Brandon Hurd (The Ecologist Cowboy) & I started a big exploration trip across USA & Canada in 2018. We traveled a year for almost free by living and work-trading with local people on permaculture & DIY sustainable projects. We created videos to document their ideas and share our discoveries. Suscribe to our Youtube channel if you want to see more of our adventures. Free accommodation, free food & free learning!
Travel for free
Camping, food, wifi… How to travel for almost free everywhere! Thanks to work-trade (through Wwoof,Workaway or HelpX) you can find amazing places to stay. You only need to work a few hours a day in exchange for free accommodation and food. Here are what we discovered:
Reducing food waste (Loop, Canada)
1/3 of all food produced goes to waste. Over $1 trillion each year. 25% of the world’s fresh water is used to grow food that is never eaten. Loop Resource is providing one of the many solutions to food waste.
The Cast Iron Farm, Sooke (Vancouver Island)
We met an amazing community farm while working on another Work-Away project. Tony, Erin, Scott, Christianna and Jeremy started the farm 4 years ago. They teach us about permaculture, which combines natural agriculture with ecosystem regeneration. It is an amazing way to live synergistically with the natural world. Collage art and virtuous cycles.
Eco-village dreams, Portland (Oregon)
Our first project in Portland with Fiona. Through Workaway, we find interesting projects to volunteer across the world. This is an amazing and cheap way to travel. In exchange for 4 hours of work a day, we get free accommodation and food in places we want to visit. And we help people to realize their dream projects! Here, the foundations of a geothermal greenhouse, first step to turn her backyard into an ecovillage.
Tony, Sooke (Vancouver Island)
Tony is one of the 5 founders of the Cast Iron Farm, an organic farm & family-owned coop located on the beautiful Vancouver Island. With a background in participatory planning and building, he is now running for district council in Sooke and talks about how permaculture ideas can be successfully applied to politics.
Fiona, Portland (Oregon)
The « People » videos are aimed to capture and share the thoughts of people who inspired us during our journey. Here Fiona, who we stayed with in Portland, talks about the sense of community and isn’t scared to experiment in her own house. (PS: She loooves plumbing!)
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (Idaho, Wyoming)
Our drone visited one of the world’s largest « nearly intact temperate-zone ecosystems »: the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, encompassing Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and surrounding areas.
Beautiful British Columbia (Canada)
Discover the west coast of Canada : Sooke and the Potholes in Vancouver Island and a sneak peak of Banff National Park.
Pow-Wow in Sauk-Suiattle (Washington)
What do Pow-Wows look like today? We spent a week-end in the Sauk-Suiattle tribe lands and celebrated with them the stories and the spirit of the Native American culture.
Drone footages of incredibly scenic places to discover around Portland: Columbia River Gorge, Latourell waterfall, Mount Hood & Cannon Beach.
A day with Alison in Portland (Oregon)
« Keep it weird » is Portland’s baseline. And it didn’t disappoint us! We got a truly local experience with plenty of weird places, weird people, weird food & weird art.