Help on a scenic homestead in the Arkansas Valley of Colorado, USA


United States

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    We are a wannabe homesteader family, a Mom, Dad, 2 year old daughter, and another one on the way. Currently, we have chickens, goats, and dogs. Plus a summer garden. Our goal is to slowly become more self-sustaining and enjoy a wholesome lifestyle that offers our family an opportunity to build our dream home, a Earthship/Hempcrete hybrid. As of July 2019 we are still in the excavating stage and hope to be pounding tires this summer. If you want to workaway with us you NEED TRANSPORTATION. We are in a rural area 30 minutes to a grocery store. You can see the most up to date progress at

  • Type of help

    Type of help

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    If you are looking to make plans for summer 2019, please reach out and let me know. Great area for fishing, hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain biking, 4-wheeling, rafting, and kayaking.

    What's an Earthship? A passive solar, thermal mass house that is made of both natural and recycled materials (primarily earth-packed tires), designed by a revolutionary architect named Michael Reynold and there is an entire community in Taos, New Mexico.

  • Help


    We are building an Earthship/Hempcrete hybird build in Howard, Colorado. We officially received our building permit on February 13th 2020. This location is on the edge of the San Isabel national forest, it's very rural (30 minutes from the nearest town, Salida) and borders hundreds of acres of BLM (public land) along the North side. Salida is a great little town with restaurants, art galleries, hot springs, and river rafting. Plus the 2nd largest concentration of 14,000-foot mountains, 2nd to the Himalayan mountain range, so if you are into hiking, this is the place!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Tent sites, electricity, running water, and very slow satellite internet. We currently live in a manufactured home with our two year-old daughter. For showers, you will have to go into the nearest town (Salida, CO), there is an indoor hot springs, where you can pay $5 for just a shower, or $11 to swim/soak.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This is a great opportunity for individuals, couples, or families interested in the self-sustaining lifestyle where we combine modern amenities with low-impact living. We hope this experience will inspire you and give you the skills you need to build your own self-sustaining home in the future.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Twin Lakes, Colorado, about an hour drive from the property.
The future earthship we need help building...
Shadow, the dog who's mouth may be a little larger than his stomach
A lovely snowy day at the peak of the property
Our view...
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