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Lone Butte
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 130
Persons: 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 86624
Region: BC, Northern

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Last Updated: July 8, 2018

Hi our names are Ali and Tyler of Maverick Farms. Located in Bridge Lake, BC near 100 Mile House, we focus on ethical farming and educating the public on the importance of raising healthy, happy livestock. We raise sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, cattle, turkeys and rabbits. We are proud to supply our community with hormone free, naturally raised meat. We often provide petting zoos for community events and do talks/offer hands on experience to allow people to see how farming should be done.

Ali is a Realtor and is very involved in her horses and other animals. She would be happy to talk for hours about each of her animals and what she has learned from them and about them over the years. Tyler is a carpenter and is always willing to chat about woodworking/building!

After work is done, there may be the opportunity to enjoy a game of horseshoes, a swim in beautiful Bridge Lake, a kayak at a friends nearby resort, or a hike through the forest. Or maybe time to practice your roping skills on our calf dummy, or listen to the guitar around the campfire. Life on the farm isn`t easy; there`s always work to do, but we find that with teamwork and laughter, any chore can be made fun! "Watching the clock" doesn`t work here as we work until the work is done; the animals comes first! In return for your hard work we make sure to immerse you in our local culture, as well as showing you the sites, taking you to events, and offering as fulfilling as an exchange as possible. Bring some spending money because theres a lot of fun stuff to do in our amazing community!

We are looking for eager, outgoing volunteers. You must be outdoorsy and hardworking. Preferably with experience with carpentry, handy-man work, or animal care, but all applicants will be considered, regardless of experience.

Volunteers must be physically fit. Experience in livestock care, fencing, gardening, and hard work will be preferred, but the main thing we are looking for in volunteers is the ability to do any type of work giving 100% and with a smile. We are fully prepared to teach you and will definitely appreciate a willing to learn attitude.

We provide you with a private room (queen bed) with shared bathroom. Wifi. Meals will be provided, help in the kitchen/cleanup is required. Breakfast is usually cereal/toast and sometimes some kind of eggs (from our own happy hens), lunch could be soup, salad, sandwiches and/or leftovers from the previous dinner. Dinner is usually well balanced meals comprised of meat, vegetables, and carbs. Sometimes we have pizza and movies ;) If you require anything fancy or believe you may still be hungry after meals or between meals we can bring you along when we go grocery shopping and you can purchase some things for yourself to either keep in your room or we can make you a spot in the pantry/fridge :)

We have many great walking trails and mountain bikes available for volunteers to use. We are also lucky to live beside Bridge Lake, a very popular fishing/boating lake, so visits to the lake are common through the summer. It is a great place to cool off after a day of work on the farm! The best way to get to the farm is to make your way to 100 Mile House via Greyhound Bus from one of the major cities. We can then pick you up from there. Our home is friendly and open and usually brimming with activity. We do not smoke, do drugs or drink excessively and expect the same from our volunteers. As we are at risk of wildfire in our area due to high amount of fuel in the forests we Kindly ask that those who smoke tobacco do not apply. Alcohol is allowed (though Tyler doesn`t drink, Ali will have the occasional glass of wine, and other housemates drink socially), though being responsible and knowing your limits is required. Sloppy drunks need not apply! We appreciate our privacy and know volunteers do as well. We aren`t pristine or obsessed with cleaning but we do ask you keep your space tidy and relatively clean during your stay and then clean/wash your sheets before you leave the farm. We also ask that volunteers clean up after themselves in the common areas and help with after-meal cleanup, bathroom wipe-overs, vacuuming etc in their off-time.

Volunteers will be farming right alongside us. We need help with gardening, animal care, building (including shelters, fences, and other farm requirements), maintenance (rock picking, yard cleanup, clean out of shelters/coops) and more. Jobs change daily and we need a volunteer who doesn`t mind going with the flow, switching things up, long hours, and some dirt under the finger nails!

Our community is brimming with activity and truly represents the Canadian spirit. We raise and butcher our own animals here on the farm. We believe in ethically raised meat, providing our animals with love and respect in their lives and a respectful and painless death. We also use every part of the animal to respect them even in death. Due to this aspect of farming, vegans/vegetarians may not fit in well here. We love teaching people about ethical farming practices and have had many volunteers leave and choose to continue this lifestyle, sourcing their meat from local farms etc (instead of grocery stores). We also love teaching people about respect for nature and our environment and enjoy spending as much time outside as possible.

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