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Our Animal Ranch & Rescue was founded to rescue animals in need to rehab and rehome them or let them life out their life here in safety in peace, as well as revive this fallow land in a sustainable way through regenerative farming with farm animals that will will live happily every day of their life.
The Rescue and Ranch being brand new there is no money coming in yet, donations are still scarce and there is a lot of infrastructure that has to be build up and land be improved, and so I am looking for volunteers that are willing to pay for their own food beyond bed & breakfast.
Especially in winter there is not much work, only feeding the animals and mucking the barn and shelter areas as well as keeping the house clean so it’s literally only a couple of hours a day working together.
If you have carpentry skills to help build chicken and duck coops, hay feeders or small A-frame guest mini-cabins (for which plans exist) and other things then it would be full board, but again, as this is a non-profit animal rescue we are looking for volunteers to donate not only their time but also their board. Staying here is always free.
Trabajo de caridad
Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
Cuidado de animales
Ayuda en una granja
Cocinar para toda la familia
Ayuda con ordenadores/Internet
You will enjoy a wonderful stay with lots of love from the animals and satisfaction from working on improving the land. The Ranch & Rescue is located in a side valley of the beautiful Butternuts Valley which is a magical and peaceful place. If you love nature and animals then this is the place for you. Working with the animals is so rewarding and helping save lives is the best feeling ever.
I lived in Germany for most of my life before moving to the US in 2015 and rescue-rehabbed dogs in Florida before starting the Ranch & Rescue in 2021. I have traveled worldwide extensively in my previous professional life and love meeting people from all over the world. Now I am a beginning rancher and despite having taken courses most days I am winging it and could write a book on how/what not to do while I am in a constant learning process.
The Ranch & Rescue were founded in spring of 2021 with minimum infrastructure on land that has lain fallow for almost 2 decades. There are horses, mules and donkeys, cats and dogs in the rescue, there are Scottish Highlanders, goats and chickens at the Ranch (as of 11/21). The farm animals are kept as natural as possible in herds and flocks out in pastures and are rotationally grazed. The goats and cows job is to revive the land through grazing which requires moving fences every so often until permanent fences can be build. Among the horses can be individuals that need extra feed typically twice a day (because they came here skin and bones or because of old age) and during the winter months goats, cows and equines need extra hay. The chickens need to be let out mornings and get closed up in the evenings and get food and water every day.
Fences need to be checked regularly and during the summer months the fence lines need to be weed-backed once a week, grass gets mowed weekly and some areas bush hogged regularly. Horse and goat shelters and the chicken coop need to be kept clean on a daily basis.
There are many maintenance projects from fences to buildings to equipment and machines as well as tree/bush trimming or keeping the trails clear.
There is definitely never a dull moment here but it's always rewarding.
The dogs and cats are providing love and fun, they don't live in crates but free inside the home and on the property. They need food and water and litter box cleaning, nail trimming and grooming. The house needs to be kept clean and tidy.
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I am German born and lived in Germany for most of my life. In my previous career I traveled all over Europe and other parts of the world and I previously learned French and Italian but since I haven't used these two languages in years my knowledge has gotten basic. I loved to travel other countries and cultures and miss that part of my previous life a bit.
The farm house has a guest room with a separate bathroom/shower. The downstairs area (kitchen, dining- and living room) are common spaces and meals are taken together.
This area is for anyone who loves nature and the outdoors. We are quite rural yet Gilbertsville, which is just a 7 min drive, is a very artsy town and has a wonderful artisan bakery. There is lots of State Land and are many creeks and rivers, as well as lakes within an hour's drive. Best towns within 90 min drive are Oneonta, Cooperstown and Ithaca, Binghampton and Albany, the Catskills are only an hour drive and Syracuse is just under 2 hours drive. It's 3.5h to Manhattan.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
The farm house has a guest room with a separate bathroom, but it also has an office space and high speed internet. There is no cell service in this valley so only wifi-service.
This being a farm there are several spots to park an RV although WIFI reception is only near the farm house.
This being an Animal Ranch & Rescue I always welcome pets that are well behaved although they might have to be leashed until they are used to not chase/kill the chickens and cats (and other animals)
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Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week