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ponoka
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 850
Persons: 1
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 44249
Region: Alberta

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Last Updated: October 14, 2017

We run a mixed farm. Our 4 adult sons are sometimes home helping on the farm.In the winter ,our work is mostly feeding , tending livestock and maintaining equipment.
Accommodation for our help x guests is a private bedroom with a fireplace , shared bathroom in our home. Wifi is always available. Meals are with the family. We can cater to most diets and you are welcome to cook for yourself if you prefer.
In January the flock of 150 ewes lamb indoors.
February and march the herd of 130 beef cows calve.
April will be sorting cattle for pastures ,branding, weaning lambs, checking fences and readying equipment for the field.This is also the begining of the garden work .We have a large garden with berries, fruit, vegetables and 2 small greenhouses all grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.
May through October we are working in fields and pastures along the scenic battle river valley. We grow canola , cereals and hay.
November and December are our slower months, but there is still work to be done feeding animals and maintaining buildings fences and equipment.
Currently this october we are waiting on some dry weather to finish harvesting canola and barley. Cattle are moving to winter feeding areas.
We are going to find time to catch some trout from the pond, see them jumping every evening! We would appreciate help with farm work , cooking and building and fence maintaince.
From early January to the end of March we can provide a place for someone who would like to gain experience with cattle and sheep. Lambing and calving in this cold climate involves working very closely with the animals.

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