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Grand Manan
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 20
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 30060
Region: New Brunswick

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Last Updated: June 15, 2014

We are attempting to transform a dense 50 acre forest (3 acres are ploughable) into a modern homestead with fruits, berries, vegetables, grains, fowl and cattle.

We operate on a tight budget, travelling by bicycle, cooking simple food and living in a travel trailer while we build our first cabin.

I(Derek)have homesteading experience in 5 countries, including more than a year living with Amish and Mennonites and 5 years in intentional communities. I've worked in 7 other countries as a teacher. My wife is Indonesian and works as a translator, writer, graphic designer and felt crafts-person.
Work may include collecting seaweed at the beach, taking bike trailer to store to get supplies, helping to build bridge, animal shelters, cabins or fence, mulching, surveying, forestry work, tractor driving, moving stones, path work, road work. This summer (2014) will have plenty of work as a construction helper.
We know that we cannot offer the same sort of comfort and soft jobs as other hosts, but the work we are doing has a balance that isn't found on commercial farms, yet still has the authenticity that some visitors wish to engage with. Sleeping arrangements for workers at the moment are in a very big, dry tent that you can stand in.
Grand Manan Island has a cool summer season, has great hiking and kayaking, and the residents are extremely friendly and helpful.

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