Hi there! I have a small organic farm with a vast and diverse array of plants, as I grow over 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers (I have lots of photos on IG). The farm is located in a town with a population of about 40 people. I also have a Natural Foods Store with a Deli/Food Bar/Certified Kitchen and an Herb Room (We have a page on FB with lots of posts and pics). The store is 33 miles away in a town with a population of 10,000 in the winter and 100,000+ in the summer, because of all the tourists and people with summer homes around the lakes.
In 2020, I would like to find 2 people, preferably female, who are willing and able to come here for the entire growing season, which is April – October. Shorter stays by additional people may be possible, but my main focus and need is to find 2 people who will be here for most of this time frame who I will only have to train once, and who can then do things without a lot of supervision.
Each of these persons would do 2-3 days a week of work exchange at the farm (15-20 hrs/week total). This will vary with the weather, what needs to be done, and what events might be going on at the time.
Each of these persons would live at the farm, have their own sleeping quarters and a shared bathroom and kitchen. They would each have the added benefit of working 2 days a week (6-8 hrs/day) at the store, where we have a deli and food bar, primarily in the kitchen, making our regular food items, as well as having the chance to try and make new things. Working at the store would be as an actual paid employee, so you would need to have documents that show that you are able to legally work in this country in order to qualify for this. It would also probably be best if you have your own mode of transportation to go back and forth with, due to the distance between the store/farmers market and the farm. Paid work at the store is offered as a bonus to the 2 people who come and work at the farm for the whole season, to help offset whatever expenses they may have during this time. Since the 12-16 hrs/wk of paid work at the store is as an actual employee, it is considered additional, and does not count toward your work exchange time.
These 2 people would work at the farm and at the store on different or rotating days so that I have help at the farm 4-5 days a week and the store has kitchen help 4 days a week. You would have a minimum of 2 days off every week.
Working at the store as an employee could be year-round, if that interests you. Between November and March, however, it is winter, so little or nothing is growing here then, as the ground may be frozen, its probably going to be cold, and there is probably going to be snow and ice, sometimes a lot of it. There is not as much to do at the farm during the winter, either, so it is a good time to go other places or to work on other things, such as whatever you might want to sell in the summer.
Along with the farm and the store, there are several farmers markets in the area that we can go to. There are two farmers markets in the town where the store is, and it would be great to be able to go to both of them, as on Saturdays, they are at the same time. I do not go every Saturday, however, because sometimes I go to music festivals, other events, or on road trips instead. I also have a beekeeper friend with a flower/greenhouse business, in another town, who I grow things for, so that she can sell them at her shop. I can’t do any of this, however, if I don’t have the help.
If you have any talents, skills, hobbies, interests or services whereby what you make or do can be marketed and sold legally and feasibly, you may be able to do that at the farmers market, or the store, or on the side for extra money!
Examples of such things are: drawing, painting, carving, jewelry, woodworking, art made from re-purposed items, clothes, tie dye, tapestries, costumes, dream catchers, massage therapy, tarot readings, etc. To go along with that, since we have many herbs, fruits, flowers and berries at the farm, and bulk organic dried herbs, nuts, grains, flour, sugar, etc. at the store, there is a nearly unlimited amount of things that you could make, including jelly, cider, wine, beer, kombucha, tinctures, soap, lotion, baked goods, flower bouquets/arrangements, etc., whatever you take the time and have the ambition to make happen! Doing work exchange and helping at the farm is what allows this entire opportunity to be possible, but beyond the time spent doing that, and working at the store, what you do with the rest of your time is up to you!
The idea here is that between working at the store and the things that you make and sell on the side, that you will make enough money to have fun, as well as to be able to go somewhere else during the winter, and then maybe return again in the spring?!!
What we do is often different from day to day, and week to week, depending on what needs to be done at the farm, what projects or events are going on, what the weather is going to be like, and what your interests are, so it would be most beneficial, and to your greatest advantage, if you are flexible, easy-going, adaptable, ambitious and spontaneous!
In the past, I have hosted over 60 people from all over the world thru several different work exchange organizations, and I have found that, depending on what things you want to be involved with while you are here, the standard work exchange program of working 5 hours a day, for 5 days a week, in exchange for room, board and education, most often doesn't fit very well with the kind of schedule we have here. For example, if a person wants to go to a festival, or event, or go on an adventure where they will be gone from the farm for multiple days at a time, then they will probably have to work long and hard for a couple of days, first, to get the farm and gardens in order, and to get everything ready that is being taken along, before they can leave, and then they will probably have to work long hours for a couple days again when they return, to get things back in order again from being gone. It may sound cliché, but in order to play hard, you will have to work hard!
