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Argenta, B.C.
All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: 1 to 3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 1072
Region: BC, South Eastern

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Last Updated: March 6, 2020

March 2020 available and some later in the year as well!

We - two men, and sometimes our 27-year-old son Etienne, and sometimes an old HelpXer or two who are still coming back) -- live in a beautiful old log house on a traditional, self-sufficient, Kootenay homestead. We've generally got chickens, sheep, ducks, gardens, fruit trees.

We're in a small community surrounded by wilderness: Argenta is a friendly place of 120 people — Quakers, hippies and just folks — on the northern tip of Kootenay Lake, at one end of the Earl Grey Trail. (You can walk here in four days from Invermere, or come the more usual way by road!)

There's always farm work (gardening, animals, preserving food and lots more) and lots of projects (building, fencing, wilderness trail building...). And, depending on the season, there's hiking, fishing, canoeing, sailing, skiing, skating and skinny-dipping (yup, lots of naked people here) in one of our ponds or in Kootenay Lake. We have a lot of homesteading experience and are very happy to share it. If you happen to be interested in construction work, this year's big project is to continue building big rock-and-masonry walls under the new woodshed roof.

You get to live in the "Wwoofer Palace", the "Chalet", a tent or maybe a room in the house. We've always got good food (vegetarian if necessary). There's an indoor bathroom, but we often prefer to build a fire under the outdoor hottub, soak under the sun and stars, and then — maybe! — jump in the pond. There's a great cob oven (built by a wonderful wwoofer) for baking things like bread and pizza. We've got a piano, an old pump organ, a harpsichord, two trombones and our voices.

We love to take HelpXers hiking in the fantastic alpine areas around here. Forests, mountains, lakes, wildlife, wilderness.

We usually use English, but we can also communicate in French, German, Spanish or Turkish if you wish. We welcome all races and nationalities, men and women, fuddyduddies and naked hippies, gay and straight — all kinds of friendly people. We invite you to become part of our family for a little while.

We don't always respond favourably to mass emails or copy-and-paste letters. If you want us to reply, please send an individual request, and maybe tell us why you're particularly interested in our farm. Please include the word 'lucky" in your email, so we know you have read our profile. Also, please include your email address, so we can send you our information letter -- it has lots of useful information and some pretty pictures. Thanks! We look forward to hearing from you!

reviews (9)
Helper: Christina and Ryan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: January 26, 2020
Seán & Uli We stayed with Seán & Uli this past August for about 10 days. ... view complete review

Helper: Martial and Laura Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 14, 2019
Nous avons passé trois semaines incroyables chez Sean et Uli. Avec eux vous a... view complete review

Helper: Chris Denaro Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: September 30, 2016
I stayed for 3 weeks, and I had an awesome time at Sean and Uli's. Argenta wa... view complete review

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Helper: Kelly Bouchard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: August 23, 2013
I stayed with Sean and Uli for one month. Then I decided that it was time to ... view complete review

Helper: Emily and Michael Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: May 17, 2011
Uli and Sean have a very unique and special thing happening at their beautifu... view complete review

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Helper: Steve Clarkson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 5, 2010
Unfortunately, my stay with Sean and Uli wasn't quite the wonderful, idyllic ... view complete review

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Helper: Gareth and Fletcher Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 8, 2010
Sean and Uli's place is fantastic. The most beautiful setting you could ever ... view complete review

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Helper: Miranda Schellenberg Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Canada Date: October 30, 2006
This is a one of a kind experience, I strongly recommend you to travel here. ... view complete review

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Helper: Sandra Lindblom Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Sweden Date: February 28, 2005
I highly recommend this place to anyone who is interested in homesteading! Wo... view complete review

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