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Hamilton
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): city lot
Persons: 1 or a couple
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 60871
Region: Ontario

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Last Updated: July 18, 2017

Looking for single person or couple to barter food and accommodations in exchange for labour.
Short term for individual projects or longer term for multiple projects
30 hours of labour per week. Hours include time spent on regular household chores, cleaning and help with food preparation. That would give you time for a part time job if you want to work outside the house.
The accommodations are one furnished bedroom on the second level. Living areas, kitchen, bathroom, 2 decks and yard are shared with me. The deck have patio chairs, table and umbrella, a couple lounging chairs, and a bbq. Unlimited Wifi
The main level is rented out as a bed and breakfast.
We would have to discuss food. I try to eat as much as possible form my garden. I am not on a special diet but generally try to limit sugars and caffeine and avoid, dairy, gluten and alcohol.
The projects (not necessarily in order of priority) are as follows:
o install flooring
o install 4 screen doors
o KITCHEN -add 2 shelves over sink and shelves between fridge and stove, remove dish washer and insert compost and recycle shelves, remove microwave and install exhaust fan
o Make board and batten shutters
o Make a hugelkultur
o make and install raised beds in back yard
o seal/paint exposed bricks – exterior and interior
o build chicken coop
o install awnings
o Build greenhouse/she shed (off grid)
o Driveway pavers
o fix driveway gate
I am also exploring the possibility of doing some permaculture (sustainable and self-sufficient agriculture).
My background, while extensive, isn’t traditional. I got my start many years ago in hospitality, tourism, food and beverage, retail and Equine Care. For a short while I tried my hand at self employment from home in the fashion and garment industry while my children were young. From there I branched off into Administrative Support in sectors such as Not For Profit, Corporations, Private Clubs, Executive Recruiters and then Higher Education and Health Care and the past year Organic Farming and operating a B&B.
Just over a year ago I returned from a wonderful year long journey across Western and Northern Canada. I love to travel, Canada is my favourite, but have been to Barcelona, Italy, Switzerland, China, Jamaica, Cuba and many states. I love to cook but haven’t had much time for it lately. I have also lived in Toronto, Mississauga, Burlington, Brampton, Bramalea and St. Bruno (Quebec). I am loving Hamilton, an exciting friendly city, strong arts culture, beautiful nature, and one of the largest concentration of early 20th century homes and mansions.
My recent travel across Canada included extensive time volunteering as a WWOOFer on a variety of organic farms in BC, SK, MB and ON. I also spent 2 months exploring the far North of BC and stayed on a small gold mining camp at the onset of my year away and ended sitting in a Vipassana (a silent meditation retreat) for 10 days. I learned so much on many levels and met many amazing and inspiring people.
Getting established in a new routine once again
I am happy and proud to call Hamilton home. Having lived here (on and off) for the past 23 years I’ve witnessed Hamilton transform from a ‘steel town’ to a University and Arts City. It is an exciting transformation.
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
Hamilton is an exciting friendly city, strong arts culture, beautiful nature, home to over 100 waterfalls with beautiful walking and biking trails and one of the largest concentration of early 20th century homes and mansions. The neighbourhood is safe, friendly with pedestrian traffic and bicycle paths close by. You will be one block away from trendy Locke Street where there is plenty of restaurants, fine dining, a spa, Starbucks, gym and shopping.
Within walking distance is the gorgeous Bruce Trail, Hess Village, St. Joseph's Hospital, James Street (with Friday night Art Crawls every other week), First Ontario Centre, Convention Centre, Hamilton Tennis Club, City Hall, GO station, Court house and Jackson Square, Dundurn Castle.
Chedoke Golf Club, Royal Botanical Gardens, McMaster University, Tim Hortons Field are all a 5-10 minute drive.
GETTING AROUND
You will be a block away from the city bus/transit system.
Community bicycles can be rented from the location on Locke Street 2 blocks away. Dedicated bicycle lanes throughout the area and the City connects you to numerous bike trails along the escarpment and waterfront.
The closest GO bus stop is 1 block away at Main and Pearl if you are coming to Hamilton, and at King/Queen if you are leaving Hamilton.


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