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All Year: May 15 - Nov. 1, 2017
Area (ha): approx. 35
Persons: up to 3
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 21166
Region: Quebec

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Last Updated: October 23, 2016

HELP WANTED WITH: Sheep & lambs, pigs, two dexter cows & calves, a donkey, laying hens and a market garden. Please read entire profile carefully before applying. We are looking for some lively, enthusiastic folks willing to work,live and learn with us this summer. We are situated in a beautiful,tranquil corner of Quebec's Eastern Townships,less than a 20 minute drive from Sherbrooke. Our farm is smallish and focused on lamb production with pastured pigs, heritage-breed laying hens and a market garden thrown in for good measure! We believe in an old-fashioned,self-reliant type of agricultural practice that relies more on effort,ingenuity and imagination than on purchased inputs.We are constantly salvaging and re-purposing things to better suit our needs and have sort of adopted an old Depression era credo as our unofficial farm motto: Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do or Do without! As well as the daily animal-oriented chores, we'll be making & fencing some new pasture; seeding several acres to grass & legume crops; making lots of hay; cutting & sawing logs; tackling some construction projects including a small greenhouse; enlarging the market garden; installing some "permaculture" plantings; preparing for & attending a bi-weekly farmer's market; landscaping projects and a bazillion other fascinating, important tasks to be done before the snow flies! As fifty-something empty nesters we are finding our energy level is having trouble keeping up to our commitment and enthusiasm level! Our home is comfortable but not fancy, non-smoking and without television reception. We have recently joined the 21st-century by by gaining limited - and expensive! - Internet access at home. We do have an extensive library of great books and magazines and we love to sit around the table in the evening and have actual discussions and conversations - we are far more interested in real reality than the virtual kind! Please remember that this is a real,working farm; in our un-Disneyfied version of farm life the sun won't always shine,there will be mud, mess, manure, machinery malfunctions, miserable weather, failed fences, uncooperative livestock (and unfortunately, sometimes dead stock) too many weeds, too many stones, pesky insects and other forms of natural chaos too numerous to mention. We do not expect you to enjoy these things - we don't; we just count them as the price of admission to our soul-satisfying, homemade life. Even though we have more work than daylight,we always make time for family occasions, community events and helping out our neighbours. We eat simple meals of mostly home-made ingredients; if you are happy in the kitchen, we'll be happy to share ours with you! Since our farm is on a dead-end, gravel road you will have to enjoy peace and quiet,scenic surroundings,frequent wild life sightings and gentle,solitary pursuits such as bird-watching, photography, sketching, painting,walking or biking.We are the parents of four wonderful adult children,"Poppa & Gramma" to seven! even more wonderful grandchildren and have a large close- knit extended family living nearby.Should you chose to spend some time with us, you'll be welcomed into our big,happy family circle like a long-lost relative! We'd welcome singles,couples or small families. We have one large bedroom with a comfy double bed and a small bedroom with a crib/cot for a small child. We can also accommodate camping enthusiasts with their own tent and gear. We will welcome sojourners between May 15 - November 1, 2015. We're open to 1 or 2 week stays (or possibly longer)and will proudly share our favourite Eastern Townships beauty spots and attractions with you. We look forward to meeting some "ready,willing and able" kindred spirits from any where in the world!

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