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  2020 

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  • Beschreibung

    Beschreibung

    Welcome friends! *We are not a business.* This is a homestead. Come live in a tiny home on an isolated hilltop, surrounded by forest, in Barneveld, WI. We are in the beautiful hilly driftless region of Wisconsin. You will be as close as you can get to Madison (30-40 min) and still have clean spring-fed trout streams to play/fish/swim in nearby, without the drone of corn fields surrounding you.The hillside is very peaceful, and some days all you can hear are birds chirping. Nightime is quiet and easy to get quality rest, and in the morning you will likely be woken up by birds if you're a light sleeper. My partner Ben (30 y.o.) and I (Courtney, 35) are in the second year of establishing a large scale homestead/small scale permaculture farm, and we'd love your input with design as we go. We will also be building a house this year using natural building materials. We have WWOOFed and worked/lived on farms and homesteads for years, gathering information for our own spot. I feel that I have much to offer eager learners, and also much to learn from others. This the the atmosphere I want to create. Our goal is large, terraced, no-till gardens with intense rotationally grazed ruminants and poultry, and although we will be setting up for future grazing we will not get animals this year. We do not use heavy equipment except for a brush cutter/weed whacker. Since this is only our second year on the land, you will learn how to build your own spot from the ground up. We will be building a house this year from round pole timbers on the land and clay from our soil. You can learn how to do this from the ground up. 

    You will also learn how to live simply, off-grid, with minimal "stuff." It's refreshing.  There is only the tiny house and an outdoor kitchen there right now, and we will get a well .We live nearby and want to be at the land most days or as much as possible. We will set up a tent there for ourselves, and you will have the tiny house to yourself or selves. 2 people max in the house is reasonable. This opportunity has the potential to grow into a long term situation for the right person(s), and if we get the tiny house winterized. There are also tent platforms and you may stop by for a short time as well. The more the merrier. Things we will be doing:

    -Making an earthen floor foundation, putting up a round pole timber frame, siding, insulating, putting on a roof of course, etc for the house build.

    -laying out contours for future grazing plots/alley crops

    -Establish no till gardens using a bunyip and shovel. This invovles trucking in compost and moving/stacking stones for the retaining wall. I'm excited to stack stones to be honest. 

    -Beekeeping. This is my 4th year as a beekeeper, you will learn how to do this on your own.

    -Mushroom logs: We have established about 100 logs last year from which we hope to have lots of mushrooms this year. You will help establish more if this interests you. You will learn how to use a chainsaw.

    -Rainwater catchment: We will do this first thing in the Spring, including installing gutters. It is our main source of wash and garden water. 

    -Changing the established plants on small plots of land through controlled burns, laying down tarps and cardboard, scattering seed, using the brush cutter to cut down brambles around the forest edge so we can plant trees there

    - Planting many trees/bushes in the spring, including some I've already planted and need to move. 

    -Moving mulch, mulching in plantings, analyzing nutrient deficiencies of soil and remedying using a backpack sprayer. 

    -pressure canning and preserving food I bring in from the farm I work at

    -foraging greens/berries/mushrooms

    -Build an outhouse. 

    -Replace 2 windows in the tiny house and replace the wood stove/piping. Insulate floor so it can be winterized. Replace some flooring, possible close in the porch into a bath area.

    -shooting deer that are eating our plants (yes we have legal agricultural tags). You will need to take an online hunter/safely course beforehand, but you can take a share of the meat.

    Those are the big goals for the year, besides building a house. If that happens, then you will learn valuable building skills while helping us.

    Good things to know about the living situation:

    You can bring a dog as long as it's not going to run away and bother the neighbors, or terrorize our 2 cats. Same situation with a cat. The hillside is about 40 acres surrounded by trees, but there is a driveway that they could easily walk down but typically choose not to. We would actually prefer if you have a dog to scare deer away. Unless you want lyme disease, you will need to put a flea/tick color on your dog/cat. I got about 2 ticks on me last year, my partner Ben got 1. So although it is lyme disease country, we took precautions including a controlled burn, and if you do this you should be ok if you take precautions. 

