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OFF-GRID HOMESTEADING

Positions: Off-grid homesteading Internships
Project: Landon Rock Project
Location: Bancroft, Ontario
Type: vol. position with meals and accommodation provided

Would you like to experience what setting up an off-grid homestead is like from the ground up?

Would you like to see how we've created our own water and solar harvesting systems, our permaculture gardens, food forest and year-round living accommodations?

Would you like to know how we are currently creating our eco-tourism business and complimentary businesses alike?

With the intention of learning, educating and ultimately become truly RESILIENT to whatever changes lie ahead — we invite you to join us on our journey!

We are currently accepting applications for internships and volunteers throughout the 2022 Season! Couples welcome and encouraged to join us.  Here are the positions and possibilities available:

  • Internship (One Month Minimum) - currently available
    • Includes wide exposure to many off-grid homesteading tasks
    • Opportunity to learn and become confident in variety of skills
    • Bring and park your own trailer/camper
    • Tent camping
  • Volunteer (Min one day and up) - ongoing availablity
    • Lots of opportunities to learn how life is on the homestead but for a shorter time in comparison to the internship
    • Bring and park your own trailer/camper
    • Tent camping

Located in Bancroft, Ontario, on the Canadian Shield amongst the spruces, lakes and beaver ponds, we have started to cultivate a project on our 65-acre plot of land. We are still in very early stages of setting up our homestead so this is a great learning opportunity for many people who would like to know the reality of setting up an alternative lifestyle from the very beginning!

Tasks vary through the seasons. During your stay with us we will be working on one or a combination of the following tasks. (Please get in touch if you’d like to know more specifically about the tasks)

Building tasks include: outhouses, mini-camping areas, various other structures and outbuildings

Gardening tasks include: total garden install, including compost, mulching, and watering

Landscaping tasks include: transplanting trees to make natural fences/barriers/hedges, carving out trails, paths and driveways through the property for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and general access

Other always on-going homesteading tasks include: harvesting and processing firewood, maintaining tools, equipment and structures which includes organizing, cleaning, sanding, grinding, painting, and oiling.

Other creative tasks include: making signs for our property and other decorative features, basketry and ornamental weaving from our own harvested wild materials (we are not experts at this yet but would love to learn from someone or learn together!), and other wild crafting such as harvesting plentiful wildflowers for medicinal and cosmetic uses.

You will be welcome to pitch your tent on a lovely patch of our land. Water is drawn from our dug well here on the property and filtered with a simple gravity fed filtration system. Electricity is harvested by a solar power system. You would be able to charge phones, laptop, and batteries if necessary. We have a basic outhouse. We have an outdoor ‘bucket’ shower for bathing or you can also go to the nearby lake (5min by car, 20min by foot).

There's plenty to do for recreation. Hiking on the trail that borders our property, swimming at a selection of lakes in the area, fishing, cycling and you'd be welcome to borrow our canoe if interested. The landscape at our place varies between mixedwood forest, an old pine plantation and cleared fields full of wildflowers, so you may just want to spend your time on the land exploring and relaxing.

Our standard arrangement is very similar to the WWOOF help exchange. We offer you meals and accommodation in return for 6 hours of work daily. Your help is also expected in some food prep work for meals and tidying up after meals too of course.

Please check the weather forecast before you come to visit us to be prepared with adequate clothing, tent and sleeping gear - especially if you come during the cooler months! We’ve had people camp at our place in April comfortably with the right gear.

Bring clothes and shoes for working and that you don’t mind getting dirty. Don’t forget a hat to protect from the sun. And please bring your own bottle for drinking water.

If this opportunity interests you then contact me at: sophiamaslowski@gmail.com

When applying please include WHEN you are able to come and for how long, a bit of information about yourself, any skills you may have (though no specific skills are required), and why you wish to be a part of an experience like this. 

If you seem like a suitable fit we will respond with a request for a phone interview and take it from there!

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 26 2022    ID: 63718