I, Katharina (44), am a transplant from Germany and came to Vermont via California. My husband Glenn (67) has been in Vermont since the 1970s. Presently, our animals are: dog Bela (3), dog Bernie (8 months) and cat Tesla (4).
Overlooking the White Mountains in the distance, our place is nestled into the Green Mountains of Vermont, high on a hillside, variously known as Blood Mountain or Michigan Hill. We are three miles outside of the little town of Washington and about 18 miles south of state capitol, Montpelier.
The house is a barn structure from the 1800s that my husband, Glenn, and his friends, moved and rebuilt here two years ago. This property is about 40 acres bordering on over 2,000 acres of wildlife preserve. In addition to our house, there is a little cabin, aka “The Hobbit House,” with a sauna. We also have a pond that is great for swimming on those hot summer days.
Help in the house
Our area is off the beaten path, rural and very beautiful. We are part of the fledgling Blood Mountain Collaborative, which focuses on bringing people together to realize larger projects, often of artistic nature. Recently a feature film, “Brujo”, was shot here, and last year, an outdoor kitchen was kicked off with support from a well-known NYC chef. We are 20-minute a drive away from Sage Mountain, Rosemary Gladstar’s famous herbal retreat center. Montpelier, about 35 minutes away, offers an eclectic farmer’s market every weekend during the summer months. Montreal is three hours away, and so is Boston. We will take you to festivals in the area (there is a lot of them, something for every taste!!) and take you hiking, swimming, fishing, etc. If you want to learn or practice German, this is the place to be! We love to host people and learn about different cultures.
At this time, we are looking for Workawayers who have some desire to help with gardening, landscaping, firewood and assisting with various other projects. We grow many of our own veggies, are continuing to put in perennials, and are in the process of building a porch. We are also starting grape vines, planting fruit and nut trees, as well as intending to keep two or three Scottish Highlander cattle to help with opening up pasture areas. You need to be able to do physical work.
If you have experience in any of the above, we’d love to have you. You don’t need to be an expert – we can learn and figure things out together. Most important is that you are a DIY type person and not afraid of physical work. Our winters are pretty long, so we are looking for Workawayers during the months of May through October (weather depending).
English, German, Polish (basic)
You would be staying in a cabin about 150 ft away from the main house. The cabin has running water, outdoor shower, fridge, two-burner stove, wood heat. WiFi is spotty at the cabin.
I am vegetarian, but Glenn eats some meat. You are welcome to share meals with us, or, if preferred, you can cook your own meals. If you do want to eat meat on a regular basis, you’d have to buy and cook your own.
As mentioned before, the area is rural. There is NO public transportation. We have two vehicles and go into town at least twice a week, usually more frequently than that.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week