    There is poison ivy on the land. I know where it is and I avoid it, I went barefoot a lot of year in our "front yard," and spend a lot of time eliminating it, but it is a slow process and part of this process includes using a small amount of chemicals at the right time. We tried other methods, shading with a tarp, ripping it up, this is the only thing that works permanently. If you are very sensitive, this might not be the spot for you, but it's not the end of the world if you get it. I have a very good remedy. There is also parsnip which is less of a concern. We use a scythe to cut it at the right time.

    We live about a half hour away in a work trade house, and you are welcome to come there occasionally to take a shower and do laundry. It's pretty hot in the tiny house loft in the summer, so bring a tent in any case. We have a couple of tent platforms set up. We will be setting up a tent ourselves on the land and I hope to stay there most days. I also hope to have multiple WWOOFers/friends out there so it's not so lonely, maybe establish another platform. 

    We would like the person(s) in the tiny house to work 20 hours a week, and will include all meals. Tent campers can put in less time and that is flexible.

    We would like to you to have a car, because it's difficult to get around without one, although there is a bike path about a 10 min drive away that goes straight to Mount Horeb and Madison, it takes a while. If you don't have a car that's ok, as long as you are ok being at the land a lot. 

    We are musicians and friendly people. We welcome all backgrounds and genders. I'm looking for a self-motivated independent stable person(s) with integrity, . Some of these tasks will be performed on your own if we aren't there (unless multiple people come out in tents or you bring a partner). If you haven't lived in the country previously, it can be a difficult first month or 2, but then you'll never go back. Well at least that's how it works for most people. 

    We can accomodate vegetarians/vegans. 

  • Arten von Arbeit

    Arten von Arbeit

    Gartenarbeit
    Bauarbeiten
    Kochen/einkaufen
    Landarbeit
    Sonstige Arbeiten

  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    You will learn how to live with minimal impact, in a beautifully secret place of the world. You will learn how to start your own homestead, beekeeping, mushroom logs, perennial propagation, building skills.

  • Arbeit

    Arbeit

    Things we will be doing:

    -building a house

    -Establish no till gardens using a bunyip and shovel. This invovles trucking in compost and moving/stacking stones for the retaining wall. I'm excited to stack stones to be honest.

    -Beekeeping. This is my 4th year as a beekeeper, you will learn how to do this on your own.

    -Mushroom logs: We have established about 100 logs last year from which we hope to have lots of mushrooms this year. You will help establish more if this interests you. You will learn how to use a chainsaw.

    -Rainwater catchment: We will do this first thing in the Spring, including installing gutters. It is our main source of wash and garden water.

    -Changing the established plants on small plots of land through controlled burns, laying down tarps and cardboard, scattering seed, using the brush cutter to cut down brambles around the forest edge so we can plant trees there

    - Planting many trees/bushes in the spring, including some I've already planted and need to move.

    -Moving mulch, mulching in plantings, analyzing nutrient deficiencies of soil and remedying using a backpack sprayer.

    -pressure canning and preserving food I bring in from the farm I work at

    -foraging greens/berries/mushrooms

    -Build an outhouse.

    -Replace 2 windows in the tiny house and replace the wood stove/piping. Insulate floor so it can be winterized. Replace some flooring, possible close in the porch into a bath area.

    -shooting deer that are eating our plants (yes we have legal agricultural tags). You will need to take an online hunter/safely course beforehand, but you can take a share of the meat.

    Those are the big goals for the year, besides building a house. If that happens, then you will learn valuable building skills while helping us.

  • Gesprochene Sprachen

    Gesprochene Sprachen

    English, some Spanish and French

  • Unterkunft

    Unterkunft

    You will be staying in our tiny house, I will include pictures. There is a sleeping loft and a storage loft. We will provide most all food, except snacks/treats. You do have some choice in what we buy. Please read main description for more information.

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    Madison is 30-40 min away, Blue Mounds state park is about a 15 min drive, Gov Dodge state park is 20 min drive, Wisconsin River and Spring Green 20 min drive. Mount Horeb 20 min. Also a very clean trout fishing/swimming stream is right nearby. Bike path that goes directly to Mt Horeb and Madison is a 20 min bike ride.

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  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    mehr als zwei

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    Arbeitszeiten

    16 hours a week

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