Non profit farm- help us to Heal the Soil and improve health of Native people in Vanderwagen,New Mexico, USA


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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    This is a 501(c) non profit was established in 2015 with the vision of developing a model farm, Farm, that combines traditional Native American farming practices and spirituality with modern science practices (including microbiological composting and carbon and water sequestration). The farm is open to the community for tours, and organizes workshops and outreaches that demonstrates and educates on composting, food preservation, saving seeds, rain water collection, and healing the soil. Our mission is to inspire Native farmers and growers by linking people to farming techniques to produce healthier foods. The farm was developed to be a living example of how we can recover and establish resiliency in our way of life, reducing the dependency on the very food system that is harming us.

    Our vision to Heal the Soil is to improve health of Native peoples and Mother Earth (soil) by using cultural traditions that change people’s attitudes and actions with regard to food and soil. Engaging people in the production of their own food supply and connecting it to their cultural traditions and Mother Earth elevates farming to a spiritual/cultural practice. When we heal the land, we heal the people.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    the farm is located on the Navajo reservation, and 20 miles from the Zuni reservation. We do not have running water and depend on rain collection and hauling water for the farm. James and Joyce live on the farm, James is Navajo and speaks the language fluently, both are well versed in the culture. Most often there are opportunities to learn about the culture, rub shoulders with Native members and work side by side.

  • Help


    We can use help with care and feeding the animals, and possibly butchering and meat preservation; gardening that involves preparing the soil, composting, planting, garden maintenance, watering, harvesting, and food preservation. We also have a 500 square foot guest cabin that we are building as well as other small construction projects in the works and needing assistance. General maintenance is also a part the farm. One thing that everyone will learn both in theory and hands on, is about the biology (microbes), or life in the soil, and how it heals the soil and increase the nutritional value of foods. There will be opportunities for those interested to look at the microbes under a microscope.

    Our schedules are always changing and we function best with flexible schedules and appreciate workers who are able to flow with changes. There are times when we might be away for compost workshops or other trainings 1-3 days at a time. So there could be a few days at a time when we are away from the farm attending trainings and work-awayers are keeping things going on the farm,

    We have a number of things going on this spring/summer where we need help. The last half of March and April we have several infrastructure projects to finish before the first of May: fencing, guest cabin interior, shade structures, etc. This spring/summer we have two compost camps scheduled and need cooks for both camps, May 6-10 and June 10-14.

    Another project we are working on this year is building eco bike trails with a goal of offering eco bike guided tours in 2020. The tours will include exposure to the Navajo culture, and increase opportunities for economic development.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and Navajo

  • Accommodation


    There is a small camper and pop up camper available for use by Workawayers. The small camper has a queen bed, couch and small kitchen and bathroom. The pop-up camper has a king bed and a single bed for sleeping, also has a small kitchen. There are several outhouses on the property. The main house has working modern bathroom and short showers can be taken up to twice a week - to conserve water as water is hauled to the property. Water is pumped only into the main house for use in the modern bathroom and kitchen. The closest town of Gallup is 20 miles, where laundry facilities are located. There is a large Hogan on the property that is used for meetings and can be used at will by Workawayers at any time to hang out, or cook in the kitchen facility there. This Hogan does not have running water, but the kitchen is much larger than in both campers. Food can be kept in the fridge in both the Hogan and/or campers. A guest cabin is currently under construction and as soon as the interior is completed it will be available for housing.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    James and Joyce are the only two that live on the property. People stop in randomly to visit, work, tour, and/or volunteer. There are several local sights available to visit such as: El Moro National Village, Zuni Village, Canyon De Chelly, as well as several hiking, camping, and biking opportunities located within a 60 mile radius of our location.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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