Help with building a homestead for our family using sustainable practices in Vermont, USA

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  • Last activity: 01/02/2023




  • Description


    Cottage Build 2022 / 2023
    - GARDEN, GREENHOUSE, & FOOD FOREST: We have a partially-underground 8x14 greenhouse that needs to be completed (insulation, thermal mass, shelving, planting). Our food forest is transitioning into a perennial garden and combining with our hugelkulture garden. A new food forest is in the works.
    - RUNNING WATER: We have running water, but we want to streamline our setup including adding an underground cistern.
    - ROCKET MASS HEATER BUILD: Somehow we survived the past 3 winters with an incomplete heat source. We will rectify this by completing our rocket mass heater. We are 95% complete as of mid-November 2020 (enough to heat the house). We will now finish the remaining 5%.
    - CONSTRUCTION: We will be finishing siding the barn, carpentry projects in the house and elsewhere, including lots of built-in shelving--pantry, library, bathroom, etc.
    - COB / EARTHEN PLASTER: We still have interior & exterior cobbing/earthen plaster to do
    - OTHER PROJECTS: We still have numerous other projects around the homestead, including (but not limited to): extending our food forest (clearing forest, planting more trees and berry/nut bushes, general gardening), firewood acquisition, etc.
    - OFF-GRID LIVING: Lots of daily chores including feeding goats, rabbits, & chickens, firewood, "normal" household chores like cooking & cleaning, etc.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • 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

    Our family is constructing our home using natural building methods--timber framing, round wood framing, straw bale in-fill, cob, etc. Our off-grid homestead features sustainable living--solar power, passive solar home, greenhouse, food forest, hugelkulture, composting. Our lifestyle is sustainable by using locally-sourced building materials--trees, rocks, and clay from the build site, locally milled lumber, used windows and doors, used local slate for roofing. We encourage our volunteers to work with us in design and construction methods. We don't know everything, so we listen to the wealth of knowledge others have and implement solutions immediately.

  • Help


    General homestead tasks--daily chores, firewood acquisition, etc.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    We have a guest room that sleeps 2. We also have a loft for an adventurous person. Bedding provided.

    We will provide meals. We have a privy as well as some composting toilets.
    Internet and Wi-Fi!!
    We have electric lights with switches! We have charging stations for devices, and a functioning inverter (so household power is available) too!

    We are still in THE PROCESS of building our home, so along with the ruggedness of our home it is also a construction zone.

    If this isn't your cup of tea, that's totally understandable. Check back in a few months to see where we're at.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are in the heart of the Green Mountains with the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail only a few minutes away sporting Vermont's second highest Peak--Killington Peak. Our property is 31 acres of heavily forested hills with streams, boulders, and plenty of wildlife. Hiking and exploring are strongly recommended. Skiing, snowboarding & snowshoeing available. There is an abundance of streams, lakes, mountains, and hills nearby. Historic sites. Covered bridges. Farmers markets. Museums.

  • 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

    We have both wired and wi-fi internet connections available. The guestroom is practically above the router so the connection is solid. The dining room table is rather large, near major light sources including huge windows, and also close to the router, so there's a really nice work space when it's not meal time.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a couple different parking locations both quiet and near potable water. Some solar access. More solar access can be had with some tree trimming (we want to turn that area into a meadow anyway).

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have a lab mix and a Great Pyrenees mix who are both very friendly. They get along well with most dogs. We now have a cat too, and he stays upstairs all the time.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week (usually around 20 hrs)

Host ref number: 946774366974

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