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We are a small rural family that lives in northwestern Wi, approx 90 miles south of Lake Superior in what is commonly referred to as "God's"country. We live on a 200 acre farm, half of which is dedicated as a wildlife refuge and we enjoy nature and good food and believe in leaving the earth better than how we found it... the PERFECT spot to hide out from crazy and insane politics!
We are not fancy in any way, in fact we are pretty rustic ( and very small) and aim for as much self sufficiency as we can accomplish. One of our personal goals is to help to preserve the small family farms of northern Wisconsin, and in doing so, help to preserve the north woods and all it's critters.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Travelers will learn how to exist in a simplified lifestyle that embraces good home cooked food, nature, and the art of coexistence with our environment (including the resident animals), a greater sense of self esteem and self reliance is an added bonus!
Our place is low tech and predator friendly , we farm with approx 8 livestock guardian dogs (for non lethal predator control) for sheep and goat protection, and one border collie used for herding sheep. Daily tasks could include helping to walk the sheep and goats to pastures, watering and feeding the livestock (we have a couple of horses, a few cows, a small flock of sheep and some crazy goats) dogs, and help in keeping everything tidy. We REALLY also need help with getting the yard in shape (weed whipping and maybe mowing ) If you aren't into farming but are good with tools and construction you are also welcome! If you like doing housework...you are MORE than welcome ! :-) You need to like being with dogs but don't need to be an expert, just need to be willing. Help preparing meals when needed is great if you are so inclined. We raise the sheep, cows and goats organically on an almost exclusive pasture grazing basis. The goats LOVE being taken for a walk so they can browse new places!!!
A month would be great, longer is possible too. ...in the fall and winter we accept shorter stays.
We are a single family micro dairy farm and there is always something to do, any interested helper needs to be self motivated (when the task is understood), have a sense of humor and be non judgmental ....patience and even temperament with animals are essential.
Due to the explosion of Covid 19 in our region we are currently only accepting applications for folks that can be self contained in their own RV for at least two weeks before moving into our home, thanks for your understanding.
(Northwestern Wisconsin, 90 miles south of Superior Wi.)
If you love wildlife, this is a great place to sit back and watch as the critters are abundant here! We are a 200 acre pasture based dairy sheep operation (100 acres dedicated to wildlife refuge) located in lake country (8 small lakes within two miles of farm), 10 miles south of the Crex Meadows 30,000 acre wildlife refuge and five miles from Governor Knowles state forest.
Home is an old farmhouse and one bath.( we also have an outdoor composting toilet if needed)
Everyone chips in with the housework (none of us really likes to do it, but it has to be done ;-)
We speak English, and really butcher the heck out of Portuguese and Spanish (nothing to rely on !) As far as diet goes, we eat almost anything (as long as it tastes really good) and also know how to cook for a wheat free diet.
We are known for our raw milk cave aged cheese...we are REALLY into flavor!!! Lacto-Ovo vegetarians thrive here,(as do meat eaters) but Vegans would perish! We have one bedroom with a double sized bed, and one bedroom with a single bed and an overstuffed chair. Each visitor gets his/her own room and of course meals. This is a pretty rustic old home, in fact, this is a pretty rustic old farm no matter how you look at it but we like it that way and we are always looking for ways to reuse or recycle something into another life form.
Camping on the property would be possible if desired. We run a very relaxed operation but we are always in motion. Because of the livestock we have a No Pet policy. Due to being around the livestock, and the need to keep you safe our policy is No Drugs, No Indoor Smoking...but we do drink wine/beer on occasion and we make AWESOME popcorn:-) Great outdoor recreational area, even in the winter !!!
If it gets hot we all go swimming, if it rains or if it is cold...Netflix time! (yes, we do have a T.V!)
We have fiber optic internet with remote access/WI-FI. but you need to bring your own laptop.
Great area for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, jogging, and biking (dedicated bike trails 8 miles away) local roads good for biking but no dedicated bike lanes but low on traffic.
Great outdoor recreational area !!! Perfect area for canoe, kayak, and dedicated bike trails are 8 miles from farm( bike only no cars on trails!!!) Also great hiking, snow shoeing and X cross country skiing. GREAT fishing!!! We swim in the local lakes (when there is no ice on top) and sometimes we hit a water park and the local movie house. Because of the livestock we have a No Pet policy.
Due to food processing and the need to keep you safe our policy is No Recreational Drugs, and No Indoor Smoking...
but we do drink wine/beer on occasion :-)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
approx 4 hours a day, with a couple of days off per week, not always in a row.