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Firvalr, BC V0T1H0
Contact: Greg and Alison Sayers
Last Updated: 07-10-2014
General Description: Laughing Stock Farm is a magnificent 51 acres of forest and pasture, in the heart of the rugged Coast Mountains on 1/4 mile of Bella Coola riverfront. Abundant wildlife such as grizzlies, black bears, wolves and incredible bird life on the property, 25 miles/ 40k to the ocean. Farm work includes (depending on the season): market garden and fruit trees; goat milking and kidding; cow milking and calving; sheep shearing and lambing; all aspects of livestock care including pigs and laying hens; care of draft horses; care of herding dogs and livestock guardian dogs (including a new puppy!); every aspect of gardening and food preservation; farmers market booth June- Sept.; cheesemaking; developing interpretive signage throughout the forest; creating forest garden and children's garden; building bat and bird houses; building riverfront wildlife viewing station. Hosts are friendly and we love the exchange of internships. The more you want to learn the more we can teach you. If you are looking for a farm where the pace is slow and jobs do not take much practice or common sense, then our farm is not for you. Our chores are diverse, interesting, and require attention to detail. We love interns who like children and animals! If you are not comfortable around kids our farm will not be a good match for you. Our boys are curious and active and get into absolutely everything and we love to include them in everything we do. We prefer interns for long stays. Be prepared to learn a lot, work hard, and have fun. Our farm is very remote (Firvale has about 25 residents when everyone is home), so please consider carefully whether this level of isolation is for you. We are happy to take you into town (or to a trailhead for a great hike!) on days when we are going ourselves, which is usually one or two times per week. Meaning: if you love an exciting nightlife and a high degree of social contact, our farm may not be for you. We can host up to 6 helpers at one time, although in winter we cut down to usually just one or two. The interns who do best at our farm are: mature, open-minded, self-motivated, love kids and dogs, don't mind spending time alone or with few people, want to experience the peace and quiet of wilderness, are self-sufficient, are truly interested in learning about farming, are not opposed to working a few extra hours now and then if needed, and who understand that family life is not always a perfect bed of roses. Thank you to all our previous helpers for all your hard work. To date we have hosted nearly 100 helpers, with many that loved it here so much they have returned for a second or even third time!
Internship Starts: Year round
Internship Ends: Please inquire
Number of Interns: 6
App Deadline: none
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months
Meals: All meals are in the house with our family. We provide excellent "slow food": almost everything (fruit, veggies, dairy, eggs, and meat) is from our farm or neighbouring farms, supplemented with grains, pasta, beans, flour, etc. We also bake all our own bread. We love happy omnivores that would love to eat meat and dairy products from our farm, and help with activities involving animals such as shearing sheep, butchering animals, miking cows, caring for horses, etc. We cannot accommodate very picky eaters or special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free/grain-free (it's just too hard with two young kids).
Skills Desired: Carpentry skills preferred but not necessary. Mostly we are looking for interns with farming experience, especially experience with horses and cows. Those without farming experience, but with a true desire to learn about farming, will still be considered. CSA experience highly desirable.
Educational Opportunities: We have a vast farming library and will teach you whatever you are interested in through hands-on learning.
Stipend: Depends on experience. Monetary compensation possible for Canadians or foreigners with a work visa or working (IEC) visa.
Housing: Stay in our private/shared cabin, or (in warmer months) our wall tent or Airstream trailer. Trailer and wall tent share the cabin bathroom until we get our outhouse and outdoor shower built.
Preferred method Of Contact: email
Internship Details: Farm work includes (depending on the season): market garden and fruit trees; goat milking and kidding; cow milking and calving; sheep shearing and lambing; all aspects of livestock care including pigs and laying hens; care of draft horses; care of herding dogs and livestock guardian dogs (including a new puppy!); every aspect of gardening and food preservation; farmers market booth June- Sept.; cheesemaking; developing interpretive signage throughout the forest; creating forest garden and children's garden; building bat and bird houses; building riverfront wildlife viewing station. Farm life is not a 9 to 5 job (for example the cows need to be milked every 12 hours, and goats sometimes have their babies in the middle of the night!) and there are no set days or times off. We work hard here and expect the same of our helpers. We all just pitch in until the jobs are done. However we do love to play and hang out and there is lots of down time and we will help you make the most of it!