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.
We have just started a suburban permaculture food forest, 10 miles from downtown Boston, and we're looking for people who want to come and help us with new projects this year. We'll be building a small pond and stocking it; making a mushroom growing area; building a chicken coop; making a rain garden; taking care of the fruit and nut trees we planted already, and harvesting.
We have also just bought some farmland in Wester Massachusetts, and sometimes, we'll go out there to start planting our small orchard there including berries and nuts, irrigation, solar, etcetera.
We can put you in touch with nearby farmers if you would like some additional paid work for 2-4 days a week.
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.
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 digging, 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.
English, German, French, Dutch, some Spanish
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!
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
8 hours a day for two days per week