Work hard, eat well, live beautifully on our little farm in Massachusetts, USA


United States


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  • Description


    Come help out on our lovely little farm in the fabulous town of Shelburne Falls in beautiful western Massachusetts, USA. We are Janice, artist and interior designer and Michael, professor of English and American Studies at Fitchburg State University. We are both active and engaged people. We like to run, cook, write, garden, and create, among other things.

    Our small lovely farm includes one kitty, Thomas Catkins, and three dogs, Georgia (corgi/golden), Gideon (black lab) and Babette (beagle/Chihuahua) and chickens and is set rurally though we are not too far from wonderful cultural activities. We are always chock full of new projects and creative ideas for beautifying our place and taking social and artistic action.

    If you do not -absolutely love dogs-, we are not the home for you. If you do not love meeting new people but rather, prefer to spend your time on your device, we are not the home for you. If you do not like to try new foods, we are not the home for you. If you do love dogs, the land, good food, creative conversation, social engagement, clear communication and the good life, come stay with us!

    Plan to arrive vaccinated and boostered. :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    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

    We will love to have you and it is my hope that we will learn from one another! I can teach you some of the basics of canning, cooking and bread baking as well as a thing or two about chicken care and gardening. Michael plays the banjo pretty much every day so musicians are encouraged to apply!

    Michael and I are now both fully vaccinated/inoculated so are moving closer toward the normal pre-covid social activities.

    If you are a Spanish speaker I will enjoy practicing with you and I can help you with English if you like, no matter where you are from!

  • Help


    Hey There! Here at our farm in western MA help needed will vary from day to day except for a few daily tasks such as animal chores, cleaning, gardening, baking bread, and cooking. Other help required can include raspberry picking, painting, transcription, computer help, organizing the basement, weeding our small kitchen garden and mowing (in summer), leaf removal (in fall) and shoveling (in winter). At this time e we could use some light building/construction help. As well, the chicken coop gets "mucked" every three month.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I would enjoy practicing my Spanish with you and supporting your English learning.

  • Accommodation


    We have two spaces where you might stay depending on what else is happening in our household at the time. We have the “magic room” which is a finished attic space preferred by many of our Workawayers for its privacy and coziness. Or the larger “family room.” Both have comfy beds.

    I am a professional cook and love to feed people healthy, delicious food. This will include our farm fresh eggs. :)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you are a person who spends the bulk of you’re time in your room on your devises— we are not a great fit. We are not anti technology but rather pro irl and part of what we offer are social interaction, connection and adventures in the outer/outside world.

    We live in the fabulous town of Shelburne Falls in beautiful western Massachusetts where open minded people and rural country living co-exist. You can swim, hike, ski, dance, practice yoga and hear live music all within 10-40 min of here. We are 35 minutes from Northampton, 30 min from North Adams (and Mass MoCA), 45 min from Amherst, two hours east of Boston and New York City is four hours south.

    No daily pot smoking.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    You have internet access everywhere in the house and there is a desk in the bedroom where you can work while not on workaway hours.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Any size. We have lots of room on our property.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Dogs, sorry no cats.

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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