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Bancroft
All Year: April 15 - Oct 10 2016
Area (ha): 24.7 (61 acres)
Persons: Up to 5, maybe more
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 46620
Region: Ontario

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Last Updated: August 30, 2016

Located in Bancroft, Ontario (approx. 2.5 hrs from Toronto or Ottawa), on the Canadian Shield amongst the spruces, lakes and beaver ponds, we have started to cultivate a project on our 61-acre plot of land. We are still in very early stages of setting up our homestead. There was absolutely nothing on the land when we purchased it in 2013, except for various remains of the original farm. We have a long-term vision which you can get a glimpse of at our website http://www.landonridge.weebly.com but for now our main focus is getting our family set up to live comfortably year round.

The list of jobs is extensive and varies from organic gardening, to construction of various low-impact eco-structures, to landscape development, and a variety of other homesteading activities.

We are almost done the design of our permanent long-term Earthship home and plan to start building next year. In the meantime we are building a smaller scale roundhouse structure to be our temporary home until the main house is ready. The design of this roundhouse is based on Michael Reynolds' straw bale temporary structure described in Earthship Volume III. We've modified some details to make the building more cohesive with local materials and what we can afford. For example, we've used sandbags for retaining the walls and will use our own pines to build a reciprocal roof. This is our main project at the moment. We also plan to build a root cellar, two compost toilets and get started on our forest garden.

For the time-being we can only offer a spot to pitch your tent here on-site. Water is collected in bottles from our spring-fed dug well. Electricity is harvested by a small solar power system. You would be able to charge phones, laptop, and batteries if necessary. We have an outdoor bucket shower but sometimes we just take a dip at 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, 5 days a week. Work days may include Saturdays and/or Sundays which means you would have 2 weekdays off. This will probably be worked out on a ‘per case’ basis as we are very flexible.

We are looking to host volunteers from April 15 - October 10 in 2016. Volunteers are welcome for a maximum one week with the possiblity to extend your visit if both parties agree the arrangement is working well for everyone. There is no minimum time requirement. Remember all we can offer is a camping spot so please come prepared with adequate clothing, tent and sleeping gear.

If you want to come but transportation is an issue for you, please contact us anyway and we might be able to help arrange a carpool opportunity for you.

If these things interest you and you are in the mood for getting up close and personal with nature - then this is the place for you.

When applying please include 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.

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