We are always in need of extra hands to accomplish everything on our ever-growing project list! We host a volunteer work-party about once a month to bust out a big task, followed by food and fun. Follow our Facebook page for updates.
We are also a registered host with WWOOF-USA (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) where interested folks can volunteer on the farm a few hours per day in exchange for educational opportunities and room and board. Check out our listing.
For 2022, the project list is long! The focus this year is to ramp up our food production on the farm and to establish a small CSA. We are looking for 2-4 seasonal volunteers (from May through October), staying between 1 week - 3 months. We also host a volunteer work-party &/or workshop about once a month, always followed by food and fun. Follow our Facebook page for updates.
We are a regenerative farm, guided by permaculture principles and practices and, although no extensive experience is required, any knowledge or background in permaculture, biodynamics, natural building, appropriate technology, etc could be helpful. Volunteers will work primarily alongside Aimee (the farm host) but also alone or with other volunteers at times and should have a positive attitude and be willing to take initiative and also provide your own insight and creativity.
Work in 2022 includes: woodlands management (invasive plant control), taking down an old barn in the area, soil preparation, plant propagation, orchard care, beekeeping, tree planting, trellising, gardening (planting, weeding, mulching, pest control), harvesting, food preservation, fermentation, home brewing, cooking, splitting wood, nature trail building, and a whole bunch of building projects (including a barn, a tiny cabin, a stage and an outdoor shower). Volunteers should expect to work 5 hours per day but the schedule is flexible. Aimee (farm host) is always happy to share her yoga practice as well.
Accommodations and Meals: Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tent and bedding but, if available, may stay in one of the tiny off-grid guest cabins (no indoor plumbing) with access to a simple outdoor kitchen, a composting toilet, shower, and laundry. The pond serves as an excellent swimming hole on hot days and we love a nice campfire at night. Meals will be prepared together (we will rotate cooking duty depending on number of volunteers) and are typically vegetarian, however, any dietary needs/restrictions can be accommodated.
What to do in your down time?: The surrounding area provides plenty to do. The nearest town, Greenfield (which has a supermarket, hardware store, post office, medical center, bar/restaurants, etc), is 6 miles away. Amish farm markets and bakeries are 10-13 miles away. The nearest state park (Paint Creek Lake) is only 2 miles away and there is a wonderful nature preserve (Highlands Nature Sanctuary) within 7 miles. Nearby recreational opportunities include: hiking, mt biking, kayaking, fishing, disc golf, boating, birding, etc.
We look forward to connecting and sharing with the you and hope to forge lasting friendships with our volunteers! Come get your hands dirty and have some fun with us!