We are a family that lives and works in the Great Plains region of the United States. The community in which we live is small with around 24,000 people. Industry here is cattle ranching and railroad. This community was also the home of Buffalo Bill and there is much history related to the settling of the Wild West.
Our family consists of 4 kids (only one remaining at home), we normally have a small flock of chickens, quail, rabbits, and some yellow perch in our aquaponics system. The youngest child still lives at home. We have a large intensive garden, an outdoor three bed aquaponics system (flood and drain-taking out of service spring 2020) and a variety of fruiting trees and shrubs. We have a good size annual garden as well as a variety of perennial permaculture systems in place. The chinese style aquaponics greenhouse is still under construction. It has radiant floor heat to heat the concrete and the water in the aquaponics troughs. Most of the electric is roughed in and roof is on, the interior is done except for painting and some trim. We will be moving on to building the troughs, electric, and plumbing winter of 2019.
The weeks that it is comfortable, we are outside. In some winter weeks we work inside on different things. We also would love to have help cooking and with daily household chores.
Allison, the lady of the house is a teacher, my name is Tim and I am an artist, author and teacher. We look forward to meeting many people.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We have had aquaponics for several years. The aquaponics greenhouse is a hands on project. We will build the toughs, set up the manifold for the radiant floor heat and plumb all of the water lines. When finished one will have a good working understanding of aquaponics. The fill and drain system out side will be taken out of service and sold as of fall 2019 to make way in that area for access to the woodshop. Another area we could spend some time is in cladding the inside fireplace. We will be carving concrete to make it look like rock. There are always a few construction type projects or remodeling/improvements going on.
We have a number of projects we are working on as well as ongoing yard and garden work. In the winter of 2019 we will be working hard to finish the greenhouse as well as finishing some concrete carving and other inside remodel chores. We also are interested in learning about new recipes for organic and raw foods. We are trying to find more ways to be more self sufficient and to eat a more diverse and healthy diet.
We have a number of construction projects coming up as well. New raised beds will be added to another area of the yard. More permaculture projects will be added such as water catchment for the chicken coup. There is always fencing, planting and some sort of garden clean-up to be done. We also have earthbag wall construction, roofing on the garden shed, that needs to be done, a guest house to do finish work on and a host of other fun eco friendly projects.
Current priorities are the greenhouse.
Currently we have a few different opportunities for accommodation. We have a spare bedroom in our main house as well as a guest house next door. It varies whether the guest house is available but the spare bedroom is typically open except during holidays.
There are a variety of historical sites to visit locally. A heritage museum and Buffalo Bills ranch are within 1/2 mile of our property. There is an avid cycling club, a lake on the south side of town and the river at the edge of town. A locally owned book store has a very active open mic night and there are various other activities to enjoy the arts. This is typical small town great plains living and may not be a good fit for someone who wants the jet setting, mega party city life. There are no night clubs here and the night life is pretty mild and plain, many young people might say boring. We work, we play, we rest.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Five hours daily per adult staying, M-F. Hours can be flexible as coolest time in summer is 7am to noon, and warmest in winter is afternoons.