Experience life on an American farm in Missouri USA

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  • Last activity: 25 May 2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Thank you for looking into our page! Our names are Tom and Sherry. We are farmers who have raised 5 children. We would like to welcome someone to stay with us and help with the garden and farm. We raise around 100 goats, 30 cows and calves, and a garden and orchard every year. Additionally, we work hard to keep a clean house and eat the food we grow. That said, we eat a lot of beef, vegetables and fruit and a little goat. The goats bring a lot of joy on the farm!

    At the farm, we would simply include you in our daily tasks. We are flexible on the hours that you could do. A suggestion would be to work half days five days a week or full days three days a week. You are welcome to eat with us as much as you want. It would be nice to have you stay at least a week. We would try to save special projects that particularly interest you for when you are here. Unfortunately, the time of the year sometimes tells us which work we must do. Our daily work includes the following:
    1) Making and cleaning up from two or three meals
    2) Feeding cats, goats, and cows

    Nearly everyday, we work on another project, depending on the time of the year. It would be great to have your help for these projects. Here are some examples:
    1) Planting the garden
    2) Tending the garden (weeding, making sure the plants grow correctly, adjusting fence to keep animals out, etc.)
    3) Moving hay for the cows
    4) Building or taking out fence for the animals
    5) Carpentry projects for the animals (building feeders, gates, etc.)
    6) Harvesting the garden or orchard (We have pear and apple trees; we grow corn, beans, spinach, lettuce, radishes, peppers, potatoes, beets, and other plants in the garden.)
    7) Canning and freezing the vegetables and fruits

    We have a large farm house, which we like to share with others. At the house, you will have a private floor of the house to yourself. That floor of the house has a private bedroom, private bathroom, a large living room, and a microwave and refrigerator. There is not a full kitchen, but right up the stairs is a kitchen that you can use. Also, if you're arriving by air, we can pick you up from the airport. That may be easiest as there is no public transportation to our farm except Uber.
    We would like to accommodate the goals and interest of a helper, while he or she learns how to develop a sustainable farm. We host our five kids, their spouses or friends, and our ten grandchildren for holidays, so we love having people around. Hope to see you soon!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • 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

    Travelers that accept our hosting will learn how to develop and maintain a self sustaining farm that produces a variety of products to support a family. Including many vegetables, fruits, and goats and cattle. This would include all aspects of small farming operations. We would like to help our visitors learn English and our culture.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    No experience necessary. You'll be tasked to your level of comfortability. We need help with the daily chores of feeding our animals; all ages of goats, cows and calves. We also have a need for help in our vegetable garden. Some house cleaning and cooking could be helpful. We have such a variety of work, that we can adjust your duties and tasks to accommodate your capability and interest. We would like to host families that would like to work and play together on the farm. Many of the daily tasks are outlined above in the “projects and business” block.

    The help we need requires an ability to learn how to care for animals and work in a small vegetable garden. The farm work may require the operation of some farm equipment, like a tractor and skid steer (Bobcat). Previous experience is not required. You just need to be willing to learn. As an alternative to this outside farm work we could also accommodate someone who is intersted in helping with housework and processing food products from farm and garden.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a large farm house that will be your home. You will have a private bedroom and full bath and plenty of private living space. We would share our kitchen and dinning room. We would like to experience your cultural tastes as you experience ours.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Plenty of time off could be used to experience the many sights and activities near Kansas City Missouri, like sporting events, or historical sights that evolved as this country developed to the west. The historical Jessy James home farm is near by as well as one of the first farms and wool mills that was establish here in the early days. We have five grown children who visit occasionally and would love to share information about their international experiences. We are actively involved with our church and community and may offer interaction with other youth who would be intersted in your culture and experiences.

  • A little more information

    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

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 525138943155

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