Help with building off-grid cabin in Teton Valley, ID, USA


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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    Scott started an off-grid cabin in the wilds of the Teton mountains almost 30 years ago built almost exclusively out of salvaged materials. It has served as a remote getaway but now we are living here summers and winters. Emme is a creative soul so we have started collecting materials to build her an 'artist cabin' for the summer of 2020. We salvage materials from the local dump, take down old buildings and gather from other sources. There is So much available in the waste stream that it seems wrong to buy things new (plus it is cheap or free and we dont have alot of money). It has allowed us to stay out of debt and therefore own our own lives. This kind of building is always an adventure and has connected us with many interesting folks through the years. In the winter, we have to ski or snowmachine 4 miles to the cabin. In the summer we are able to drive to the 6 acre property. We are located about 16 miles to Driggs idaho, outside the small villiage of Felt, Idaho a couple of miles from the Wyoming border. The targhee national forest is a couple of hundred yard from the property with the Jedediah smith Wilderness area, grand teton national park and yellowstone national park nearby that is the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48 states...a true outdoor paradise.

    We have many projects going at all times, from chopping/stacking wood for winter use, fixing up cabin, outhouse, sauna, and two restored Silo's on the property. As well as collecting/drying/storing medicinal herbs, edible mushrooms, huckleberries, and other wild food gathering. Emme is an avid cook, so workaways have loved learning and assisting in baking, fermenting, and food storage.

    Emme is a raw vegan foodie, deep tissue massage therapist, plant based nutritionist and knitter of all things. Scott enjoys all the plant based food, along with venison, elk, and fish.
    Our ideal workawayer is not afraid to do learn new things, is healthy and strong, optimistic, posseses common sense, is interested in living offgrid, loves animals, wants to learn and enjoys the outdoors

    We have a lovely converted Butler Silo, with windows, insulation, woodstove and comfy futon couch and writing area for workaways to stay in. It has a basic kitchen and provides you with your own space and privacy. You will have access to a hot shower or a wood-fired sauna.

    Scott has been working with, guiding and hosting workaways for over 20 years in Southern Utah. You can type in Boulder, UT and find his workaway host site there. Scott hosts in the spring and fall in Boulder, UT, but we'd love to host enthusiastic interesting folks who'd like to learn about our way of life, as well as share their insights to life so far while we are in Idaho Dec-March, and June-October.
    Also check out Scott’s work away site listed for Boulder Utah To see other projects we have going and see feedback from past workawayers.

    Contact us to see if you would be a good addition to our Summer family.... Sincerely, Scott and Emme

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    As stated above, Scott built all his homes/outbuildings using reclaimed materials, we use solar, pump or haul water. We are avid readers. Cell service. No television, internet hit or miss. Emme is a deep tissue massage therapist, specializing in plant-based nutrition, with over 40 years expereience. She also is an avid knitter, hand spinner of fiber, paints, writes and sews. We will be putting up alot of dried medicinal herbs and fermenting our finds.

  • Help


    Workawayers will learn and build alongside us.

    Projects for summer 2020 on our property include: a 10x 10 writers studio with all reclaimed lumber. (Shed roof, deck around West and South, installing windows, door, shelves and wood stove).

    Assisting us in Gathering, chopping, stacking 3 cords wood from surrounding area.

    Learning to Build a wrap around roof over existing deck with reclaimed wood.

    And assisting us in building steps up to new covered deck.

    Along with various other projects. Collecting huckleberry, nettle, rose hips, etc.

    Joining us to salvage at dump each week for materials and treasures.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Workaways and guests of our stay in Sweet old Butler Silo converted into a guest space. Wood stove, camp stove to make your own coffee or tea in a.m. and/or outdoor fire ring (where we cook most evenings...peaches with coconut oil, cinnamon and cardamom is our new favorite). Meals provided by hosts. Outhouse is 75 yards away, outdoor solar heated shower or wood sauna available to work a ways .
    Emme loves cooking/baking, so workaways in past have enjoyed beautiful conciously made breakfast, lunch and dinners. And have helped in past to learn nutritional skills.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    So much to see and do in our area. From hiking, mountain biking, flyfishing, canoeing, backpacking. We have outdoor gear, maps galore and will help send you off on adventures. In the winter you can ski out from the Silo, and there are 3 skate ski areas around Driggs, as well as Targhee for downhill. Driggs if only 30 minutes away, and hosts two libraries, a wonderful food co-op like shop, regular grocery, and many microbreweries, coffee houses and restaurants. The West Side of the Tetons is stunning and much quieter than Jackson. However, Jackson Hole is only 45 minutes away and offers a change of scenery and fun.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, sometimes more5 days a week

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