We are a 43 acre educational homestead in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont on a back country road, 4 miles from Lake Willoughby. We are educational, not commercial. Our program teaches participants to grow and wildcraft their own food and medicine while encouraging personal growth and creativity through weekly councils, a vision quest, time to work on one’s own projects, and creating and hosting a seasonal performing arts celebration for Halloween.
Our program is designed for those who seek to create for themselves a wholesome lifestyle and who might share the goal of sustainable agriculture as a philosophy and a way of life – a powerful and necessary base of survival and identity – into which can be integrated the other things a person can do for love and money.
Our mini-farm consists of woods, meadow, pastures, spring-fed pond for swimming, brook with waterfalls, berry patches, funky rattlin' barn, shop, garden shed, greenhouse, wood-heated farmhouse, and organic, biodynamic gardens with vegetables, culinary & medicinal herbs, fruits, flowers, and grain crops. We compost extensively and save our own seeds. We raise chickens, goats, and sometimes pigs and harvest much of our own fodder using hand tools such as scythes and rakes.
We seek 4-6 apprentices for the full season (early May through October and welcome willing workers for shorter stays (2 weeks minimum) to add spice throughout the season and your own short term visitors who pitch in.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Our duties are shared and include daily chores and 5 hours a day of project help – building and caring for the soil: composting, cover-cropping, green manuring, fertilizing, cultivating; preparing garden beds: double-digging; planting, transplanting seedlings, mulching, weeding, watering the greenhouse; harvesting and wildcrafting for food and medicine; preserving food: drying, freezing, canning, pickling, making cider, kim chi, mustard, horseradish, jams and jellies; making medicines: solar and lunar infusions, oils, salves, tinctures and teas; seed-saving (wet and dry procecesses) of open pollinated varieties of vegetables, flowers, herbs and grains; animal husbandry: grazing, cutting fodder, haying, watering, milking, cheese-making, fencing, grooming, cleaning stalls and pens, and in the fall slaughtering and butchering (optional); building new and repairing old outbuildings: demo, carpentry, painting; helping on the woodpile; artwork: creating flyers, labels for seed packages and products. Weekends free except for your daily chore and an hour of cleaning on Sat.
We schedule a morning concentration meeting, weekly classes and council, herbwalks, projects, fieldtrips, a vision quest opportunity for longterm apprentices, workshops, lectures, seasonal celebrations, potlatches, and dances for the community. We encourage our participants to offer classes and skill-shares. We offer a unique opportunity combining organic gardening & low impact subsistence farming for sustainability with education, creative arts, community living and personal growth. Our community is marvelously inclusive and stretches over four generations. Potlucks are usual events.
We generally attract creative, self-motivated, life-long learners who share our commitment to HOME which is Helping Our Mother Earth and which, of course, includes each other. We hope for more of the same.
English, some French and Spanish
Accommodations include shared areas of old Vermont farmhouse with dormitory, kitchen, sunporch, library of books and videos, 30′ x 30′ studio/classroom, Airstream trailer, outdoor kitchen, dome, tipi and tent space. Help yourself to your own breakfast and lunch and take turns cooking the shared evening meal with homegrown organic fare including fresh or frozen veggies, milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs, meat, homemade breads, jams, kimchi, pickles, herb teas and some store-bought staples.
Our farm is only four miles from a deep glacial lake, one of the most beautiful in an area full of lakes and mountains with many lovely hiking trails, and is half an hour from Burke Mountain, one of the mountain biking centers of the northeast. There are weekly ultimate frisbee and baseball games in the neighborhood, lots of music and dance, libraries in most towns, and art galleries with shows featuring local artists. Organizing around social and environmental issues and cross party politics are common in Vermont, the state known as the conscience of the nation. We are half an hour east of Newport, an hour north of St. Johnsbury, an hour and a half from Montpelier, the state capital, which has bus and train service, and two hours north of White River Jct., VT which has train and bus service from Boston's Logan International airport and other places as well. The two closest larger cities also with airports etc. are Burlington, VT on the shore of Lake Champlain and Montreal in the province of Quebec, Canada, each about two and a half hours away.
Your host, Penelope, is a gardener, seed-saver, certified herbalist (Rosemary Gladstar), dancer (Afro-Caribbean), educator, and in 1992 was appointed a World Peace Elder at Wolf Song II in West Point, TX for her work with communities. For over 20 years she has been a host farmer/educator directing WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW, an informal, six month apprenticeship program in gardening, herbalism, personal growth and the arts for adolescents and young adults and was the founder and director of ALL MY RELATIONS, an integrated arts and deep ecology program for children and THE NEW AMERICAN FOLKLORIC GROUP producing community integrated art events celebrating seasonal themes. She lives and works at Greensleeves HOME Gardens, formerly The Egg Farm, and loves stories, people, and the earth.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week