Our farm is a certified organic, biodynamic fruit and vegetable farm that grows for farmers markets and our work share CSA. We strive to create a balanced farm ecosystem and a harmonious community. We are open for visitors from April through October. On the farm there lives Andrew (35yrs), Rachelle (31yrs), and their two sons Liam (5 yrs) and Emery (2yrs), Rachelle's parents Ed and Susan, plus interns and volunteers. We have been hosting live-in volunteers for over 7 years, and we treat our visitors like family.
We seek honest people who are respectful of our planet and each other that have an easy-going and fun-loving spirit that are ready to learn and teach.
Babysitting / child care
Volunteers help with all aspects of our organic farm, including: greenhouse work, seeding, transplants, cultivation and weeding, trellising, harvesting, animal care, bee keeping, canning and preserving, tending fruit trees, building and maintenance, and more. As well as possibly helping care for our two young children.
We have a rustic two bedroom cabin with bunk beds. As well as, a canvas cabin tent on a platform in the old orchard. Depending on when you come and who is around you may be staying in either one. There is a composting toilet and outdoor shower with hot water (in cold months you can come use our indoor shower). In the barn, there is a full kitchen with refrigerator, stove, oven, sink, coffee pot, toaster, etc. and a washing machine for cloths. We provide staple foods (dry bulk goods) and farm produce. There is wireless internet access on the farm but it can be somewhat limited.
For entertainment, the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan is about 20 miles south of the farm. Grand Rapids has great arts and cultural events, restaurants, and nice shopping areas. Grand Rapids was voted Beer City USA for its abundance of micro-breweries. The annual fall ArtPrize event draws thousands from around the world for an open voting art competition.
There are excellent beaches on Lake Michigan about half an hour away. Including long, sandy beaches in Muskegon, Holland, and Grand Haven. The beach side towns have cute shops and eateries, and are a summer tourist hot spot.
There is a small town with a library, grocery store, restaurants, etc. about 4 miles away. There is a nice ‘swimming hole’ about 3 miles away. There are bikes you can barrow. Most people read, cook, play music, or have a campfire for fun.
Illegal substances and drug use are not permitted on the farm. Smoking outdoors and responsible drinking is fine. Please no dangerous or violent people.
When you contact us I will send you a document with more information on what to expect and what to bring.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week