Young Family Building a Community in the Wilderness of Northern Minnesota, USA

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  • Description

    Description

    During the winter (currently), we are seeking help from any hardy individual with firewood. Jobs would includes splitting, stacking, driving, loading and unloading truck, moving brush and possibly cutting live trees (depending on interest and skill level). About two hours per day would be expected for just just room and dry firewood or 4 hours a day would also include shared meals. There would occasionally be other projects/tasks to help with but during the winter, firewood is the bulk of our work. This is all obviously outside work and winters here are cold. We are willing to accept shorter and longer term visitors during the winter. Contact us for more details.

    We are a young family with 60 acres of forested land amidst the vast wilderness of northern Minnesota. Our kids are Genavive (born Dec 6, 2011), Galvin (born Nov 17, 2013) and Sylvan (born August 25th, 2016). We are attempting to start an intentional community and we have one other young family of three living on the land with us in a yurt. We constanly host various visitors with different levels of involvement. We do a lot of gardening and we plan to continue to expand our food growing endeavors with permaculture techniques. We moved onto the land in April of 2011. We have been doing lots of clearing land and building. Although we are by no means fluent, I can understand and speak some Spanish and my wife Amelia can understand and speak some Polish and French. We have both traveled a lot internationally and I have traveled extensively in North America.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We live very differently from mainstream American society. We've been living this way nearly a decade and guests will have the opportunity to learn a lot about an alternative lifestyle.

  • Help

    Help

    We can host visitors from May-October for general homestead infrastructure work including, gardening, building, firewood etc.

    Some projects we might need help with in the summer include

    Helping make maple syrup (April)
    Planting
    Logging, clearing and peeling logs
    Gardening
    Mulching
    Splitting/stacking firewood
    Hauling and chipping brush
    Help with various building projects
    Trail cutting/maintenance
    Seasonal foods harvesting/processing
    Cooking
    Cleaning

    We could also use help with some of our old machines from anyone who is mechanically inclined

    This is not a comprehensive list and there are always other things that will come up that we could use help with. We are also open to longer term visitors getting creative and proposing their own projects. For folks who would like three meals a day and a bed, we would expect an average of 4 hours of work trade 6 days a week. We can be very flexible with scheduling. We are flexible about the amount of work trade for folks who would like to be more independent. For example our friend who lives on the land with us doesn't do any work trade for us, but he provides his own food. He cooks dinner for us one night a week and we cook for him twice a week.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, little Spanish, some French, some Polish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a tiny insulated guest cabin with two bunks and a woodstove for cooking/heating (it is very very small). We are off grid but we have solar electricity and the guest cabin is wired with lights and outlets. Working guests are allowed a limited amount of internet data on their own device or they can borrow a laptop (we get wi-fi through cell phone towers). Cell reception is a bit spotty and some carriers don't work here at all, but guests are welcome to use our phone if they need to. WE DON'T HAVE RUNNING WATER, so no hot showers at the moment. There are a few swimming areas nearby and we usually have more than enough rainwater for cold outdoor showers in the summer. Guests are expected to haul their own water (or melt snow) for cooking and drinking. There is a spring in the center of the property. May-October there is usually plenty of rainwater for washing.

    It should be noted that our house and guest cabin are very small. We hope to attract people who love the great outdoors.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in the heart of the Sawtooth Mountains, just a mile north of the Superior Hiking Trail and Northshore Snowmobile Trail and only two miles from Crosby Manitou State Park which has an extensive hiking trail system. We are 5 miles as the crow flies from Lake Superior (2nd Largest Lake in the world) and about a mile from three different small inland lakes. We're about 20 miles south of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. It's a hikers paradise with a lot of canoeing opportunities as well. There are also various waterfalls and peaks to climb to in the area.

    We're surrounded by mostly public land and trespassing is very rarely a concern when exploring the woods around us. Hunting and fishing opportunities abound and there are different types of wild berries to harvest from June-September. We make maple syrup from trees on our land March-April. We have no well but there is a spring on the property and we haul most of our drinking water from a well in town. We catch rainwater for wash water and gardening. We live two miles up an unmaintained old logging trail and access is difficult, especially in the winter and spring (we typically snowmobile in 2 miles in the winter). Our homestead is in a relatively isolated location and the nearest town is 9 miles by road.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Approximately 4 hours a day 5 days a week (no set schedule though)

Baptism River Waterfall just outside of town.
Amelia Sledding down the roof of our house in Early April.
How we get to our homestead in winter and early spring.
Boiling maple sap to make maple syrup
An outlook a few miles from our homestead
Lake Superior
Garden Potatoes
Picking Wild Blueberries.
Amelia and Genavive
Our big trampoline
Section 13 cliffs on the Superior Hiking Trail.

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