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St. Andrew's
All Year: No
Area (ha): .65
Persons: 1
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 81045
Region: Newfoundland

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Last Updated: December 1, 2018

We are a young-ish couple who started up a small eco-hostel in spring 2018 in the Codroy Valley of southwest Newfoundland. We're looking for a motivated helper in 2019 who is genuinely interested in learning with us how to live off-grid and sharing skills. Possibility of both short- and long-term stays, depending on the situation.

Currently we rent out rooms in a hostel but our vision is to make it less about tourism and more about sustainability education and permaculture in action. We'll still be a hostel but with lots of activities on the go every day, whether it's food & gardening workshops, "free school", movie screenings, sports & games, meditation, music, festivals, etc. All skills and knowledge could potentially be teachable to community members, tourists, even us. Ideally, our helper would want to build this place with us and be part of our team. Our goal is to share a co-op type space where different people take care of it throughout the year.

We built an 18 foot geodesic dome greenhouse in 2018. Next year, we'll be working on the following eco-projects: mass rocket heater for the greenhouse; balcony for our lounge/cinema/event space; willow tree gazebo; bicycle-powered washing machine; rainwater collection; mushroom cultivation; composting & humanure; kelp harvesting; furniture construction from salvaged materials; murals & general artistic design; horticulture & landscape design; alternative energy generation; general permaculture & gardening help; help with chickens; trail construction; pond building.

We're open to experimentation and have space to let volunteers explore their passions and projects, even if not on the above list. We expect helpers to put in 5-6 hours a day (9-12 and 2-5), 5 days a week. In exchange for help, fresh vegan cooking ingredients are provided on work days (everyone is expected to contribute to cooking/baking), as well as ample free time to explore the area. On weekends, helpers are welcome to help themselves to food & herbs from the garden but must take care of other food items on their own. NOTE: We never provide animal products to our helpers.

We live at a dead end, on a river surrounded by mountains with impressive hikes, are steps away from a beautiful beach, and offer kayaks & bikes to our helpers. Our rural community is small and tight-knit. We have WiFi but no TV. We live simply, avoiding processed products, and eat a strict vegan diet. Our garden provides much of our food. Our cats wander freely both outdoors and indoors. Double bed available for guests as well as lots of tent space. We strive to live with mindful intention but don't take ourselves too seriously. English, French, Italian, some Spanish, and a smackering of other languages spoken. LGBTQ friendly.

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