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Turner Valley
All Year: April - October 2018
Area (ha): 1 acre
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 42126
Region: Alberta

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Last Updated: August 12, 2018

Welcome to CoCreative Urban Farm!

We are 2 passionate gardeners (and kids) who have developed a small paradise near the RockyMountains in a little town called Turner Valley. The town is within walking distance to our house, even though we live on an acreage. We have large veggie gardens, fruit orchard, food forest, rabbits, chickens, rainwater collection, a greenhouse etc. Barb is a Permaculture designer/educator and Hendrik is a builder. We have built our own (eco) house over the last 2 years. We are happy to share our knowledge with keen learners.

Our home is your home while you are travelling. Barb and Hendrik have both lived in Intentional Communities while in Australia, and both of us have been WWOOFers in many countries.

We know how wwoofers want to be treated since we have both had good and bad experiences as wwoofers! We will feed you well and teach you what you want to know. You will be comfortable and integrated into our family life, and at times we also need some space to ourselves ~ we aim to make a balance between socializing with wwoofers, and having time out with our family. We are into having fun with travellers,hiking, biking, swimming and eating reallygood food after the days work is done.Our kids will love to jump with you on the trampoline or do art with you (if you want).

We are currently looking for people to help us this August/September with building maintaining the current gardens as well as harvesting the produce. Currently the main job will be bringing in the veggies and fruit and processing them for us to eat in the winter months. There is a great learning opportunity at this time of the year.Rain water systems need to be installed on the new house and depending on who arrives here, we may even build a pond and connect our rainwater system up! Everyone who comes here gets a hand at harvesting, and possibly preserving the food that helps to feed our family all winter.

Current need is for August 13th- August 30th. Also for September and October. Usually Barb is working, but at this time she will need a hand with drying herbs, picking and blanching veggies, making jam, making wine and all food preserving activities (including working with bees if you are interested).

Some hikes nearby and daily swimming in the river. Our garden is at its peak during this time so you would have a good time here. Single person okay, would prefer a couple.

We have been developing a Permaculture garden over the last 4years in the beautiful Kananaskis region of Alberta - Turner Valley. We need energetic, open-minded people to help us. If you are interested in how to develop, design, maintain and build a Permaculture site, ours is a great example of that. We have just builtan addition to our house and are now able to enjoy it, but there are still building/construction projects around our little farm.
The house has been built with many green features and good Permaculture design.We are Permaculture designers with more than 20 years of experience and have just bought a larger property to grow more food. At the moment we estimate production of over 2000 lbs (900kg) of food annually.Many of the gardens are established already and just need harvest and care.

The location is right beside the Sheep River, with beautiful walks nearby in nature (and swimming in summer). The town is 1 km away and within walking distance. There are many beautiful parks close by for exploring on days off. This place is a hikers dream.

Barb teaches in local schools from Sept-June and does Permaculture consultancy and design work around Alberta - some possible learning about other projects for wwoofers interested. Zephyr and Willow go to school during the school year and are at home in the summer months.Our place would be of interest to anyone wanting to learn about Permaculture and self-sufficiency in an urban/rural setting. The information we have to offer is substantial and helpers could consider this like an internship into Permaculture if that interests you.Typical jobs include but are not limited to: feeding animals, cleaning animal pens, seeding up veggies, propagation for plant nursery stock, weeding gardens, (possible) working with the bees, herb drying, planting, harvest, and processing fruit, and veggies, making wine or mead, cleaning house, helping with kids, organizing, building, watering etc. There are many things to learn. The best season to expect outdoor gardening work is from April-October. Outside of these months, it is impossible to expect outside work other than feeding animals daily. Our place is often described as the best learning experience for wwoofers, especially regarding self-sufficiency with food growing and Permaculture design.

We work full days on our house and garden and expect 6 -7 hrs/day with 1-1.5 days off on weekends or whenever it suits us and you.For those that want to learn and are not afraid of hard work, you will find our place a valuable experience. The time off on the weekend varies with what is going on and can be quite flexible.
We provide good healthy food and some local site-seeing, music/culture events (if there are any) and help with further travel plans if you want. If you are interested in coming to stay with us, please email us as much information about yourself as possible.We can't accommodate vegetarians without some difficulty as we only cook one meal for everyone. If you are vegetarian, and you want to stay with us, please be prepared to cook your own food.
If you are interested, please give us a call or email with as much information about yourself as possible. Looking forward to meeting you! We also require a photo(s) of the helpers before coming. If you are interested in hands-on learning, bring your good attitude!

You will stay in our trailer, our tipi, or our house or a bedroom in our heated garage, depending on the time of year you arrive. We'd look forward to meeting you.

Here is an article written by someone about their wwoofing experience at our urban farm.

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