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All Year: April 1st / November 30th
Area (ha): 0.4
Persons: 5/7
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 5735
Region: BC, South Eastern

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Last Updated: February 18, 2020

Come and learning how to play with the plants. We are looking for apprentice/ helpers from March 15 /April 1st and on wards until the end of November (weather dependent). We prefer Helpers who can stay for at least 8 weeks, though depending on our needs and the time of year we will consider a shorter stay. We are a small market garden, providing vegetables, berries ,herbs and edible flowers to our Local food Co-op , a retail farmer`s market, restaurants and families in the Nelson area . My husband and I have been running the market garden for 13 years . Gardening experience is not essential; we prefer a desire and willingness to learn. There is room for your inspiration and creativity here. If you have an interest in guiding and teaching others you can take on various challenges in the leaderships aspects of the garden operation.

We are looking for apprentices/Helpers with a serious and genuine interest in learning organic market gardening skills, You must be teachable, able to follow directions , ask questions as needed, and to participate cooperatively with others as well individually .If you are reliable, honest, responsible, physically fit, enjoy outdoor activities in most weather conditions then we would be happy to host you.

We provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about organic gardening, per ma culture, a large variety of different food plants, drying and processing ,as well as local food networks, and what it takes to run a successful small business. As an apprentice/volunteer Helper , you will be learning and participating with myself and other volunteer helpers in the vegetable and berry gardens , planting, weeding, harvesting ,mulching ,pruning ,and learning how to make vegetable compost, and many more tasks that are all part of growing a successful garden.

We are an easy 20 minute car ride from the cafes, pubs and stores of Nelson, and 10 minutes from Balfour. There is a very dependable bus service available just minute from the garden to get you to Nelson and other destinations. Please Google earth 5715 longbeach rd Nelson v1l 6p1 to see exactly where we are located. There is forest to explore above the property with many hiking and biking trails. Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is a 10min bicycle ride . A semi-private beach is just 5 minutes down the road for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. We have bikes for you to use, a badminton court, and two hammocks under the walnut tree as well as a fire pit to cozy up to and enjoy with friends on those starry nights .

We understand the need for balance between work and recreation, so we offer a different arrangement to traditional " Helper/Apprentices ". We are asking for only 2 hours of participation a day in exchange for accommodation, utilities Sharing a fully furnished kitchen and living area .Laundry ,and wireless Internet provided. Sorry, we canít provide meals .You will need to have enough monetary funds to supply your own personal Food and needs . We allow Helper`s to participate 2 hrs per day or two 7-hour days if they like ( or we can arrange for personal schedule ) and have 5 free days for exploring the Kootenays, or working a paid summer job "off Farm". It would be up to you to find "off Farm work " there are quite a few paid summer jobs in the area ... depending on what type of work you would be willing to do, and if you have a work visa,though not always required). We have lived here for 30 years and know a lot of people in the area .. it seem that lots of locals look for some temporary help on and off during the season . Any travelers who have been interested in off farm paid work have been very successful in finding the opportunity . Helper`s stay in one of two of our caravans, Or Tenting ( we call this G-lamping as you have a large tent complete with futon frame bed and mattress) please ask about what will be available ( if you are concerned about this) .. Adult oriented (sorry no kids or pets) No smoking in the house Please bring appropriate clothing and foot well as a good head light or flashlight .Check out our location on Google earth 5715 longbeach road Nelson B.C. as well as our Facebook page Aurora gardens Nelson B.C.

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