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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 120
Persons: 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 23316
Region: Ontario

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Last Updated: February 27, 2020

Hey everybody
My name is Josef Theiler and this is Theiler farm. We milk 70 cows, and 250 goats twice a day, 365 days a year and work about 400 acres. There is always plenty of work to do, from feeding the calves and cows to bedding, maintenance, tidying up,housework, yardwork, tractor driving, carpentry and mechanics. I have a passion for inventing things and automation, with a well equipped ( though somewhat disorganized )workshop. The work arrangements are pretty flexible, I don`t like to count hours, so usually we work when there is work but we also try to make time for some fun. During the summer months we go to local fairs and events, the occasional boat ride or water skiing,and there are always beers in the fridge. You will get to see what farming is really like. I am willing to teach you whatever you`d like to learn, if you put in a good effort. Special preference given to anyone with a trade, mechanics, builders, plumbers etc, there is always something to do with Possibility of some compensation. Best suited to ambitious individuals with a genuine interest in agriculture.

Currently working on a pretty ambitious project, an automatic milking machine, would be great to host any fabricators or engineers that share an interest in modification and innovation!

About me, I`m 29 years old, I was born in Switzerland and am fluent in Swiss German, and have a very limited understanding of French. I have travelled abit myself, doing two harvest tours in the western united states and Canada. I worked around Australia when I was 20 for 8 months, came home and farmed for 4 years then headed out again and travelled around new Zealand and western Canada again. Met a lot of great people in my travels and joined helpx to bring part of the fun of travelling back home. Here are some pictures of the farm and a few of the great helpers ive had so far, Including a picture from our wedding and the helpers from all over that came to celebrate with us!

reviews (20)
Helper: Nick Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 3, 2019
Not my first HelpX but probably my best one. I stayed two months at the T... view complete review

Helper: Chauvet Clément Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 14, 2019
I stayed with the Theilers for about a month in February and it was a really ... view complete review

Helper: Hugo and Laura Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 26, 2019
Hi everybody, We spent 2 weeks in the beggining of january with Joe, Jess, R... view complete review

Helper: Susanne König Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: December 20, 2018
I spent 2,5 weeks on the beautiful Theiler Farm. It was a really nice time an... view complete review

Helper: Eddy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Mexico Date: November 8, 2018
Hi there! It was my first helpx experience in Joe's farm, and i can say af... view complete review

Helper: Dany and Sophie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: July 28, 2018
Hey guys, When we met Jo we wanted to stay only 2 weeks. After 1 week, Jo co... view complete review

Helper: Marina Bottenberg Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 21, 2018
I stayed one month at the Theiler farm and it was my first helpx experience. ... view complete review

Helper: Flavia Sperati Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: May 12, 2018
I spent a couple of weeks at the Theiler's farm at the end of April and it wa... view complete review

Helper: Jannes Straub Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 30, 2017
Hey there! Joe was my first HelpX-host and I think I could've not get a be... view complete review

Helper: Mathias Leclercq Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: March 24, 2017
I said in my previous review that I would be back... Here I am (rock you like... view complete review

Helper: Cornelius Witte Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: December 15, 2016
Together with Tamina I spent three weeks on the beautiful Theiler Farm. It wa... view complete review

Helper: Eric Hedrich Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 27, 2016
Firstly I want to say thank you for two great and amazing month on Theiler Fa... view complete review

Helper: Mathias Leclercq Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: October 21, 2016
It's been a long time since Joe's profile last comment. But when I read the o... view complete review

Helper: Rhian Mitchell Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: January 15, 2015
I had the best time staying at this farm! Joe, Jess and Dora made me feel at ... view complete review

Helper: Norbert Oleksik Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 4, 2014
Hey, My stay at Joe's Farm was awesome. Thanks to Joe I got to learn what ... view complete review

Helper: Andreas Jackson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: March 4, 2014
Let me start off with if you want an experience that you will never forget, t... view complete review

Helper: Franka and Fritz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 2, 2014
While staying on this farm we mainly worked on the feeding roboter, dissembli... view complete review

Helper: Matthew Vaughan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: January 11, 2014
I was here for 4 weeks over Christmas and new years. I was able to learn a lo... view complete review

Helper: Paula Loose Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 10, 2013
I´ve stayed at Joe´s place for at least 4 weeks and these were really great w... view complete review

Helper: Andreas and Katja Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 2, 2013
Hi everybody ! We spent 2 Months with Joe. We left this lovely place and ... view complete review

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