We're Val and Eliot, travellers who have finally found a place to call home; a house on a neglected piece of land in Arroyo Seco, just outside of Taos. The area is beautiful, but there is much to do to restore the land's livelihood, which has been our mission since we moved here in 2017. We might call ourselves amateur permaculturalists, organic farmers, or homesteaders; but essentially we're learning how to live in mutual abundance with the land.
Now that we are four years into this experiment and newly minted parents of two young children, we've decided we need a helping hand. We have both volunteered in other countries before and are relatively new to farming so you'll be learning along side us much of the time. Though Eliot and I both have jobs, we're outside at least a few hours every day, so we'll often be outside with you. We do work hard but we love what we do so we always find a good time in it. We'd love to share some of that with you too :)
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
Taos is a unique little town; one that seems to attract seekers of many stripes. It's known for its pueblo, mountains (Sangre de Cristos), art history (Georgia O'Keaffe, DH Lawrence, et al), river (Rio Grande), earthships (crazy earth homes) and spiritual power (to much to list). We're equidistant from a hike to New Mexico's highest peak at 13,000 ft and the only living pueblo designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. The town remains a hot spot for experiments in community and spiritual practice, and is home to a zen center, the Lama foundation and the Hanuman Temple.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.
WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We are looking for a solo traveler who is kind, intelligent and enjoys the work.
WHAT WE'RE OFFERING
- A monthly stipend of $1000
- Free accommodation in our 26' airstream on the property (we lived in it for a year before we moved in, so it's comfortable!)
WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR
We're looking for 30 hours/week on the following kinds of tasks. We're happy to teach you if something isn't familiar.
- cleaning our small airbnb between guests
- farm animal care and feeding (goats, chickens, a llama, peafowl, ducks and two dogs and two cats)
- construction with Eliot (simple farm structures, garden beds, putting together geodesic dome, demolition of old coop)
- gardening (planting, tending, harvesting)
- landscaping (mulching, weeding, pruning, mowing, planting)
- organizing (helping organize tools in the barn, wood shop, garage, tidying up random things)
We'd prefer a minimum stay of three months. For the right person, we're definitely open to longer stays too.
You'd stay in our modified 1960's 22 foot Airstream. It's perfect for a couple (we traveled the west coast and lived in it for a year before we moved in to the house). It's powered by the sun, has a composting toilet, a sizeable water tank, wifi and sits atop the farm a short stroll from the main house. Food share offered once the garden is producing, showers allowed in the main house, and as many organic eggs as you can eat.
Its a hitchhiker-friendly county. There are free, local hot springs to hike to, swimming in the Rio Grande, countless alpine hikes, breweries, a burgeoning foodie-scene, a chocolatier, great live music, art shows and few annual festivals that are well worth seeing.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Our internet is as fast as it gets! Eliot works from home, so its a necessity.
This host can provide space for campervans.
8 hours/day, 5 days/week