Work-stays on Magnificent Hill are available beginning in May through October (weather permitting). Room and board is exchanged for 6 to 8 hours of labour per day.
Experience a back-to-the-basics lifestyle on a rustic homestead and enjoy the freedom of the wilderness on 100 acres of rolling hills. Offer your talents and strengths in assisting with daily chores, and schedule your own workday, to learn different aspects of sustainable building, chemical free farming, animal husbandry, and property maintenance. In exchange, you will receive a self-contained living-space and your food will be provided. Engage in idea sharing and the ongoing development of the homestead - there is always something happening on the Hill!
“I really liked that you have so many different kinds of fruits and vegetables and that you try different species. The great variation in chores, animal care, harvesting of lots of different veggies, construction. The place was awesome, the fall colours were amazing! Good chats with nice people. Good meals and especially yummy deserts!!! “ Wwoofer Kirsten from Germany
Do you have a group of friends looking for something to do that is different? Then come to the Hill for an afternoon tour - play with the goats, rub a pig's belly, pick raspberries, and enjoy a fresh pizza with toppings grown on the Hill. (minimum group of 10, day program).
Tammy Donaldson, South Algonquin Trails always has an awesome time at the Hill!! Wonderful atmosphere and great food!
Using only fresh, whole, hormone and antibiotic free milk from our own happy and healthy goats, along with other wholesome natural ingredients, we have developed a line of natural and essential oils-based soaps. Over twelve varieties to choose from: Honey & Oats, Lavender, Orange Blossom, Tee Tree or Bug Off, to name just a few.
The Hill offers a comprehensive, hands-on experiential learning program on sustainable living that focuses on stewardship and minimizing an ecological footprint. Students have an opportunity to experience caring for animals, explore organic gardening and harvesting, plan and prep meals, create a camping community, and to be amazed by the forest during the day and night. Making the connection from farm to table is a powerful experience that brings students together building a strong community and a healthy future.
Jess Steinberg leapadventures.ca
Leave technology behind for a few days and step back in time and enjoy the quiet life on the Hill. Experience what it is like to get up early with the roosters, tend to the animals, and discern the difference between weeds and vegetables in the garden. Enjoy the fruits of your labour cooked fresh in the outdoor kitchen on a warm summer evening. Customized activities to meet your group interest are ideal for family, schools and community groups (6-15 people 3+ day stay).
It’s not just about the picking, but also about taking in the peace and quiet of the Hill. Bring your own containers to pick and enjoy the sound of the goat’s bha and the bees' buzzing while you harvest berries. U-Pick Raspberries are plentiful during June and July.
"Since I moved to Highland Grove, I have been picking veggies and raspberries on the Hill. I freeze them for use throughout the year and also give them to friends as gifts. It’s so nice to support local!" Linda B.
With over 20 years experience in woodworking, furniture restoration and refinishing, the Caregiver continues to follow her passion in the workshop during the winter months. If you have an heirloom piece that has lost it shine, or if you need a custom sign for the cottage, or a harvest table for family gathering, contact the Hill to book your project.
The pine harvest table that Lea made for our cottage is absolutely stunning. The quality of Lea’s work is second to none; her attention to detail is her art. That table will see people coming together over happy and wonderful meals for many years to come!
Robb, Cedar Lake
May through October, dorm style accommodation is available. Open year-round for your group or special interest event.