The Cannan Farm

The Cannan Farm is located in Welland, Ontario, and is small hobby farm run by Wendell and Joan Palmer.

Wendell is a rare breed specialist who keeps the Cannan Farm as a hobby farm, separate from his business as a breeding stock consultant. Joan is a retired Home-Economics Teacher and nutritionist who enjoys cooking good, and nutritious meals. They have two adult sons who live and work in the GTA.

The farm includes sheep, donkeys, ducks, chickens, horses, dogs, and one black pig. 

The Palmers don't live at their farm, instead they live in the neighbouring city of Niagara Falls, Ontario.



Welland, Ontario

Your farmstay experience will be split between the neighbouring communities of Welland, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, Ontario. This region was the original home of an indigenous people known as "the Neutrals". They were eventually overcome and replaced by the Iroquois Peoples ('Haudenosaunee' in their languages) who named the region Nyahgeah, after the principle village of the Neutrals: Onghiara. Europeans heard the name Nyahgeah and interpreted that as 'Niagara' - the name of the region today.  Click here to learn more about the native people of this region.

Modern Niagara Falls was founded by refugees from the American revolution, called 'United Empire Loyalists' in the late 1700's - they called the city 'Clifton'. While the first American settler in the region left due to the 'relentless noise' from the falls, more than 80,000 people find the sound rather peaceful, and so call the city their home today.

Niagara Falls and Welland are situated between the Great Lakes: Ontario, and Erie - and are a 2 hour bus or train ride from the city of Toronto.

What to Expect at the Cannan Farm

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All farmstay volunteers will live with the family in their home away from the farm, in a private room. Breakfast and lunch may be had on the go, while at the farm - while dinner is had as a family at the end of the work day. There may be other volunteers on the farm from time to time, and they may join in at dinner time - an ideal time to talk and share.

Farmstay volunteers are asked to help out for about 6 hours per day. This is done between 8.30am and the early evening - with specific hours determined by the temperature, the hotter the day, the earlier work starts.

Possible farmstay volunteer duties include:

  • working outdoors
  • cutting the grass
  • feeding and watering animals
  • assisting with shearing
  • painting around the farm (if needed)
  • helping with the fence
  • assisting with general farm duties from time to time (everyone participates)

Experience Education Services

We at Experience Education have matched you with this farmstay, based on the preferences you indicated in your registration documents. In the email that directed you to this web page you will find an attached bus ticket and letter. The bus ticket will take you to the Cannan Farm, and the instructions will give you more detailed transportation directions, and contact information for Wendell and Joan.

During your placement we would like you to complete a report each 1-2 weeks. This is optional - but it is an important tool to help us keep track of how you are doing. You can complete those reports by clicking here.

If there are any urgent issues during your transfer to the farm or during your stay, please call: 1.877.795.8403, and dial 717 for our emergency line.

We wish you the best of stays at the Cannan Farm.