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Cumberland
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2.9 acres
Persons: 1
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 25556
Region: Vancouver Island

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Last Updated: March 7, 2020

We are located on Vancouver Island in the foothills below the Comox Glacier, 6 km. from the ocean and have hosted travelling helpers for 18 years. Accommodation is a rustic and basic bright loft in the bicycle building workshop. (Unheated but with plenty of quilts and a hot water bottle, plus the house is warmed with a cozy wood cook stove in cool weather.) We have several garden plots, a greenhouse, fruit trees and a walnut tree. I am a writer, a folk musician and a community and social justice advocate and Ross is a peace activist, an alternative bicycle designer, specializing in power assist and recumbent bicycles, utility cycling and bike packing. He is also a land survey technician. The tasks depend on the season and include general gardening work such as compost making, planting, weeding, mulching, harvesting, fence repair, plus firewood, bicycle repair, help in the kitchen and occasionally some house work. We eat organic vegetarian meals, fish, chicken and meat. There are wilderness outdoor recreational activities close by, including hiking, skiing, mountain biking and swimming. There are cultural events in the village of Cumberland, 3 km. away, and in Courtenay, 9 km. away. We have bikes to lend and there is a local bus system. We share our house with one cat. As we are a small place we are open to and prefer shorter stays.We request that helpers please refrain from using chemically scented products while staying with us. The garden is waking up after its winter sleep.

reviews (7)
Helper: Benedict Bühler Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 23, 2019
I spent a week with Judy and Ross. Before arrive I already received the first... view complete review

Helper: Lisa Koll Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: August 30, 2016
I'm happy that I finally find the time to write these two old hippies a revie... view complete review

Helper: Joe and Sally Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 8, 2016
We stayed with Judy and Ross for 1 week at the end of June and enjoyed our ti... view complete review

Helper: Moa Karlsson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Sweden Date: June 16, 2016
I stayed in Cumberland for 10 days in April and it was an awesome experience.... view complete review

Helper: Benjamin Samson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 3, 2015
Hi everyone, I spent ten days at Judy's and Ross's and it was just MARVELO... view complete review

Helper: Max Garner Tucker Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: June 20, 2015
Judy and Ross are a loving friendly couple of hippies who are happy to teach ... view complete review

Helper: Cindy Wainwright Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: June 12, 2015
I first stayed with Judy and Ross in 2002 and again this month and found the... view complete review

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