Help with at our sustainable farm in Needham, USA


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    Hi lovers of the outdoors, of good food, or sustainable food growing! We are looking for some enthusiastic folks who love to work outdoors together. "We" are Babette and Mark.

    If you want to be part of starting up a permaculture farm - come and help us! We have built and are managing a suburban permaculture food forest, 10 miles from downtown Boston; and have also bought 36 acres of field-and woodland in Montague, Western Massachusetts where we are going to start up a diversified permaculture farm.

    We do fun projects like: raise chickens on kitchen compost, worms and leaves from the neighborhood; run the waterfall on our pond with solar; make acorn flour; have mealworms compost styrofoam; try out scything, to name a few. This Winter we are going to be doing research and planning for the farm in Montague, and building shelters for animals who will help us improve the soil and woodlands on the farm. We are also going to be doing some building projects for people housing. In early Spring we'll start putting in the orchard rows.

    We can put you in touch with nearby farmers if you would like some additional part-time paid work.

    This is a great opportunity to be a part of building a regenerative farm from the ground up!

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  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We promise you will learn a lot about implementing permaculture in a temperate climate setting. This is an opportunity to learn about setting up a new permaculture garden and farm - all the work that goes into the early stages!

    We do all our cooking from scratch with mostly local ingredients; we minimize our trash by reducing and recycling; and our home is solar/geothermal with some other carbon-reducing features, so this is also an opportunity to learn about green suburban living.

    Also, if you are not from the United States, you will learn about the American culture with us - and if you are shy about English, we speak German, French, and Dutch if necessary.

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    We would like to ask you to work two full weekdays per week, on consecutive days.

    We'll be working together - with Babette or, with one of the other work-aways or interns. We will be building, planting, pruning, watering, caring for baby chicks, weeding etcetera. Some of the time we will be at our existing food forest site outside of Boston, and some of the time we will go out to the new farm for two days to get started there.

    We can put you in touch with some local farmers if you would like more farming work.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, French, Dutch, some Spanish

  • Accommodation


    You will have your own room on the third floor overlooking the yard. There is a separate bathroom on this floor just for guests. The kitchen is always well-stocked with good food and you are free to get what you want, ask us for particular favorite foods, and we hope you'll join us for dinners!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Mark and I like to have people around, and we've always enjoyed visitors or the people who stayed and worked with us last year. We don't expect help cleaning up our junk, but we do expect everyone to clean up after themselves, and to help clean up when we've eaten together.

    Our house is near a bus and a train that take you into Cambridge and Boston respectively. There are plenty of things to see in these cities. Plus with our two-day work arrangement you will have time for example, to take a course at one of the many colleges or organizations that offer classes. Or, we can put you in touch with local farmers who we know are looking for workers if you want to get some more time farming.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    8 hours a day for two days per week

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