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Shell Lake
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 170
Persons: 6
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 46008
Region: Saskatchewan

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Last Updated: March 1, 2016

If you are interested in experiencing all the trials and tribulations of establishing and operating a small mixed farm, come stay with us and we’ll learn together. We are well into the process of converting an abandoned homestead to a vibrant small mixed farm that includes gardens, orchards, and a range of hardy heritage breeds, including Tamworth pigs, Icelandic sheep, Norwegian Fjord horses, Tibetan yaks, and poultry. We are located in the Parkland Boreal transition zone surrounded by beautiful wooded areas, several small lakes and an abundance of wildlife, about 150 km north of Saskatoon.

We have constructed a strawbale garage on the property, and have begun work on a variety of other structures including greenhouses, a small off-grid log cabin, and a loft (for helpers!). We have a bulging library of gardening, permaculture, animal husbandry, and appropriate building technology books. We have a range of horse drawn farming equipment, and would welcome helpers with experience and interest in working with horses. Summer accommodations are camper trailers and in the fall/winter months we have a detached loft space and a spare bedroom in the house. Individuals, small groups or families travelling together are welcome. While there’s always too much to do, we make sure to take the time to enjoy our delicious homegrown food, which includes fruits and vegetables, dairy and meat products. We have celebrated locally grown food with our neighbours by hosting an annual pig roast in August. We are transplanted urbanites with many years of community development, natural building and growing experience, and we have a deep commitment to improving our environment and demonstrating that converting back to “The Good Life” is not only feasible, it is important.

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