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Salt Spring Island
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1.5
Persons: 1-3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 37866
Region: BC, Islands

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Last Updated: January 16, 2018

Our names are Ben and Kaleigh, and we are embarking on our 4th season of small-scale market production. We grow organic vegetables and fruit from April-December. We go to the Salt Spring Island Saturday Market and Tuesday Farmer's Market each week. We grow in three locations on leased farmland.

Helpxers, depending on the season, may be involved with bed preparation, planting and transplanting, weeding, seed saving, harvesting, and processing vegetables for market. Expect to learn about the care needs of a diversity of vegetables. You may also be involved in miscellaneous tasks such as painting signs and farm outbuildings, fixing fencing or gates etc.

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and likes to ask questions. For the purposes of communicating while we work, we do ask that Helpers have a moderate fluency in english. Experience with gardening is valued but not necessary, we are happy to instruct on the use of tools, plant care and biology. Be aware that the majority of our tasks will require some degree of physical labor, so be prepared with an adequate level of fitness and appropriate clothing choices (things you don't mind getting dirty).

Helpxers commit to work 4 days/week for 6 hours with an hour lunch break included. On work days we will provide you with three full meals. On your days off you are free to pursue other casual work or simply relax and enjoy the island. Helpxers may be required to make arrangements for their own meals on days off. You will have access to our fridge full of vegetables!

We live a 10 minute walk from the main road on a quiet acreage in a large home. Your stay will be in one of three places, in the main house bedroom, in a studio above our garage or in our converted school bus. In all cases, you will have a private space and we will share common areas: living room, the kitchen, and the washrooms. We are experienced hosts of international travellers and love to host people from other cultures and points of view. We often have guests and love to share our friends with newcomers.

Stays are a minimum of 7 days and a maximum of 30 days. Please arrange with us at least a week ahead of your visit.

Thanks and happy travels!

Kaleigh and Ben

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