to be no barrier to ability. Because you will be doing many very varied tasks that can be quite complex, we speak both English and French here. Its important to have a good command of one or both of these two languages.
Other things you need to know;
Work-away helpers should have there own health or travel insurance before they come.
We do some fun things as well, Work-away helpers are welcome to attend; Drum circle , full moon potluck dinners and weekend bonfires at the house.
The Historic City of Kingston is centralized between our capital of Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. We live 20 minutes North of Kingston and offers a variety of sites to see. There is no public transportation. Rides into town can be arranged. We will pick up at the Kingston VIA rail or bus station.
We do not accept smokers what so ever, “if you SMOKE please DO NOT apply” . Work-away helpers are expected to help with meals daily. Volunteer help is broken up between the morning and the evening, we do not go out in the very hot part of the day.
We hope to hear from you and welcome you to our small homestead
Please note: To volunteer at our farm you must be a member of Workaway or Wwoof. Canada. Please contact us through our profiles there or through this webpage and we will direct you to the volunteer services.
Bob and Michelle