All Year: Yes
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!