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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1200
Persons: up to 6
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 29916
Region: Alberta

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Last Updated: February 27, 2020

Looking for something different? Pigs, bison, beavers, music, milk cow, northern lights, nature, wilderness, trees, tractors, gardening, organic, turkeys, trees, swans, skiing, solitude, chickens, community, canoeing, campfires, choir, concerts, cats, cows, cuisine, festivals, fishing, etc. etc. etc. Something different happening every day!

Certified organic for the past 31 years, this farm is considered an ecological reserve of over 3000 acres of mostly aspen forest, three creeks and several beaver ponds. Organic since 1990 and hosts for almost as long, our diverse ranch includes grass finished Belted Galloway cattle, Plains bison, free range chickens and turkeys but our specialty are the Berkshire pigs. We raise heritage breeds of pigs in a gentle environment from farrow to finish, outside, year round. "Clara" our milk cow, a close members of our family, supplying all our dairy needs. Easy to milk too!

Our associations include Slow Food International and the Weston A Price Foundation.

Help is appreciated throughout the year with most jobs centered around caring for the animals (no shit shoveling as all animals are free range on pasture). Accommodation is either in our log house or in the two buildings separate from the family home. Volunteers should be kind, independent, innovative and ready for adventure. People wanting to learn skills about raising livestock organically will learn lots. Some have even gone on to start their own farms!
Meals include a lot of organics with all meat coming from the farm. Lots of opportunities for cooking or learning how to cook. All living costs are covered with the exception of personal products, clothes and junk food. Aside from good times on the farm, we also try to provide our guests with a "cultural experience" unique to our area. This can be anything from hiking, canoeing, XC skiing, fishing, visiting waterfalls, concerts, auction sales, art shows, star gazing, workshops, protest rallies, rodeos, etc. Lots of campfires and neighborhood parties. Even the northern lights (aurora borealis) like to visit. Other visitors include moose, deer, coyotes, swans and the occasional bear. Musicians are most appreciated! We have a piano in the house along with other instruments. Internet is high speed (for Canada).

reviews (6)
Helper: Sharni and Nathan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: February 26, 2020
What a wonderful experience! We stayed with Jerry and his daughter Kari for ... view complete review

Helper: Maud and Alice Saelens Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: September 13, 2017
Thank you Jerry for your hospitality, the amazing ice cream and bison, your t... view complete review

Helper: Martin and Melissa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: January 21, 2016
We spent more than one month on Jerry’s farm. It is a really nice place with ... view complete review

Helper: Eduard Garcia Montoro Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: September 24, 2015
For everybody who wants nature, have fun, learning, good people and excellent... view complete review

Helper: Vincent and Anna Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 25, 2014
We stayed two and a half weeks at First Nature Farms in October 2014 and real... view complete review

Helper: Sarah O'Dwyer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: October 5, 2014
Hi....I spent a period of three weeks at Gerry's farm and I learned a lot abo... view complete review

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