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Port Alberni
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 3
Persons: 1 to 3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 18085
Region: Vancouver Island

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Last Updated: February 27, 2020

My small farm is located on the Somass River in Port Alberni. I have a small flock of sheep and lambs which are raised for meat, meat rabbits, ducks and geese. I also raise organic produce and maintain large gardens. If you want to experience animal husbandry and the daily care of sheep and rabbits and everyday life on an farm this is a great place. The lambs are usually born in February. The work on the farm is varied, and often involves cleaning barns, helping with the animals and weeding in the garden. Work in the garden and yard starts in the spring.

There are a lot of outdoor activities in this area. Hiking, kayaking, bicycling,with the West Coast Trail,Pacific Rim National Park, Tofino and Ucluelet are only an hour and half drive away. Mt Washington for skiing, snowboarding is also close by. I am on a river so swimming and tubing in the summer is a must. Victoria is only a few hours drive.
I have a room available for a single or a couple. Meals are shared when possible. I am not always able to accommodate specialty food requests. I enjoy workers who can follow directions, be self motivated and can work independently. I am very flexible with schedules so that you can explore Port Alberni, Tofino, Ucluelet and the West Coast.

The farm also has honey bees, 2 dogs, 2 cats,2 parrots, ducks, and a llama.

reviews (26)
Helper: Sara Lehner Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: October 24, 2019
I fell in love with vancover island and with the farm! It's located next to a... view complete review

Helper: Kimberly Shook Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 11, 2018
Our stay with Jan was simply awesome. She invited my daughter, our dog, and m... view complete review

Helper: Arnaud and Lisa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 19, 2017
We spend three week in Jan's home and it was a very good experience. Jan was... view complete review

Helper: Florian and Lisa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Austria Date: June 20, 2017
Me and my GF have spent a awesome week at Jans farm. She treats all her lovel... view complete review

Helper: Sonja Schneider Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 1, 2017
It was a pleasure to stay with Jan! I would definetely recommend this place. ... view complete review

Helper: Myriam and Jan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 17, 2017
We stayed with Jan for 9 days and it was our first helpx experience. Jan's fa... view complete review

Helper: Alexia Marchett Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 9, 2016
Cottonwood was my best place for discover this island. This farm is a little ... view complete review

Helper: elina Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 29, 2016
Nice place to discover sheep breeding in respect of animals and environment h... view complete review

Helper: Annika Stallmann Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: July 25, 2016
I can only but agree with all the positive reviews! It was my first time help... view complete review

Helper: Yasmina and Matthieu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 23, 2016
Such a beautiful site, and a very kind host! We spent just two weeks in her l... view complete review

Helper: Thorsten and Elena Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: August 22, 2015
We spent two weeks at Jan's farm and had a great time. The Cottonwood Farm is... view complete review

Helper: Frederike Bauer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 18, 2015
Unfortunately I could just spend 2 weeks at Jan's small farm! I had a great t... view complete review

Helper: Maxime and Marie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 28, 2015
We spent two wonderful weeks with Jan. She is a perfect host and she was very... view complete review

Helper: Kyung ho yoo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Korea, South Date: November 2, 2014
Here was my first helpx place. i stayed here for a little more one month. usu... view complete review

Helper: Tina Mahnke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 22, 2014
I have spent one month at Janís farm and it was amazing. The environment is g... view complete review

Helper: Tina Mahnke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 22, 2014
I have spent one month at Janís farm and it was amazing. The environment is g... view complete review

Helper: Veronika and Petr Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Czech Republic Date: October 16, 2014
We have stayed with Jan on her farm for 2,5 weeks and we had great time. Feed... view complete review

Helper: Bill Ryley Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 12, 2014
I have only positive things to say about Jan and her wonderful farm. I'm in c... view complete review

Helper: Dina and Bruno Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 22, 2014
We spent three weeks at Jan's farm and we really had a wonderful time there. ... view complete review

Helper: Ruth Notley Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 7, 2014
This was my first HelpX experience and I stayed with Jan for 4 weeks. I ca... view complete review

Helper: Viola and Samir Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 8, 2014
We first thought about to stay just for two weeks at Jans farm, but then this... view complete review

Helper: Andrea Ludlage Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 24, 2014
I've spent two months at Jan's Cottonwood Farm and really enjoyed my stay. I'... view complete review

Helper: Gemma and Philip Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 27, 2013
We really enjoyed staying at jan's place, sad it was only for a few days. Ver... view complete review

Helper: Gareth and Celia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: May 24, 2013
We loved our stay with Jan, the 5 dogs (Tina, Val, Blaze, Poppy and Zoe) the ... view complete review

Helper: Bastien ribot Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 24, 2013
I stayed 3 weeks at Cottonwood Farm and it was wonderful. Jane is a great pe... view complete review

Helper: Katharina Romer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: April 5, 2013
I've spent more than 1 month at Jans' place and I really enjoyed my stay at t... view complete review

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