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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 44
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 8184
Region: Ontario

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Last Updated: November 22, 2019

Our farm is situated in the rolling hills of Northumberland County, 10 minutes north of Cobourg. The view is magnificent and the gardens are gorgeous.

We have many projects on the farm including a vegetable garden that supports 4 families. This winter we hope to do some much needed repairs to our farm house. In the summer we will be getting the site prepared for the new barn and starting the construction. Ten years ago we lost our barn, which burned to the ground. This has made it extremely challenging to manufacture earth blocks and to keep our lumber piles dry. Three summers ago we dismantled a steel post and beam barn and moved it to the farm and it will be set in place next summer. Currently we are finishing some trim work on the straw bale project and could use a hand with building some decks. Although we prefer to have helpers come with some history building and carpentry, most important is an eagerness for hands on work.

We have developed a compressed earth block and straw bale hybrid building system, which is the first of its kind in Canada. There are two houses on our farm that have been built using this technique. Henry is always eager to share his experience and knowledge.

Currently we have 3 people staying with us (2 are leaving in a couple of weeks) , and will have room for one person or a couple in January.
We really enjoy getting to know people and watching the helpers form a wonderful group and hang out together. Everyone becomes a part of the family. The atmosphere on our farm is relaxed, warm and accommodating. We enjoy bonfires, games, cooking in our pizza oven and music events. The sound of laughter and good times echoes over the hills. In the summer after work a swim in our above ground pool is a usual event.

In the warmer weather we spend most of our time in the "dome", an outdoor shelter complete with kitchen, dining area, and ping pong table and darts. It's a great hang out spot. There are private rooms for all our helpers.

Depending on the season, while you are here you will be involved with simple construction/carpentry; harvesting berries, herbs and flowers to make herbal medicine and skin care products; helping with preserving food (including canning) for the winter and hopefully being a part in the many celebrations that take place on our farm. We are surrounded by a very friendly community and we all share similar values of living sustainably, walking kindly on our earth.

reviews (7)
Helper: Allan Burns Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: November 1, 2017
For a first HelpX experience Henry and Johanna's farm was amazing. They made ... view complete review

Helper: Jack Roberts Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 6, 2017
Was a lovely place to do my first helpx and will definitely think about going... view complete review

Helper: Paul Mason Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: February 10, 2017
My 3 month stay with Henry and Joanna was a life changing experience. I was g... view complete review

Helper: Eytan Kurland Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 10, 2016
I spent 2 months at Fifth Winds this past summer and I feel so lucky to have ... view complete review

Helper: Teyen Widdicombe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: January 18, 2016
I stayed with the Wiersmas and their (very) extended wwooffer family for 7 mo... view complete review

Helper: Mark and Sarah Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 4, 2015
Henry and Joanna are the most beautiful, welcoming and giving hosts that you ... view complete review

Helper: Nikita and Geoffroy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 13, 2015
This house is the house of happiness. We advise all, your family is great and... view complete review

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