Help with some gardening and foraging at our home in Cedar Rapids, Midwest USA



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    We have enjoyed spending time with helpers from across the United States, Germany, France, Canada, Netherlands, Spain and the Czech republic.

    If you want to learn about gardening -- veggies, herbs, companion planting, organic principles, edible blossoms, how to use what you grow (and store it for longest shelf life), different styles of gardens, and harvesting foods from the wild (mushrooms, berries, nuts, herbs, greens, roots), come hang out with us for a while! No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn and get a little dirty once in a while.

    We now grow only on our own city lot as we have left or plots with the local Urban Farm we were with. We do our best to creatively use vertical growing and other space saving techniques. We have a few chickens and enjoy fresh eggs daily and spend as much time foraging for wild foods as the gardens and season will allow.

    The house was built in 1905, but holds up pretty well considering what she's been through.

    We prefer our helpers be 21 or over, but would consider younger helpers if it looks like a good fit. Please, no children at this time.

    If you smoke or use tobacco products, you must use them well away from the house as your host has allergies. Any illegal drug use or excessive alcohol use are cause for dismissal - you will be asked to leave immediately.

  • Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
    Mithilfe auf einem Bauernhof
    Betreuung von Tieren

  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    GOOD food to eat, comfy bed, friendship, shared knowledge in various things -- how to play the guitar, voice lessons, French lessons, English language help, wild foods identification, mushroom hunts and identification, how to grow herbs, how to bake bread from scratch, stuff like that. We also like to take our helpers to off-the-beaten-path places for food, drink, entertainment, live music, canoeing, visits to hang with "the locals", bicycling, hiking, shopping, etc. Great exercise, relaxing evenings around our back yard fire pit, shared stories & songs. You can also expect companionship if you want it, privacy if you don't. We know privacy is important and respect it.

  • Arbeit


    What we would ask from you...

    GARDENS/HOME: Includes help with cultivating, weeding, planting, harvest, prepping foods for preservation (we can show you how), hauling mulch and compost, building new beds and trellises, building small supports for peas, cucumbers, beans & tomatoes, caring for chickens, seasonal work. In the Autumn tasks include clearing garden beds and preparing them for winter, winterizing the house, preserving foods, painting and setting up greenhouses and indoor growing space.

    MISC: Since we will be living more or less as a family, help with cleanup after meals, occasional sweeping of floors, etc is appreciated and is expected. If it rains to the point we can't get into the gardens/farm we will do some interior painting or other projects, oft times with loud music to cheer us on - or we can take the day off entirely! Joining us when we go out to forage wild foods (berries, nuts, mushrooms, greens, herbs) is usually a lot of fun and we hope you'll want to be part of that, too.

    What you can expect from us...

    TRANSPORTATION: We're willing to transport you to/from the bus depot in Iowa City (Megabus comes in from Chicago -- fares as low as $1 if you plan ahead!) or our local Cedar Rapids airport or Greyhound bus station. We also have a city bus system, taxi cabs, Uber, Lyft, bicycles and if we are free will be happy to take you somewhere and occasionally loan a vehicle with proper license and insurance.

    FOOD: We'll provide food for breakfast, but preparation for that meal is up to you during the week as I am not much of a morning person with little interest in food in the morning. Lunch is typically simple as it is around the time we're still working in the gardens (sandwiches, salads, leftovers) and evening meals are works of art that we prefer to eat by candle light in the back yard under the summer sky (again, weather permitting). Kimberli does the majority of the cooking, but does appreciate an occasional break

    RESPECT: We are always thankful that helpers come and share their stories, hard work and time with us. You can always expect us to respect your privacy, your heritage and beliefs and do expect the same courtesy. We are grateful you have chosen us to share part of your journey with us.

  • Gesprochene Sprachen

    English: Fließend
    French: Fließend
    Spanish: Gute Kenntnisse

  • Unterkunft


    Private room in family home - includes Double bed with bedding, on second story. Window air conditioner when the weather gets very hot. Free, fast wireless internet, Television with cable & DVD player, plenty of closet and storage space, book cases with assorted books, a simple room. Bathroom (across the hall) is shared by the family (Matt & Myself) for bathing only, we have a small toilet room downstairs for the rest...

    *️️During the week we do like to quiet things down most evenings as Matt is up early. I tend to get rolling a bit later. More details once we're in contact :-)


  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    Cedar Rapids Iowa is located just four hours drive west of Chicago in the heartland of the USA, so is very convenient for cross country travelers! We have a little of everything -- bicycle trails, hiking trails, nature preserves, Museums (Czech & Slovak, African American, Art Museum, etc). Live local and touring Broadway theatre, concerts, shopping malls, parks, Ice skating rink year round, skate park, restaurants, local shops, fishing, boating, year round city market, cultural districts, night life, bars, dancing, local live music, open mics and jam sessions. We are within walking distance to restaurants, a grocery store, convenience store/gas station, neighborhood bar & grill. A few blocks away you'll find the historic Czech Village, across the river from that you'll find the newly revitalized New Bohemia District with book shops, artists, a vintage bike shop, coffee shop, restaurants, bars, antiques, live concert events, art exhibits, and more coming.

  • Etwas mehr Information

    Etwas mehr Information

    • Internet Zugang

    • Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

      Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

    • Wir besitzen Tiere

    • Wir sind Raucher

    • Familien möglich

  • Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen

    Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen

    We have a solid wifi connection anywhere inside or outside of our home. We are currently rearranging and redecorating the guest room to include a work space with desk.

  • Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    There is easily accessible room behind the gardens for a small camper.

  • Hier sind Haustiere in der Regel willkommen

    Hier sind Haustiere in der Regel willkommen

    Well behaved single pet is ok. We do not have a fenced in yard, and prefer the pet stay in your space or tied outside while we are working. Pets are ok in the shared space of the house if you're around too.

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal


  • ...


    maximum 4-5 hours, 5 days a week (25 hours)

Nearby our home... There is a spot close to here we like to canoe to.
Once a year, for only a few weeks, the delicious morel mushroom (morchella esculenta) makes its appearance. We like to take our helpers out hunting for them!
Our apple tree full of spring blossoms.
A lovely spring fed pond just a short drive from our home.
Your hosts, Matthew and Kimberli Maloy.
Lovely and delicious Nasturtium flower.
Summer Squash Blossom, a favorite of local bees.
Hummingbird moth getting nectar from a nasturtium blossom that overgrew into the lemon balm patch.
An assortment of edible spring blossoms.
Trout Lily, one of the short-lived spring wildflowers in our area.
Lovely and tasty Nasturtium blossom
Wild food: Common Day Lily. It is said that nearly every part of the plant is edible. We have eaten the tubers, blossoms, petals and stalks and found them quite enjoyable.
Matt Maloy with some of our great helpers Viktor and Felix (from Germany) in 2013.
Heirloom Opal Basil.
A view at the Urban Farm plot.
Purple Beauty pepper.
A rainbow of heirloom carrots.
Baby scallop squash with blossom.

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