Building a Homestead in New Orleans, USA


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    I'm a guy in my late 20s, and I bought this property in January of 2013. With the help of friends, couch surfers, and lots of wasteful construction sites I have so far built two small shacks, a chicken coop, a tree house, several raised garden beds, a composting toilet and other things all FOR FREE using building materials found in dumpsters. I started the main house in the fall of 2014, and as of now (fall 2016) the exterior is all finished and I'm just getting started on the interior.

    I'm looking for people who want to come be a part of the community here, and help with various projects. There are typically between 3 and 12 people living on the property at a time. Some of us (myself included) have jobs which take up a lot of our time. Not only do we dumpster dive building materials, but also food.

    I'm also a musician (bass player) so bring your instruments!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Art project

  • Help


    There is a pretty good mix of skilled work and unskilled work needed. My main focus is on building the house. I pretty much know what I'm doing, but I have very little experience. Someone with carpentry experience would be a huge help. We also have a pretty big garden which always needs tending to. In addition to that I'm open to other ways that people might be able to contribute the the property, like beautifying it with art!

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  • Accommodation


    The more progress we make with building the better the accommodations will be. Right now, consider it a campsite. We have a spigot with running water, and soon we should have a temporary electricity pole. We sometimes have space in the main shack for people to sleep, and there is also a gutted van, but mostly (for now) volunteers will have to pitch tents.

    We mostly cook over the fire, but we have a small propane stove too. There is no internet, but the library is only a few blocks.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are in the Lower 9th Ward, one of the hardest hit neighborhoods after hurricane Katrina. It is a very interesting place which I'll be happy to tell you more about when you get here. We are about a 15 minute bike ride to the french quarter and other fun places in New Orleans, and public transportation is very accessible.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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