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Hi All,

This is my first posting and I'm turning to this community to hopefully throw some ideas my way... as I feel a bit stuck!

My name is Peter, I'm 32, originally from the UK but now living in Canada. I'm currently living in Vancouver, BC. I just moved here as my wife has started law school. I, on the other hand, am hoping to expand my experience and prepare myself for a more rural existence and hopefully build a homestead when sufficient finances materialize.

In the meantime I would like to have a regular yet flexible relationship with a knowledgeable and hands-on homesteader/ farmer/ land owner that I could work with for free in exchange for their experience. If the location is a reasonable distance from Vancouver I would propose three consecutive days on site (Where I would camp) and then I would whizz back to the city before I got in too much trouble with my wife! Alternatively I could do a full, intensive month and then potentially another stint a few months later. I'm open to suggestions.

I've been working within the permaculture/ sustainable living realm for a couple of years now. Initially on Project Bonafide in Nicaragua, then some farms in Northern California. More recently I build an Earthship in Taos and a Tiny house in Vancouver. I feel fairly confident in these endevours but still have a lot to learn!

If anyone has any suggestions where to search for this idea, knows of any small permaculture (or similar) projects in the SW BC area, or someone who is looking for me (!) then please let me know.

My email is

All the very best,

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I haven't done so myself, but have you taken the ferry over to Salt Spring Island?
A real hotbed of like minded folk.
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Howdy Peter, welcome to permies!
I have added your post to a couple of other forums to help get the word out.
We have some really great permies up in your area so maybe some will get back with you.
Peter Wilkinson
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Miles and Alley,

Thank you ever so much for your help. I'll look into Salt Spring Alley.

Miles, I appreciate you spreading the word. Hopefully something comes from it!

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