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All Year: From April to November
Area (ha): 100
Persons: 1 or more
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 23257
Region: Ontario

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Last Updated: March 28, 2014

A large chunk of the rolling Trent Hills just south of Hastings, Ontario is where we reside, and we share this chunk with its inhabitants. Here at El Barrio we are building a style of living and the infrastructure to support it. We have seen the horrors and pleasures that our modern lives have resulted in, this has motivated us to push away from the many aspects of our culture that subscribe to senseless waste and apathy.

That being said, we are not looking to save the world, however we are looking to preserve a piece of it the best we can. Meanwhile we will learn to bolster our lives with the land's provisions in a respectful and sustainable fashion.

The four of us take our turns taking care of our projects on the land and we could use some help and companionship. This project has been boisterous and meaningful for us all, we'd love to have you along for the ride. We'd also love to learn and share what we can.

The land is beautiful!! On our piece we have 80 percent forest, and the rest is open meadow - formerly hayfeilds. I STILL have not reached every corner of the land. You can get lost in the forest and wander through the fields, all without seeing another human indefinitely.

In one of the fields lies our garden plot. Its a humongous spiral! We have been building large raised beds the make up the spiral, and to make the work a little easier on our backs. We weed, dig and do most everything without large machines. The style in which we garden ties in with permaculture. Simply: less tilling, more mulch, less weeding, more free time.

Workers would come to live with us and help out. Throughout the day we all usually work together on the same tasks since the company sharpens the mind while the labour hardens the body.

Workers are offered their own trailer, a place to tent or a spot in the community cabin's loft. Both the cabin and the trailer are equip with soft dry warm beds and privacy. We have less than suburban style amenities, but we have provided just what you will need. We have a solar shower, an out house and 100 acres to pee in!

All walks are welcome as long as they are respectful. All levels of farm work experience are welcome. El Barrio is a queer and trans friendly space, a safe space for folks regardless of gender, ethnicity, ability, etc.

We ask that our workers put in 5-6 hours a day for 6 days a week with one day off. If you feel like you need another day off, or two, that's fine! We just wont feed you on any EXTRA days off.

We will feed you, and feed you well! The food is maybe the best part of El Barrio. We are all experienced cooks/bakers with picky tongues. We eat all sorts of food, tipping a little to the left away from processed nonsense. We try to eat as much as we can from the land, be it gathered wild foods, or the bounty from our garden. We are omnivores, eating less meat; certainly not from the grocery store, but we are willing to entertain any style of diet within reason.

We are open to stays of any length, however we do appreciate a good sober timeline given before you arrive.

We also ask for a donation for your food everyweek. If you can, we could use the help.

CURRENTLY (April 2014)
Its nearly time to get out into the fields and forests.
We will be inviting workers in to help beginning in May.

Projects starting in the spring:

-starting plants in green house
-early plantings
-building garden beds
-harvesting trees for lumber and firewood
-building/structure repair
-Wild plant harvesting/drying
-Construction of sand filter

We would love to hear from folks excited to work with us, please respond using the email on the profile!

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