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Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 83996
Region: BC, South Western

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Last Updated: March 1, 2019

Situated on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Gibsons, near Vancouver, British Columbia our organic farm offers a full range of farming activities. We engage in sustainable practises and are continually learning and experimenting as we go. We are definitely out of the box. We farm between 2 locations in Gibsons....the home base which is a 2.75 acre farm and an 8.5 acre farm about 3 km away.

We are primarily looking for help with our building infrastructure projects this summer season. We usually focus on our projects in the summer months then find time to rest more from gardening and projects in the winter. Our projects this year include a barn, covered shelters for the animals, fencing and set up for the animals to have a space to meet passing by tourists who visit the farm stand.

If you’re particularly interested in caring for farm animals....a llama, a pig, 2 goats, 6 sheep, 3 lambs, 3 emus, geese, ducks and chickens you are welcome to come and help out anytime, year round, including the fall and winter months. We prefer stays of at least a month or 2 if you want to participate in animal care because the animals get to know you and look for routine and consistency. They bond and feel safe when they have time to get to know you.

We mostly eat our own food grown on the farm and cook homemade healthy food everyday. We do eat meat so if you’re vegetarian you need to be more involved with the menu. Breakfast and lunch meals are more self serve with homemade bread and hot cooked meals, soups, stews, leftovers from our evening meals. We ask everyone to participate together in the evening meal by meeting before dinner to help prep the meal. There’s usually a lot of chopping because we’re heavy on the vegetables. This is fun too because we can learn about cultural food dishes and flavours from each other.

We are looking for help at the farm for 5 hrs per day 5 days per week. Sometimes you will be working on your own depending what kind of task your doing. Many building projects require 2 people and Tom requires a helper many times.

If you have carpentry, handyman, or any other trade that would be wonderful. Or if you have a strong aptitude and desire you would enjoy working with Tom.

We can always use help in our gardens because we grow a lot of food mostly for our own personal use but we do have a few produce items we sell. These include garlic, potatoes, kale, blueberries and eggs. We have large gardens outdoors and a 9000 sq ft greenhouse...part of which is occupied by my babies....chicks, ducklings, goslings.

Gibsons is located on the Sunshine Coast of BC and is a 40 min ferry ride from Vancouver. It is a small rural area that does have a bus route but only runs every hour or so, the Farm locations are both relatively near bus routes so you can walk to them if you’d like to see more of the Sunshine Coast. There’s lots of beaches and trails and nature to enjoy and these are walking distance from the Farm.

During your stay you will be staying at one of the Farm locations. We have many sleeping options including either Farm house, cabin or a separate trailer. We have wifi.

We love to meet travellers and share experiences. We like to have everyone come together for prep and dinner and hang out a bit everyday. This is our time to connect with each other during the day after we have each done our projects for the day.

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