I am just trying to write this profile as straightforwardly as I can, because I don't want there to be any misunderstanding, and because I have had a few people come here in the past who were not a good fit for this lifestyle, which caused disappointment and problems for all parties involved, and I want to avoid that from happening as best I can. Therefore, if you are not physically or emotionally able to handle working long and hard as I just described above, so that you can play hard, or if you are the kind of person who needs rigid structure, or a set schedule that is the same every week, or constant supervision most of the time, in order to get things done or to be happy and successful, then this is probably not going to be the right place for you!
The opportunities to learn, earn, explore, and experience things here are endless, but it is up to you what you make out of coming here!
I should also mention that we are not 2 blocks from a tropical beach, with lots of people always around. That is just not where most farms in the world are located! And it seems as though, through TV and social media, people who have never lived on a farm, or spent any time on one, often times have developed somewhat of a false image or idea of what farm life is truly like. It is not always all about fuzzy baby animals and rainbows with perfect weather! There can be spiders, snakes, skunks and possum that can either be your friend or foe. There can be plant diseases, insects, mice, gophers, rabbits, raccoons and other things that must be controlled or else they will destroy some, if not all, of your crop. It can be hot, dry, cold, wet, windy, rainy, snowy, foggy, and bugs biting. The animals and equipment can be dangerous! Farm life can require hard and physical work, where your body aches, and in spite of all these conditions, you have to go outside and get things done anyhow, because it is essential to getting successful results. Sometimes, around here, a whole bunch of those things might even happen all in the same day, as the elements in nature can be quite variable and change quickly! It takes someone who is observant of what is around them, who pays attention to detail, and who has a fair amount of ambition, discipline, tolerance, perseverance, patience, focus, and both inner and physical strength in order to be happy, content and successful on a farm. If you don’t have those traits, then a farm may not be the place for you! Now I’m not trying to scare anyone off here, I’m just trying to give people a realistic view of what life on a farm is like and what it takes to succeed on a farm and enjoy living on one, so that you have a better understanding of what you are likely going to be in for, if you come here, or go to most any farm. Not everything that you do on a farm is going to be fun or easy, but when you get to see, taste and share the fruits of your labor, however, that feeling of accomplishment and success is worth it!
While I do not have any animals that I claim as my own, there are a number of cats that prowl around the neighborhood, several of which seem to have taken up residency in the chicken tractor and cathouse that I built, including 4 kittens. I do not let them, or any other animals, into the house, however, in case someone comes here who is allergic! If you want to have bees, chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats or sheep, you may be able to do that, if you are going to stay here long enough for that to be a realistic endeavor! There is an elk ranch across the road, and I have another neighbor that does animal rescue. They have all sorts of 4-legged creatures over there!
Lastly, you should be NON-smoking, and not have any habits, addictions or issues that will interfere with your ability to work or cause the quantity or quality of the things that you do to suffer to a great extent! And ..... hopefully you have enough self-awareness to realize whether or not that is truly the case, and ….. hopefully I didn’t just scare you off by saying any of that?! Haha. If you have any questions, or if you are interested in coming here, then please send me a message. Thank you!
Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
Betreuung von Tieren
Hilfe mit Computer / Internet
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I am looking for someone who can arrive sometime in March or April, and help with planting the gardens in the spring, followed by weeding, harvesting, processing, etc., throughout the rest of the growing season, which ends in October. If being here for the entire season does not work for you, then other arrival and departure times, and length of stays may be possible. Beyond working at the farm is where things really get fun, exciting and interesting, however, and it really is based on what your skills and interests are, and what you want to do or learn!
English and a little German
The main building at the farm has a full bathroom, kitchen, infrared sauna, and master bedroom in it, along with a large room which has 2 beds for guests/volunteers
I have everyone fill out a questionnaire before arriving (skills, interests, dietary restrictions, allergies, medications, emergency contact info, etc) so that we can better plan for your stay and tailor it, as best we can, to what you like to do or want to learn.
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Wir besitzen Tiere
Wir sind Raucher
mehr als zwei
max 25 hrs