Slocan Valley Farm Opportunity #2 – Earth Crafters Gardens

Owned by Fonda and Allan Pusey

Entering our 4th year of gardening in Paradise, we are looking for eager helpers to share our knowledge with, learn from, experiment with ideas, and try something new.

Features:

We are a multi-generational family of 5 living on 9 acres of agricultural land on the Slocan River. We share our garden space with another family of 4; growing, harvesting and learning together. It is important to us that our wwoofers, interns and guests are child friendly as our children are a big focus of our life.

We believe in sustainable living, biodynamics, life-long learning, and principles of permaculture fit right in. All of our chickens and ducks are heritage breeds, providing tasty nutrient dense eggs. Most of our seeds are also heritage or heirloom varieties and we believe in growing a diverse selection of food rather than something that “travels well” or is “good for market”. We use all natural manures and composts, no chemicals are used on the farm, and we use and encourage only natural products in our home as well, being very aware that everything is returned to the land and water system that we love so dearly. Our water comes from a gravity fed supply from Pedro Creek and is the beautiful, clean, mountain water unique to this area.

We plant our beds in spirals, circles and other unique designs from sacred geometry with the belief that plants grow better in organic design, and bees pollinate in spiral patterns, creating harmony for all. We have been experimenting with different ways to plant, care for, “weed” and harvest our vegetables and fruits with ideas from permaculture, the Stella Natura biodynamic calendar, and from the Ringing Cedars books.

We live by a Self-designing philosophy of life and work, exploring and learning together, following our passions, co-inspiring and sharing. We encourage our guests to share their ideas for projects and ways of gardening so that we all may learn from each other.

Our meals are primarily vegetarian and organic with whole foods, and local foraged fare. We can easily accommodate vegan and gluten free requirements though some members of our family do eat wheat so we are not a gluten-free kitchen (yet). We encourage and appreciate wwoofers and guests to help with food preparation and clean-up.

Our property borders the highway with the Rails to Trails buffering us from the highway traffic. This allows easy access to local venues, festivals, and restaurants. We encourage our wwoofers and guests to explore the beauty of the area and to attend local pot-lucks, festivals and permaculture group projects and meetings with us.

We share a love of music in our home where you will always hear music playing in some form. You may even have the opportunity (or several) to enjoy some live “jamming” in our cabin, and join in if you are comfortable doing so.

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Projects we intend to work on in the coming year:
build a chicken tractor
plant more apple trees
re-forestation of upper pasture
outdoor kitchen
outdoor shower/ wash space
build a treehouse for the kids
prepare for beekeeping
relocate seedlings and suckers
build a yurt
create a more dynamic space in the greenhouse; incorporating levels, watering systems, fans, and heat retention
expand raspberry, blackberry and blueberry patches
shape and prune trees and shrubs
create natural fencing in the pasture
house and cabin renovations

Typical duties/ projects by season:

Early Spring:
woodworking / carpentry for projects such as chicken tractors
firewood chopping, hauling and stacking
seed starting / garden planning / transplanting/ creating and shaping new garden beds
weed management
attending meetings with Valley Permaculture Guild –learning and implementing great ideas from other local farms
animal care, feeding chickens and ducks/ washing eggs
Winlaw Water festival in early May

Early Summer:
soil building / weed management
garden planting / transplanting
woodworking / carpentry projects (fixing fences, building outdoor shower/ wash house)
wild crafting
foraging / harvesting early berries and greens
art-ifying: adding artistic elements to our growing spaces
attending meetings with Valley Permaculture Guild –learning and implementing great ideas from other local farms
tool maintenance
animal care, feeding chickens and ducks/ washing eggs
Summer Solstice community gathering in June

Late Summer / Fall
harvesting / seed collecting
planting and transplanting overwintering plants
weed management
fermenting/ canning / dehydrating / preserving/ shelling/ jamming
foraging
art-ifying: adding artistic elements to our growing spaces
woodworking / carpentry (finishing projects, renovations to existing living spaces)
firewood / chainsaw skills, chopping, hauling and stacking to prepare for fall and winter
prepping pond/ greenhouse/ garden beds for winter rest
tool maintenance
animal care, feeding chickens and ducks/ washing eggs
Unity festival in August, Sinixt Barter Fair in September

~PLEASE REPLY TO US BELOW AT TRICYCLE ACRES OR EMAIL vpg@rbrand.ca IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS FARM OPPORTUNITY~

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Slocan Valley Farm Opportunity #1 – The Red Snowshoe

A little bit about us and life at The Red Snowshoe

We (Renata + Dino) moved from Vancouver to the beautiful Slocan Valley 4 years ago and although the learning curve was rather steep at first it is now at a much gentler slope!

We have a unique Bed n Breakfast www.theredsnowshoe.com in Slocan Park – I invite you to check out our website and blog to get a picture of whom we are, where we live and what we do.

We are interested in hosting ‘woofers’ this year. If you would like to get some hands-on experience and aren’t afraid of hard work then you might be the right fit for us! We expect 5 hours of work per day – 5 days per week. We provide lunch and dinner and ingredients for breakfast so you can fix something yourselves in the morning. The vast majority of our food is organic and/or locally grown. All meat in the house is ethically raised and vegetarians can easily be accommodated. We follow permaculture principles (the ones we know of so far – remember we’re still learning too!) and grow our food organically.

We have the ‘White Tail’ tent available when not booked (doesn’t get busy until June). When it’s not available we have a comfortable guest room in the house.

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Some projects planned for 2013:

  • adding more raised beds to the vegetable garden
  • soil building
  • gardening, gardening, gardening (did I mention gardening)
  • building a new deck
  • fencing
  • starting beekeeping
  • building (finishing barn extension exterior)

Other ongoing things to learn and do:

  • learn about dairy goats – we have Nubian goats and will be having more kids this spring
  • cheese making
  • learn about the chickens (layers) their housing requirements etc.
  • other things of a rural nature that we had no idea about until we moved here!!!

Leisure Time

  • we’re a half hour from Nelson and 15 minutes from Winlaw
  • 4.5 km to the Rail Trail for walks/bike rides
  • 5 minute walk to a swimming hole
  • Renata does fiber arts so if you want to have a go at spinning, felting etc while you’re here you are welcome to!

~PLEASE REPLY TO US BELOW AT TRICYCLE ACRES OR EMAIL vpg@rbrand.ca IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS FARM OPPORTUNITY~

More Slocan Valley Farm Opportunities 2013!

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First Off THANKS for all the great applicants for Internships at out Farm this season… We have not got back to anyone yet, but promise we will soon! Keep your applications coming because we are extending our opportunities both here and at some fabulously diverse surrounding farms. We have a number of friends also interested in hosting Permies who want to learn about farming and implement various techniques on their farms sites. Over the next weeks we will be posting summaries about opportunities nearby and details about the various farms around, from organic market gardens, to all breeds of animal raising and processing, alternative building and many unique niches in between. Best of all they are all right here in the Paradise that is Slocan Valley, in the Kootenay Mountains of BC Canada.