housekeeping for fruit farmers in Hanover VA, USA


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    We (Pierson 30 & Bridget 27) help run a sustainable family fruit farm in Hanover, Virginia; 30 minutes from Richmond. Bridget grew up in northern Virginia, has traveled using workaway, and studied sustainable agriculture. Pierson grew up on a farm, has traveled, and studied education. The farm has lots of blackberries and raspberries, and an orchard.

    Last year we bought a house 10 minutes from the farm and we have lots of potential here. We’ve started settling into our new home and making plans for our spaces indoor and out.

    We’re looking for help with housekeeping. There might also be an opportunity for a few hours of paid work on the farm.

    We need somebody who knows how to install tile flooring! We can help. All tools and materials will be provided.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Tour a sustainable fruit farm, enjoy the freshest fruits.

    Would be a good fit for folks with their own activities like studies, yoga, reading, writing, crafting, art - there’s plenty of time and space to do your own thing here.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help


    Cooking dinner (pescatarian/vegetarian) 4x/week, doing dishes, and maintaining a clean kitchen is the most appreciated. Vacuuming and laundry also. Perhaps some yard tasks like raking and shredding leaves. We ask for 15 hours per week of help with chores in exchange for staying in our home. Another 5 if we are supplying most of your food.

    On the farm in Fall/Winter we might be able to offer paid work pruning plants or peeling apples. (Check with us April-September for berry picking work.)

    We want this to be a mutually beneficial exchange for everyone, and we are open to discussion about help/work tasks. Do you have a special skill that could benefit our home? Or practical skills anyone could make use of? Or artistic abilities?

    Must have a drivers license, be comfortable with pets, and 420 friendly. Would love to find 1-2 people who are a good fit to stay long-term.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, work-related Spanish

  • Accommodation


    Private bedroom and private bathroom.

    Full kitchen access. We can provide meals and food or you can manage your supply, but you will be cooking and grocery shopping for the home.

    Restaurant within walking distance. Unlimited apples and jam (from the farm). Wi-fi. Netflix. Xbox. 420 friendly. We have 2 lovely cats.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Richmond is 30 minutes away - an artsy city with lots of independent businesses and a couple Universities. Amusement park 15 minutes away. Check our guestbook for things other visitors enjoyed.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    15-20 hours/week housekeeping

Host ref number: 154222214843