Volounteers will work on a variety of different tasks depending on what we're working on while you're here. There are opportunities to learn about fruit and vegetable gardening, animal care, construction. We don't expect you to have any prior skills, but we expect you to be flexible and work hard. Volounteers are welcome to enjoy seasonal produce from the garden and farm fresh eggs during their stay. Wildlife can be seen daily, particularly wild turkeys and deer. We have bikes for volounteers to use to explore the surrounding area, including the nearby Slocan Valley Rail Trail and swimming in the Slocan River. For those with backcountry experience, Valhalla Provincial Park offers many recreational opportunities. There are cafes in Winlaw to hang out at, and a popular beach on the lake in Slocan. We are located close to five (five!) different hot springs in Nakusp and Ainsworth.
We are a family of three that includes a new baby. We also have a friendly dog and cat, and laying hens that provide us with plenty of eggs. Our biggest projects this year are continuing to improve our garden and infrastructure, and building a new shop. Volounteers will enjoy staying in a private and charming vintage school bus that has been converted into living quarters with it's own kitchen, dining area, shower with hot running water, double bed, and nearby outhouse. Bedding and towels are provided. Accommodation is suitable for singles or couples or two close friends that don't mind sharing the bed. Volounteers will prepare their own meals in the bus with groceries provided by hosts, eggs from our chickens, and fruits and vegetables from the garden. There is no cell service here. Volounteers are welcome to use our landline if needed. If you wish to make long distance calls you will need a long distance phone card. There is wifi available for volounteers to use however it is slow satellite internet with limited data, so volounteers are asked not to do any streaming or downloading. Volounteers are expected to work 5 hours per day, 5 days per week. We initially accept volounteers for a one week stay, with the option to stay longer if all goes well. The Greyhound bus no longer serves our region. Kootenay Rideshare (https://kootenay.ride-share.org/) is a great option for arranging transportation here from other parts of BC or Alberta. Also, Silver City Stagelines (https://fritztravels.com/) operates a bus service between Kelowna and Nelson/Castlegar. We can pick you up from Nelson, Castlegar, or the Playmor Junction at the junction of Highway 6 and Highway 3a, or other places nearby.