We are a non-profit focused on art, history and sustainability, located on an old family homestead in downeast Maine. The land was once a thriving quarry site providing granite for the cobblestone industry that would be shipped away on wooden ships in the 1800's. We strive to help create connections to both the natural world and the historic uses of the land. We also operate a public gallery and sculpture garden. We function by form and design of integrating standard business models with expansive and creative community involvement. We host various events throughout the year including planting parties, mushroom inoculations, feasts, and art openings. We also bring people together to build new structures and learn new skills.
When you stay here there are great opportunities to reconnect with nature. There are many learning, recreation, and self development opportunities here to get hands-on experience with. You could spend your free time biking, hiking, boating, alternative building, cooking or learning about how to power a truck with vegetable oil . There is a pristine quarry pool for swimming and paddle boarding.
We are looking forward to sharing this place with like minded folks.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help with Computers / internet
Anyone who comes for a short visit or a long term stay will agree that the serenity and natural beauty lends itself to intrinsic healing. Our location is central to the Acadia National Park region in Northeastern Maine. We are only 20 minutes drive from surburban shopping and a trendy town that features micro-breweries and art galleries. As well, we are only 40 minutes from Mount Desert Island (home to the famous town of Bar Harbor) where there is a host of small, artistic towns waiting to be explored, not to mention the huge network of trails in Acadia National Park. The surrounding neighborhood and 100 mile radius offers many options. We are 1 1/2hrs. from Canada and there are 100's of miles of pristine coastline to be explored.
Be prepared to meet a wide cultural variety of folks if you are coming in the summer. We get visitors from all over the world and many of the visitors seasonally work at the local world-famous blueberry fields.
For food we offer the bulk staples such as dried beans, grains, and produce from garden and there is a shared kitchen in which guests can cook private or shared meals.
We’re looking for team members who are self-motivated and can work independently to help further develop our garden and community programs. You will be working on your own for most of the time in the garden and around the land. We are open to new ideas and love those who are eager to learn with us!
Having your own transportation is recommended as we’re on a rural back road. Group trips into town are possible. Help wanted May through October.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
Gardening: Help in all phases of prep/plant/harvest/preserve/cook for our sustainable fruit, veggie & mushroom
gardens. Able to lift 40 lbs., work in 20 degree fairenheit to 90 degree F temps. Be able to flow with the
animals and insects. Prior experience is helpful, but good direction will be provided.
There will be general communal house related duties such as light housekeeping/organizing, shopping for team, helping with small flock of chickens, greeting tourists at our gallery, running the basics if owners need to take a leave of absence.
Building/: Help in carpentry and labor adding to existing structures and possibly creating more;
general wood construction. Lifting 50 lbs.+, able to tolerate 20 degrees - 90 degrees. Familiarity with hand and
power tools. Ability or willingness to run tractor, lawn mower, weed eater, boom truck (on grounds only).
Art: Fun pop-up artist events, collaborating with community and other residence for Art/Music/Food/ Fun.
Recreation: Creative trail design and maintenance for hiking and mountain biking. Paddle board and play in our beautiful pristine quarries!
We offer room and board in exchange for 4 hours daily work during the week with weekends free so you can explore Acadia National Park and other great areas of the Maine coast. We have many opportunities for work trade such as gardening, forestry, carpentry, plumbing, and electrical.
Accommodations: Depending on availability
-Main Cottage/Lounge (1 bedroom studio, wood stove, electric, internet, claw foot tub with shower, washer/dryer
(for all to use),
-Gallery Loft: (1 room sanctuary featuring a unique hanging queen size bed, views of the mountains and the sea,
electric, internet,*️️️️️️️️️️️ OutHouse only)
-Vardo (gypsy wagon): Charming wagon situated by the garden with view of the mountains. electric,*️️️️️️️️️️️OutHouse only)
- Tent: Yours or Ours, choose from many acres of beautiful quarry-front or forest locations.
Length of Visit
One Day (local), Less than 1 Week, 1-2 Weeks, 3 Weeks, 1 Month, 2-3 Months
Number of Visitors
Garden, Homestead, Permaculture, Vegetables
Separate structure, Tent camping, RV/Camper parking
We are located in Sullivan, Maine, 45 minutes from Acadia National Park and 20 from the Schoodic section of the park. Nestled in the forested hills, we have a great view of the sunset and mountains of Acadia. Sullivan is rural but only 20 minutes from the nearest small town of Ellsworth. There is a Dollar General within 3 miles.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
8am- 12pm ( 4 hours daily according to schedule)