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All Year: maybe
Area (ha): 2
Persons: depends
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 51300
Region: BC, Northern

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Last Updated: April 7, 2020

***We have already invited beyond our capacity so we cannot offer a place to anyone else right now. We cannot host anyome more until the crisis lifts.
But we have been doing this for over 5 years and I know we will keep doing it. The workshop is always calling, gardening season never really stops and kitchen experiments always need attention.
Once the directives are lifted we will go back to hosting food events and giving cooking classes so if you are looking to the future (July/August and after 2020) please write***

Nearly everything we do is in support of one thrill: adventures in food. But rural living out here in mid-nowhere means that there are endless other things to be tasked as well: construction, gardening, maintenance of many sorts, enhancing the natural beauty around us. Chances are that if you could describe a pure-fun, physical job, there would be something here I could offer that might satisfy those urges. If you want to work hard, eat marvelous meals and have a fabulous time in the gardens, the kitchen or the workshop (or all three), come join us and get a relaxing feel of rural life.

We are foodies far from the centres and trying to help create a culture of great food around us: for ourselves and for our friends. We are also trying to make that happen as much as is possible using local foods, neighbour's offerings, and our own produce. That is where we hope you will assist us, working with me in the gardens to keep their abundance coming and maybe bringing your creativity to the kitchen. Note: we eat everything and would hesitate to invite someone who has a diet that severely limits their choices.

In our growing season at least half your work will be keeping the gardens lush but you will also be called on to assist in woodwork, construction and general maintenance. You will assist in harvest, processing, canning, drying, fermenting, preserving and storing seasonable abundance; increasing the life of the food we grow or acquire. Your work will be a key in making sure we have a continuous supply of product to centre our meals around. You may not be expected to help prepare the foods we serve to guests but, if you want to assist after your main work is done, you will learn from an expert. We host one or more fine-dining dinners each week; if you assist in preparation and/or serving, you share in the gratuities. Regardless, you will be expected to take your share of tasks getting family meals ready.

Nonetheless, if food is one of your serious passions, you can get plenty of kitchen time.

Jenn spent her career as chef in fine dining restaurants and works to recapture the thrill. Something new is always happening in her kitchen either for the market, for our guests or sometimes just for us (and maybe you.) Bruce is a retired industrial forester recruited as sous-chef to Jenn’s insidious intentions. He is also chief labourer, carpenter and general dogs’-body for the plan. You could join our team and help us worry if we have enough pansy's to garnish the velouté. We like longer-term exchanges (3 weeks or longer) but will consider shorter stays in busy periods.

Incidentally, some might call us off-grid but we are remote only in the sense that there is no major city nearby and no mobile phone service or broadcast television. We have gas in the kitchen, satellite internet and Wi-Fi and pretty well every other city service. All of our interns so far have been able to keep in contact family and friends using Skype or a similar application. We have no livestock but if you like to ride there are many around us that keep extra horses and could offer you a mount.

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