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Needed: Gardener/ Handy Human
Homestead: We affectionately call it Paradisio
Location: Black River, near Madoc, Ontario
Type: volunteer / exchange for accom, possible stipend, more (see below)
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We are looking for a person to help us out during the summer and first part of the fall on our small homestead. This is ideal placement for an artist, writer or musician, someone who wants to get their hands in the soil, who has a passion for Nature and back-to-the-land living.

We are a 73-year old couple, married for 40-years who live creatively. We live off grid on a small acreage with access to water via a great well, or fresh water spring, we don't have running water. but via a marine foot pump and water jugs under the sink we can bring water into the sink hands free. What we affectionately call Paradisio is a small 4-acre section of land, part a 170 acre family farm on Black River in the Hamlet of Cooper. We live in a 20ft X 24ft cabin with a screened in porch. There are 6 raised (8' X 4' raised beds plus a stone Mandala Labyrinth Garden (30' diameter) for flowers, herbs and some veg. The stones were lovingly hauled from field edge and forest and placed to create the beds that make up the labrynth. There are lots of trails in the woods.

Along with our cabin we have 5 outbuildings: Outhouse; Tool Shed with solar panels; Wood fired sauna; Cold shower stall and sink.


  1. Someone who can work 3 hours per day (5 days per week) with their hands - composting, planting, weeding, watering, pruning, trail making.
  2. Someone who loves to be surrounded by open space, forest, and enjoys the sound of coyotes and wolves.
  3. Someone who is a peacemaker and can communicate their needs and work collaboratively with us
  4. Someone who is a self to determine what needs to be done and do it
  5. Someone who has a vehicle to get themselves to town and around if need be.
  6. Someone who could "occasionally" welcome AirBnB/VRBO guests on another close by Riverhouse property we manage.


The person would live in our 10' X 16' L'l Bear bunkie. It is set up with a bed, woodstove and kitchen unit with a sink and a single burner stove. Water from a dispenser. Lots of time during the week to daydream, swim in Black River, hike, create... A stipend can be negotiated.

Please connect through email if you're interested and we'll set up a call.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 2 2023    ID: 68009