Help us plant trees to enrich the environment and offset climate change factors at the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. USA

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    16/10/2020

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  • Description

    Description

    My partner, Maria, and I are developing our farm/homestead at the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. We live off a quiet rural road in Marcellus, on 23 acres with ponds, meadows, forest and a well-stocked trout stream. We are working with a state forester to reduce invasive species and diversify wild vegetation to enrich the environment and offset climate change factors. In the spring of 2020 we planted some 600 trees and shrubs, each protected from deer browse with a tree tube or small wire fence.

    Through the winter months our outdoor activity shifts to invasive cutting and stump spraying, cutting and splitting firewood, repairing utility roads.

    We have a fenced organic garden now planted in cover crops that will be turned over and planted in the spring. We also have a cabin by the trout stream that is being renovated, work that happens spring, summer and fall.
    I am an artist, former journalist, author of two biographies and a yoga teacher. Prior to my journalism work I owned an organic produce farm that sold to restaurants and a local farmer’s market. Maria is a massage therapist and actress when her hands are not in the dirt. We are both very good cooks, experienced travelers and have been hosts for decades. We work hard and like to relax at day's end. We know the area well and like to take day trips to area waterfalls, lakes, theaters and museums. We're not welcoming pets or children at this time.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house

  • 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

    Maria and I have been hosting travelers and international guests for years. We are kind, sensitive and curious, and well-traveled ourselves. We care deeply about the environment. We appreciate and are grateful for the beauty and preciousness of this life and where we are. The experience with our guest workers will evolve as we share out experiences and values with each other.

  • Help

    Help

    Forest rejuvenation is our biggest ongoing project, especially the invasive reduction, which involves cutting certain small tress and shrubs and spraying their stumps with herbicide. Tree planting is a short, intense period in early May that involves wedging open the soil with a tree spade to plant seedlings, putting weedbarrier fabric around each seedling along with a tree tube or small fence. The planting maintenance includes watering and scything.

    We work garden beds with broad forks, add manure and mulch, plant successively and expect to build two or three more raised beds this year.

    Our cabin project involves assisting with carpentry and painting.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Workaway guests will stay in a well-appointed room with internet and a small refrigerator. Our house has one main bathroom with a tub and shower that we all share upstairs, and a toilet in a smaller bathroom downstairs. Workaway guests are expected to keep themselves and their quarters reasonably clean and in order.

    We have a big, covered porch outside that overlooks our pond, which is a beautiful place to spend time in the warm months.

    Workaway guests will share meals prepared or provided by us. Dinner is the meal we most often share together as our schedules allow, but we occasionally indulge ourselves and guests with a nice breakfast or lunch.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live one mile from bus service between Auburn and Syracuse. We have bicycles to use on the beautiful and hilly country roads around us. There is lots of water around here—several Finger Lakes, waterfalls and rivers. We like to swim, sail and canoe on off-days.

  • 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

    Internet is solid.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Plenty of room to park, an outdoor shower with hot and cold water.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week


Host ref number: 754189961463