Help with sustainable farming in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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  2019 

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a five-person working 4-acre sustainable farm. We are active in our local pagan community, and we welcome open-minded individuals of any faith. We are queer and poly friendly.

    Previous farm experience, or a strong interest specifically in farming, is required. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please email me!

    We are a small sustainable farm, on 4 acres, 5 miles south of Albuquerque at 4900-feet elevation. We are in our 13th year, and tasks are varied. If you volunteer with us, please come expecting outdoor work! We are a small working farm. We welcome honest, fun-loving and hardworking folks who love to get their hands dirty. We have a quarter acre vegetable garden, and do a lot of food preservation in the summer and fall. We raise chickens, turkeys, goats, and peacocks. In addition, five adults, one child, and three cats currently live on the property. We prefer volunteers who enjoy and get along with children.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We teach anything we're working on that is not already familiar. This includes high-desert gardening, water-conscious gardening, greywater use, composting, soil improvement, food harvesting (animal & vegetable), food preservation (canning and drying in particular, but sometimes freezing or fermentation as well), raising and caring for poultry and goats, processing poultry, light construction (particularly animal housing, and fencing). We are a pagan community, and people who are interested in that are welcome to learn about paganism with us; we are willing to answer questions. Likewise, we are a poly community with several queer members, and people are welcome to learn about that from us, though you'd need to ask.

  • Help

    Help

    Our next opening starts in April, for folks interested in camping out on our back acreage.

    Internships of over 1 month will start with a one-month trial period to make sure we're a good fit. If it works out well, then we can extend it up to 4 months.

    This year’s major projects include: taking care of turkeys & chickens from day-old chicks all the way through processing, and as always, garden work -- including planting, weeding, composting, harvesting, drip-irrigation system maintenance, installing shade cloth, organic pest control, harvesting food, and food preservation (freezing, drying, canning and cooking with it!). And taking care of goats. We will teach any task that is unfamiliar, and provide tools and information for every new thing.

    You need to be interested in outdoor hands-on learning, and a motivated self-starter. You will work with other volunteers, farm residents (when available), or solo, depending on the task, the schedule, and your own preference. We host twice-a-month work parties that volunteers are expected to attend, and at which most of the educational opportunities present themselves. If you cannot commit to being available on the weekends, you will not be a good fit for our farm.

    We all work part or full-time off the farm, so we appreciate highly motivated individuals, and can accommodate a range of schedules and length of stay--anything from a week to 4 months. We are connected by city bus and bicycle routes to Albuquerque. Our land extends back from a busy semi-rural highway to a tree-lined field with open views of wide green alfalfa fields and the mountains. We have lots of pretty, tree-shaded camping space available. We are omnivores, but we are good at working around food sensitivities. We are a half-mile from the Rio Grande. Central New Mexico has fabulous hiking opportunities, and the warm weather lasts April through October. (Note: Winters are usually *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️cold*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ here, sometimes with snow! We are at almost 5000 ft elevation.) We are not off-grid or "unplugged." We are dynamic and connected to our local city and community.

    We are a pagan community, and welcome open-minded individuals of any faith. English is the only language spoken. We are queer and poly friendly. If you want to bring a dog or children, you must let us know in your contact email. Your dog must be controlled and well-behaved, and must not chase cats or chickens, or bark when left alone. If you are traveling with children, it is extremely helpful if you have your own travel-trailer to stay in.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    camping or travel-trailer (trailer availability depends on scheduling)

    Summer housing (April-Oct) consists of camping space on our back acreage, which is green and pretty in a New Mexico kind of way. We have a nice camping pad that can host a tent of almost any size, and there's good places to set up a hammock if you prefer.

    NOTE: if we discuss that you will be camping, we expect you to arrive with a tent, sleeping bag, flashlight, and anything else that you will need to be comfortable while camping. We cannot provide these items.

    Winter housing (Nov-March) consists of a small travel trailer, which can accommodate 1-2 people comfortably. The trailer has electric, heat, and wifi, but not plumbing. We cannot accommodate dogs in the trailer. We do have the trailer available as housing in summer as well (in addition to the dome & camping area), on a pre-reservation basis.

    Volunteers have full access to the community house for kitchen, bathroom, laundry, etc. In spring/summer we can accommodate up to 3 people at a time. Leashed, well-trained dogs who don't chase chickens or cats are negotiable in summer.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are close to a lot of great hiking & cultural opportunities, in the Sandia Mountains, the Jemez Mountains, the Pecos mountains, the surrounding Pueblos, etc. We're on a bus route into Albuquerque, but if you want to get up into the mountains, it's best to have a car. Albuquerque is also home to the International Balloon Fiesta in October, and is a great place for watching migratory birds in the winter. We has been hosting volunteers through WWOOF since 2008, and are now branching out into other sites. We love meeting people from everywhere and getting to hear about all of your experiences volunteering other places!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours/week




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