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Area (ha): 1000
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 93953
Region: Yukon

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Last Updated: January 14, 2020

Welcome to the Yukon! We offer beef cows and their babies, an elk herd, pigs, organic garden, greenhouses, fishing, tractors, canoeing, wilderness trails, music (piano, ukulele, singing, harmonizing), Boo and Henry, our farm dogs, northern lights, mountains, community, festivals, delicious organic food, berry picking and wild mushroom harvesting, woodcutting, chainsaws, splitting wood, campfires, and good times!. All meat produced on farm &butcher shop. Near a Hot Springs in the area.

We have a large ranch/farm in the Takhini valley 30km outside Whitehorse, where we pasture cows and elk, have a large organic garden and greenhouse, raise pigs and chickens in the summer months. We heat with wood so appreciate someone who knows how to run a chainsaw. Our family has been on the land since 1962, when my husband's father homesteaded the property. We have 5 grown children, two live and work in Whitehorse, two live on Vancouver Island, and one lives with her husband on the ranch and they have built their home here and have a seven year old girl who loves to do chores, and a four year old boy who loves farm life too!| We have four other grandchildren who live in Whitehorse and come out to visit the farm on a regular basis, so we are very multigenerational!

In 2014 we planted 3000 haskap berry bushes in late May/early June, and in 2015 we did the same number at the same time. In 2016 we planted another 2000 haskaps and have spent the last couple of years cultivating these plants. They are a delicious northern hardy berry, sort of like a cross between a wild blueberry and raspberry in flavour, and like a wild blueberry in colour and size. Filled with anthocyanins and flavonoids, they are poised to become the new 'superfood', putting acai and others in the backseat. We get 4 beehives from a neighbour to maximize the pollination. 2019 was very promising for berry production as the bushes had a lot of blooms in late May and early June and we anticipate that 2020 will be the same. The main haskap picking time is from mid July to mid August. In 2018 and 2019 we did a U-Pick and it was great...we met lots of wonderful people, made new friends and look forward to doing U-Pick again in 2020.

In 2015 we raised 3 pigs as well, which was quite entertaining and fun.They turned into sausages and bacon at the end of the season, and are delicious. In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 we got 4 little pigs, who in due time turned into big pigs and bacon. In 2020 we will get another 4 little pigs.

In 2014 we mentored a wonderful young couple through the Yukon farm internship program, and in 2017 we had a wonderful intern named Rayden from Saskatchewan. This program is designed to encourage young Canadians interested in farming to experience what it would be like to live and work on a farm for a complete farming season. The young couple we mentored in 2014 recently bought a farm on the East Coast of Canada, and we enjoy keeping in contact with them and following their progress as they start their farming adventure. Rayden returned again in 2018, but this year he is following an amazing opportunity in Uganda. Hopefully we will be able to find a new intern in 2020 as great as Rayden!

We welcome Canadian interns and homestay helpers as well as international. All are welcome!

Another project we have been working on is to make up a comprehensive forestry/grazing management plan for a thousand acres we lease and own across the river from our main ranch property.

We would like to offer prospective homestay helpers the opportunity to experience the exhilaration of working in this beautiful setting...we are on the Takhini river in the middle of a wide valley, encircled by majestic mountains...eating delicious meals of produce from the greenhouse or garden and our elk or beef...and housed in individual, private clean and neat wall-tents in the loft of a large three story barn. Jobs would include: helping with the haskap picking and irrigation and weeding, helping with fencing, getting wood, taking care of elk and/or cows, gardening, greenhousing, helping with the kale harvesting and dehydrating and packaging, helping with harvesting the beef cattle and elk and other jobs as they arise. If you are here when it happens, you could also be involved with the butchering process of beef/elk which includes cutting and wrapping in the butcher shop and possibly learn how to make sausage.

Barbara sings, plays piano, and has started to learn the ukulele from a woofer named Felix! She would love to harmonize with any homestay helper who are musically inclined!!! There are also music festivals throughout the summer in the Yukon that could be experienced, and great opportunity to visit with neighbours, around campfires, around the supper table. We are looking for kind, adventuresome, eager to learn, hard working and happy to socialize type volunteers - if thats you, contact us!

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