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Turner Valley
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1 acre
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 42126
Region: Alberta

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Last Updated: June 11, 2017

We have been developing a Permaculture garden over the last 4 years in the beautiful Kananaskis region of Alberta - Turner Valley. We need energetic, open minded people to help us. If you are interested in how to develop, design, maintain and build a Permaculture site, ours is a great example of that. We are currently building an addition to our house and could use a hand from either a builder, or another keen gardener or someone who would like to have a lot of hands-on experience in food preserving.

The house will be LEED certifiable - with many green features and good Permaculture design.We are Permaculture designers with more than 20 years of experience and have just bought a larger property to grow more food. At the moment we estimate production of over 2000 lbs (900kg) of food annually. Many of the gardens are established already and just need harvest and care.

The location is right beside the Sheep River, with beautiful walks nearby in nature (and swimming in summer). The town is 1 km away and within walking distance. There are many beautiful parks close by for exploring on days off. This place is a hikers dream.

Barb teaches in a local schools from Sept-June, and does Permaculture consultancy and design work around Alberta. Hendrik is a builder. Zephyr and Willow go to school during the school year and are at home in the summer months.Our place would be of interest to anyone wanting to learn about Permaculture and self-sufficiency in an urban/rural setting. The information we have to offer is substantial and helpers could consider this like an internship into Permaculture if that interests you.Typical jobs include but are not limited to: feeding animals, cleaning animal pens, seeding up vegges, propagation for plant nursery stock, weeding gardens, (possible) working with the bees, herb drying, planting, harvest and processing fruit and veggies, cleaning house, helping with kids, organizing, building, watering etc. There are many things to learn. The best season to expect outdoor gardening work is from April-October. Outside of these months it is impossible to expect outside work other than feeding animals daily.

We work full days on our house and garden and expect 6 -7 hrs/day with one day off on weekends or whenever it suits us and you. For those that want to learn and are not afraid of hard work, you will find our place a valuable experience.
We provide good healthy food and some local site-seeing, music/culture events (if there are any) and help with further travel plans if you want. If you are interested in coming to stay with us, please email us as much information about yourself as possible.We can't accomodate vegetarians without some difficulty as we only cook one meal for everyone. If you are vegetarian, and you want to stay with us, please be prepared to cook your own food.
If you are interested, please give us a call or email with as much information about yourself as possible. Looking forward to meeting you! We also require a photo(s) of the helpers before coming. If you are interested in hands on learning, bring your good attitude!

You will stay in our trailer, our tipi, or our house depending on the time of year you arrive. We'd look forward to meeting you.

Here is an article written by someone about their wwoofing experience at our urban farm.

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