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Farming and restoration projects in the beautiful Oley Hills, eastern PA

Country: United States

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Workaway Host rating
12
Last Activity
01/09/2014

Description

Our Farm is located high in the forested Oley hills about 1.5 hours NW of Philadelphia, in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania. We raise pastured poultry, hogs, and sometimes sheep and goats too, and we also grow veggies for our own use.

We welcome last-minute helpers so often have our farm on the last-minute host list - and if you are planning ahead that's great too!

Area

Pennsylvania

Type of help

Art project,
Animal care,
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
Farming,
General Maintenance,
Cooking / shopping,
Building,
Gardening

Help

Day to day farm activities center around caring for livestock and whatever projects are in process. When we moved here, our farm hadn't been farmed for over 30 years, so a lot of our current projects revolve around reclaiming fields and restoring farm buildings and our house so folks with renovation experience and skills are particularly welcome. We are very interested in alternative energy and green building, so try and incorporate these principles into our projects.

Languages spoken

English, a smattering of Hindi

Accommodation

We usually have space for folks with a tent or camper (when the weather is warm enough for camping!), and our guest room may also be available depending on time of year and who else is staying here. Our guest room is small, so while we can accommodate an individual or couple, we can generally only host families who have their own accommodation (tent, camper etc).

What else ...

There are also opportunities to visit other farms in the area, and there may also be workshops and field days in this region that may be of interest. There may also be opportunities for part-time/casual work in the area.

Winter is our quiet time, but there are still animals to take care of, and there is a surprising amount to do so we are usually open to having volunteer/s at this time.

There is public transport to Allentown from NY City, or to Pottstown from Philadelphia, and we can pick someone up from Allentown or Pottstown. We speak English and a smattering of Hindi!

We are in a very out-of-the-way, peaceful location and yet only a 10 minute drive to local towns and highways. There are lots of quiet country roads for walking and cycling and we are surrounded by woods with lots of wildlife and birds, and we have a very active arts and music community in the area. Lancaster county, Hawk Mountain, the Poconos and the Delaware River are all easy day trips from here. We enjoy taking advantage of these great resources and you are welcome to join us, or to explore on your own depending on what you prefer.

If you have allergy issues, please note that we do have cats in the house, and there are certain times of the year when pollen and other seasonal factors may affect you.

We are omnivores but can usually accommodate lacto-ovo vegetarians if you don't mind cooking your own meal when we are eating a meat-based meal. When you contact us, please be sure to include a phone number, and some information about yourself - what your interests are, previous farm experience, relevant skills, what you hope to learn etc. Thanks.

Some more information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Volunteering hours expected

4-5 hours/day

Photos

Farm

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Restoring the frame of an old hay wagon for use as our egg-mobile.
Restoring the frame of an old hay wagon for use as our egg-mobile.
The farmhouse.
The farmhouse.
Our laying flock includes a number of heritage breeds.
Our laying flock includes a number of heritage breeds.
Cleaning out along our boundary so we can get electric fence set up for the goats.
Cleaning out along our boundary so we can get electric fence set up for the goats.
Jam session supervised by Lance, our husky.
Jam session supervised by Lance, our husky.
Chicks in the brooder.
Chicks in the brooder.
The veggie garden is a work in progress as we learn to garden in this climate.
The veggie garden is a work in progress as we learn to garden in this climate.
Building the egg-mobile on an old hay wagon frame.
Building the egg-mobile on an old hay wagon frame.
Halloween
Halloween
Members of our field cleanout team. The goats eat the high stuff and these guys eat and stomp the lower stuff, and dig up the roots and underground runners of invasives like multiflora rose, honeysuckle, autumn olive.
Members of our field cleanout team. The goats eat the high stuff and these guys eat and stomp the lower stuff, and dig up the roots and underground runners of invasives like multiflora rose, honeysuckle, autumn olive.
Goats at work. These days we don't have goats year round, just when we need some help with brush control.
Goats at work. These days we don't have goats year round, just when we need some help with brush control.
Hiking at the Glen Onoko Falls (about an hour from our place).
Hiking at the Glen Onoko Falls (about an hour from our place).
This is a great area for cycling. This is one of our helpers setting off to continue on her ride accross the US.
This is a great area for cycling. This is one of our helpers setting off to continue on her ride accross the US.
We can get lots of snow in the winter!
We can get lots of snow in the winter!
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