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FARM HELP / VOLUNTEER

Position: garden worker
Type: volunteer with accom., food, more (see below)
Organization: earth haven farm
Location: Thomasburg, near Tweed, Belleville & Prince Edward County, Ontario

My mom just broke her led badly. We need help fast.

Our weeds are tall, our roots are deep, our cattle are hairy, and our hearts are big. Come experience this rough and resourceful kind of life with us! It's an exciting time in history to be alive and on a farm.

We have been farming 200 acres in the biodynamic tradition for about 8 years now, with a herd of purebred Scottish Highland Cattle, a flock of heritage chickens, and a very large garden plot. We grow a large amount of aboriginal types of corn and squash, to honor our Native heritage and keep these precious varieties alive. In the growing months we spend much of the day outside working in the garden or with the cattle. We use a tractor to get some big jobs done, but the majority of garden work is done by hand. During the week the work is steady and much of the time involves weeding or harvesting. You may be working alone or with another volunteer. Work is hard but rewarding. You will be weeding, mulching, trellising plants, helping out in the greenhouse, working with compost and biodynamic preparations.

Fridays are picking days and usually a full day of work. Saturday is market day in Toronto and from time to time you may be able to help out at market. We pick what is in season and presenting itself as available that day. We will be harvesting mushrooms, wild herbs, flowers and berries along with our fruits and vegetables.

Breakfast is on your own, but the kitchen and all the food is there for you. We share in a communal lunch and dinner which is often made outdoors over a campfire. All meals are made mostly from the food that we grow. If you are looking for an opportunity to connect with your food, this will be a great experience. Chefs and nutritionists are welcome to take over the kitchen, cooking and food sharing experiences. It ends up being a learning experience for everyone.

If you're a vegan or have any dietary restrictions, please let us know. We will do our best to accomodate you. We will probably continue to eat meat, but we are happy to accomodate and learn from you how to cook new dishes! We make an effort to eat a great deal of what we grow, so we do a fair amount of canning and preserving for the winter months. We really enoy the good conversation that can take place around a day of canning.

Our farm is host to an introductory course in biodynamics farming and gardening course each year. As a guest you will be welcome to join our classes. You are also welcome to take advantage of our extensive farm library to gain more knowledge during your stay with us.

Not everything is work on the farm. We live about 5 minutes from a lovely river that is well suited for a swim on a hot day. We're about 30 minutes from the nearest big town, where we do some shopping perhaps once a week. We often visit other farms in the area and try to participate in local community events, to which you will be included during your stay with us.

Pickup from the train or bus station is also in town if you wish to venture out on your own. If you have your own vehicle there is plenty of things to see and do around Hastings County and Prince Edward County.

Please take note: We live off-grid. Our home is powered by solar panels, and we are working toward the farm being entirely solar powered.. This means we are very aware of our electricity and water usage. Cloths are washed and hung on the line to dry. No hair dryers please. We do not have a microwave oven, toaster oven, or electric coffee maker. Food preparation is done the old fashioned way - much tastier! We live simply and enjoy quiet time at the end of the day. We have high speed internet but NO Wi-Fi at this time. There is a nice library of documentaries and films for you to enjoy during your evenings.

Whether you're interested in bonsai, native drumming and crafts, self-sufficiency, solar power, cattle, biodynamics or anthroposophy, we are excited to encourage you and share what we know! We welcome couples or singles, and would love for you to stay a minimum of 2 weeks, and maximum of two months. As we expect our guests to be committed to a healthy lifestyle, we ask that the farm remains a no-smoking property.

Contact:

aric_aguonie mask hotmail.com*

613-478-3876

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FoodWork ID: 41316       Date posted to FoodWork.ca: Jul 11 2017