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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 166 hectares
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 6579
Region: Ontario

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Last Updated: March 26, 2018

Manitoulin Island is in the centre of the five Great Lakes, the largest freshwater island on the planet, about 140 km long and 40 km wide and has over 100 lakes on it. Translated from Ojibway, Manitoulin means "Home of the Great Spirit".
Aldona and I live on 412 acres. We built our house, barn, and sheds, raised four children and looked after an organic cow-calf beef herd for over 30 years. The cows are gone, now.
Cycle of Year’s Work
March/April - collect maple sap to make maple syrup at the edge of the hardwood forest
April - inoculate ironwood, maple and birch logs with plugs of shiitake spawn, prepare logs for fruiting, cut firewood, collecting medicinal plants in the forest, beginning with wild leeks.
May - Prepare gardens. Plant potatoes.
July - Cutting, raking, baling hay in small square bales.
August - garden work.
September - canning produce
October & November - cutting firewood
December – January – February – daily chores and relatively quiet

We welcome foreign visitors and help them learn conversational English. WOOFers from Japan, Germany, France, Singapore, China, Denmark, Belgium, Canada and Holland have stayed with us.

There is wi-fi in the house and and a personal reference library, and an equally large music collection.
Algis operates a licensed amateur radio station, VE3AIB and welcomes "hams".
There are bicycles and kayaks for recreational use.

Algis is a board member of Manitoulin Streams and occasionally involves WWOOFers in stream restoration projects.

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