Welcoming help on the homestead in Maine, USA



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  • Description


    This is a small farm on the outskirts of the cash economy (food produced here is for eating, not to sell) with 9 goats, and a few dozen chickens, guineas and ducks. The animals are organic and have access to free-range 50+ acres. I consider them more as partners than livestock and as such I don't cull, but take care of my "retirees" as my part for the time they have spent providing milk or eggs for me. A number of the animals here are rescues.

    There is plenty of garden and field space (and long-term workawayers are definitely welcome to do their own garden projects), although it needs repairs to the fencing to be fully functional - this is one of the things that makes this place unique, as the animals are not fenced, but that comes with challenges - like if I want a garden, that has to be inside a fence (although I suspect the plants are less bothered by that idea than the animals!). Another thing that make this place unique is that it was built almost entirely with hand tools. There are a few power tools here if you are inclined to do any carpentry projects and aren't into the idea of hand tools, but those are available too.

    My kids are grown (one still living here but working full time, and will be away for the dates mentioned above) and not interested in taking over the land, and my husband works away, and so I need extra helping hands for the projects that are a bit much for me alone. There are woods to walk in, a stream big enough for a swim, hayfields and apple trees.

    I like to experiment with foods I get in quantity (I work part-time in organic food distribution), like the year I learned to do winemaking. Other times I do dehydration or canning.

    My important focus is being environmentally friendly as well as humane, and try to see all my projects here through that lens.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide dans une ferme
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    I can teach you how to milk goats, do basic animal care, and cheesemaking. I can show you egg based meals and yummy, eggy desserts (like flan!). I can help with English learning (any level if you speak Spanish, as I can get by in that , or if you know enough English to get by on a basic level it wouldn't matter the primary language). I can bring you to capoeira class, even though culturally it is Brazilian (this has been on hold because of covid but is happening again). At the co-op, I go to a Spanish-language discussion group, and the co-op also has discussion groups in French and Italian (these are on hold due to covid). If you play music there are lots of musical instruments here, and there will again be several contra dances in the area once covid is history. There are plenty of really good hiking opportunities in Maine, and I get out there regularly.

  • Aide


    - Most urgent task is barn mucking! Lots of good organic manure here. Needs cleaning before winter.

    - I need help with some repairs on the mobile home and a bit of organizing there, so there can be a more useful space for future workawayers.

    - you are welcome to have your own gardens here if you are long term

    - Barn has goat damage like broken windows that need replacing

    - I can always use help from someone who can see what needs doing because I often don't!

    - basic cleaning help is always welcomed

    - I certainly don't expect any one person to be into doing all of these, just a few!

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Intermédiaire
    Portugais: Débutant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    Cet hôte a indiqué qu’il souhaitait faire partager sa propre langue ou en apprendre une nouvelle.
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  • Hébergement


    There is a mobile home that we lived in while building our house. The available private bedroom is simple but comfortable, with a really nice queen bed, and there is a largely private bathroom next to the bedroom but not directly connected. There is a washing machine that is the one that I use (shared) and I use the kitchen occasionally for the oven and fridge, but it is mostly a private space. If a group of friends wants to stay, there is also a couch in the living room and a fold-out queen size couch bed in the other bedroom (the bed here is less comfortable, but there is a bathroom directly attached to the bedroom). I am also happy to accommodate tenters or RVers. There is limited fridge space as we have lots of eggs (which I imagine you will want to help eat!) and farmers cheese in the freezer. Food is basically vegetarian and organic, but not vegan due to quantity of eggs and milk (although not a deal breaker if you do a lot of cooking - rice and beans are a good base for a meal!). I tend to be a coffee-for-breakfast type (I love good coffee!), but there are plenty of eggs, and I can get cereal/oats/whatever if you are so inclined. Plenty of local, organic flour if you like baking, including gluten-free as I need to be. Dinner is the more creative cooking time for me, and am happy to cook together/share cooking ideas, and have fun with it. I can accommodate families with well behaved kids old enough to not need toddler-proofing.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    The central Maine area has plenty of interesting social activities from contra dances to capoeira (both of which have enthusiasts in this house, and therefore rides, although the dances are up in the air due to covid), and there is a wonderful food coop in nearby Belfast. There are hiking trails nearby. Car possibly available if you have a good driving record.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Cet hôte a de la place pour les vans.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?


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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    20 - 25 hours a week for short-term stay, 10-20 for long-termers, flexible. More if you want to, of course.

N° de référence hôte : 176134385533