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We are older gay male couple with 110 acres which we are restoring to its natural state. Our property has a conservation easement and is located in a tiny hamlet called Maple Grove. There are multiple buildings including a chapel which we renovated and has been added to the registry of National Historic Buildings. We have restored our wetland, worked to improve our timber stand, cleaned up much debris, and are attempting to create a sustainable eco-friendly landscape. We are nurturing a vegetable garden filled with perennial and annual vegetables and are continuing to improve the buildings on our property. We are not a business and do not sell our produce.
Maple Grove is located in the Butternut Valley Watershed in upstate New York known for its water quality and beauty.
We are looking for workawayers interested in restoring landscape informed by permaculture principles, wiling to do manual tasks, and create art from debris.
DIY and building projects
Learn to live in a sustainable fashion in a small rural upstate NY community. Hosts will teach workawayers how to create a garden and landscape informed by permaculture principles including the importance of perennial vegetables, natural pest control, food preservation(canning and drying), beekeeping, and sustainable timber harvest for winter heating. Workawayers will also learn how to do basic repairs on structures e.g. residing and painting. Hosts will work alongside workawayers and are available to practice English for those who would want that.
We need help with projects e.,g. tending and improving our perennial vegetable garden, painting, improving our shop (building workbenches), preparing firewood for the winter, digging out a small pond in the garden.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
Workawayers will have their own "house" which is a renovated two room cabin which used to be gas station in the 1930s. Cabin equipped with bedroom and front room with kitchen, dining, and lounging area. Cabin with compost toilet and dry sink. Drinking water from local spring and wash water collected from rain barrels Creek runs through property and there is pond for swimming up the hill. Utilities and internet provided. Best if you have a car.
Hosts can share some meals with workawayers but the lodging has a fully equipped kitchen and BBQ for workawayers to prepare meals. We will provide staples like rice, beans, coffee, milk, eggs, and harvest vegetables from the garden together for meals.
We are located in Otsego County, New York. The county has many local breweries and attractions including baseball hall of fame, Farmer's Museum, Fenimore Cooper Museum. Within 2 hours of Ithaca, New York.
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Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
Having. a car would be very helpful
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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