Help out on a small rural homestead in the beautiful Monadnock region of New Hampshire, USA


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    Description is now a cold season. My outdoor living spaces are not insulated. If you have equipment for outdoor living ( mostly a very warm sleeping bag) and clothes for cold weather, it has worked before. You must love cold and snow. There is a woodstove in the uninsulated tiny house kitchen. You must gather your own wood. There is lots of it in the woods. Also you have to be content with your own company. Experiences: Wood collection and cutting and chopping and stacking, snow removal, chicken care, dog walks, brush burning.

    Open for volunteers but plan on social distancing, sanitizing (plan on sanitizing your area before you leave) and wearing a mask when necessary ( bring one) Also request that workawayers are not commingling with outside persons ( time off can be enjoyed with outdoor activities like hiking) The housing here will be separate from our home. The homestead will be our platform for meeting and learning and working. The separate sleeping spaces will be in the yurt , upstairs of the barn, basement room with a separate walk out. I often will cook and Share dinner outdoors On some evenings, Weather Permitting. Breakfast and lunch are on your own in a place of your choice. You will make these meals from the outdoor kitchen Staples and what you can find in the garden. I will give you your own bowls that you will wash. Also we meet outdoors at a distance to discuss projects. We have an outdoor sink, shower and kitchen area( closed and drained when below 40 degrees.). You may keep food in a the refrigerator and Snack in the garden. There is an out house ( out door toilet, no water) And the pond for swimming. Tasks now: gardening, new hoop house green house preparation ( we are erecting the frame now) , moving dirt and rocks and compost, chicken care and repair, more compost maintenance and clean up some forest areas for continuing a permaculture area. Weeding and lawn mowing. Food is mostly vegan, plenty of whole grains fruits and vegetables, tea, water, and Eggs We are setting up a kitchen in a tiny house on a trailer. There is a 9 o’clock quiet time and a request to play personal music using earbuds, also no drugs alcohol or smoking.

    My small rural solar homestead is in the beautiful Monadnock region of New Hampshire. I have an extensive garden of herbs, flowers and vegetables, chickens, and a wood lot. You can participate in day to day living of a simple life. I have a list of helping experiences and you can choose what you would like to do, or what you would like to learn. You must be self motivated because you’ll often be helping out on your own. Three hours of help a day will leave plenty of time for your own hobby or adventuring.

    What to bring, your plugs if you are sensitive to noise, a water bottle, a flashlight, coffee if herb tea and water isn’t enough, your favorite foods if you can’t live without them, Stout shoes that are good for getting dirty and working in, work gloves and weather appropriate clothing. It gets cold here at night.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn about simple living, gardening, pruning, wood stacking and composting.

    Learn about heating with wood. Experience berry pruning techniques and gardening skills and caring for chickens. This is a hands on learning experience. Live the simple life, quiet and peaceful. Must be able to help independently and take instruction.

  • Help


    Help with cleaning up some forest areas, moving rocks for walls, compost building and moving, cutting wood. Take care of chickens. There are always chores outdoors , so be prepared. Opportunities to learn how to garden, including weeding, compost, no till, and harvesting. This house hold is mostly vegan and eggs, and mostly no alcohol or drugs. No smoking.
    I work often as the town librarian. So I am often out and you would have time on your own. You may make your schedule, but if you want shared meals then check in about the times.
    We have light carpentry projects which you may help on depending on where we are with them. One is a chicken run, another a tiny house and a composting toilet room, Help completing the hoop house and redistributing of wood piles, compost piles, dirt piles, rocks In the spring, summer and fall I have wood to stack for the winter, gardening, berry picking and pruning, turning compost, small painting jobs, brush clearing and help with processing herbs and vegetables. Chickens and dogs need easy care too. If anyone is handy, they could build more cold frames. I need 3 hours a day or 21 hours a week. You may make your own schedule. Helping more one day to have another off. I do short stays of a week up to a month.
    A note on the country biome : testing positive for dust, mice, squirrels, chipmunks, dirt, bugs, wild animals including bears, raccoon, coyotes, moose, deer and bobcats.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation : spaces are not heated. They are as follows: The space is a private unfinished rustic room above a garage.This space is unheated. Also I have a room i rent out which I reserve and let workaways with good reviews stay in. The yurt. The barn space Has two single beds.( and some of my storage along the edges of the space) and the basement room a bunkbed. There is van camping. The food is mostly vegan and eggs.Water and tea to drink. You may bring other food if you would like. Dogs are welcome when staying in the barn or a van, with the awareness that free range chickens are in the yard and that your pet will stay in your space.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You will have to have your own transport, unless you want to hike, swim, and go to the library, which are all within walking distance. There is no public transportation. This area is about nature And the outdoors.

  • 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

    Speeds download 6.61 Mbps, upload .4 mbps

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Large Space behind the garage for the van and maybe a small motor home .

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    You may have a pet if you are not staying in the house. Free range chickens on property

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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