The farm is comprised of 20 acres with a large organic vegetable garden. About 10 acres are reserved for hay making to feed the dairy goats, llamas, horses and rabbits. The farms has ducks and chickens also.
The farm is involved with agritourism and offer classes on the farm. One house on the farm is used as a Bed & Breakfast and for classes. Ongoing work to save the endangered butternut tree from extinction is a major project. The farm has about 50 butternut trees on it.
The farm setting is a rural location, about 15 miles from the nearest town. There is no mass transit system. Cell Phone access can be limited during a storm but most do not have any problems.
Type of help.
Help with Computers / internet,
Helping with Tourists,
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
Volunteers would learn many types of work; gardening, composting, soil fertility, natural weed control, greenhouse building, tree planting, fence building, harvesting and preserving food from the garden by drying and home processing, seed collecting, animal care and fiber processing. Flower& herb garden renovations, growing a wide variety of vegetables, small fruits and cut flowers, which are sold at farmers markets & local restaurants. There is an orchard with several varieties of apples cherries & pears. Also Blueberries and strawberries.
Longer-term projects: build a storage/drying shed, greenhouse, woodshed & goat stalls. Garden work consists of planting, weeding, harvesting, applying manure composts, building raised beds and compost bins, making compost teas, collecting leaves. Other work cutting trees, removing brush, chopping firewood, renovating an old barn into an apartment and building an earthen outdoor wood fired oven for bread and pizza baking.
Currently, a solar shower is just beginning to be built.
English, some Spanish & German
A private or shared bedroom in the basement of the retreat home. Breakfast is on your own with food provided. Lunch & Dinner are provided & prepared.
Volulnteers help with preparations & clean-up. Tents and campers welcome. A tent can be provided for those who prefer.
What else ...
will pick up from Newark, Zanesville or Columbus airport.
Length of stay is not less than one week nor longer than 90 days. Individuals or couples with no children preferred. No Smoking or alcohol. We cater to special diets and volunteers will receive meals during their stay. Volunteers primarily help work the land, harvest, care for the gardens, tend the animals and help with maintenance and building projects. Must be open to doing other work as needed.
Our main language is English but speak a little Spanish & German.
No experience is necessary, only a willingness to learn.
The area has a lot of places to visit, the farm in near Columbus, Hocking Hills and Zanesville.
No Alcohol or tobacco products allowed.
Host ref number: 16936542694a
Feedback left about host
by Gert [30/08/2013]:
Florian is such a wonderful young man. Responsible, hard working with a great sense of humor. He stayed on the farm for a month & was willing to do any job that needed done including fixing a mess made by another volunteer.
Best of Luck with all you do.
by Florian [31/08/2013]:
I loved my stay at the farm ! It was my first workaway experience and it was awesome. There is always something to do here but the work isn't too dificult. I loved taking care of the animals.
Patty is such a good host, and she showed me different great places of Ohio during our days off.
Thank you again Patty !!
Anouk is such a wonderful person, hardworking & fun. She takes on any challenge including learning to drive a tractor!
She is a great volunteer.
You're missed by Brownie & Florian -- me too!
by anouk [14/08/2013]:
I loved to work on this farm! Patty is a great host, always caring about you.
I've seen such great places and learned a lot here. There's a plenty of different work to do- you'll never get bored :)
My first Workaway place couldn't have been better!
I hope to see you again Patty!
Kathryn is a wonderful volunteer. She's a very responsible, hardworking young lady. She's was so much fun to have on the farm. I feel so lucky that she lives sort of close so she can visit on occasion.
She was ready to take on any job & did it well.
I know she will be an asset to any host.
Anyone would be lucky to host Kathryn!
by Kathryn [02/07/2013]:
Volunteering here was such a blessing! Such a wonderful opportunity to get away from the rushing craziness of a city. The work is very solid and you definitely get a great night's sleep! I stayed with Patty for two weeks and wish I stayed more. She is Such a wonderful, warming, caring individual. She will make anyone feel at home! This was an more
by William [28/07/2012]:
I loved it!!! I became friends with some really cool volunteers & Patty is awesome. She's like the encylopedia of Ohio & also a very sweet women. I'll certainly have fond memories of this experience for the rest of my life. Thanks for everything, Patty :)
Hunter is a fast worker and willing to try any task even bottle feeding baby goats (kids). He hates making mistakes and having to redo anything.
He'd be a great asset to any farm.
Damian is so young to have such back problems. This prevents him from helping with much work on a farm. He did not mention he had a bad back when he contacted the farm as he should not try volunteering where lifting is necessary.
Carsten spent 5 weeks on my farm & is a very hard worker. He can work alone & works equally well with others.
He enjoys caring for animals & helping on the farm. His english is very good too!
Thanks Carsten for all you did while here.
by host [29/09/2011]:
Ben is a very talented performer. He performs tasks well after given instructions & shown. Ben enjoys dogs & caring for them. Actually, he enjoys all animals & takes great care of them.
Ben has a great sense of humor but is usually quiet.
by Ben [30/09/2011]:
Patty is a great host. Very kind and helpful. Fun place to stay at.
by host [29/09/2011]:
Abi is such fun to have volunteer. She meets & exceeds every challenge, including cleaning out stalls. She's small but might!
Abi is a wonderful cook & can organize the kitchen so well it stays organized for months!
Thanks for all you did Abi.
James is a great volunteer. Cheerful, willing to try any task & always has a positive attitude.
Consider yourself lucky if James ask to volunteer for you!
Roxy was supposed to arrive & stay for 3 weeks but never showed & did not answer emails inquirying why she did keep her commitment. I had turned down others since she requested a private room rather than a shared one.
by Julio [27/03/2011]:
This was my first workaway experience and I really enjoyed it! I would highly recommend working on this farm. Actually, I wish I could have stayed for longer. I loved taking care of rabbits, goats and llamas. Thanks for teaching me about drainage ditches too. I am really grateful to Patty for the great conversations and taking care of me.
I will more
Julio it was wonderful having you here. I hope you can return one day. Brownie says, "bark, bark."
by Jacey [06/10/2010]:
This educational center is a good place to learn and work! You can expect to be given a lot of responsibility if you show that you can work hard, which is GREAT if you really want to gain experience. There are plenty of animals to take care of, lots of different plants to tend to, and even construction work. I was grateful that I had the more
Jacey is a fantastic worker and quickly learns. She is positive, upbeat and happy. Any one would be lucky to have her volunteer.
I hope she can return one day.
Carolina is a wonderful worker. Friendly and eager to learn with a great sense of humor. I would gladly recommend her & hope she can return one day.
You need to tell people about your panic attacks & being Claustrophobia so you don't waste their time making arrangments for you to stay for an extended period.
Being upfront & HONEST saves a lot of hard feelings & allows hosts to select the best person for their homes.
David arrived & was here less than 18 hours after saying he would stay more
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