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Volunteer at Retreat & Educational Center, Ohio

Country: United States

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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.


Central Ohio

Type of help

Help with Computers / internet,
Art project,
Helping with Tourists,
Animal care,
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
General Maintenance,


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.

Languages spoken

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.

Volunteering hours expected

30 hours per week


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