Non-profit sustainability and homestead projects at our chestnut and blueberry farm in Loudonville, USA

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  • Description


    My identical twin 6 year-old boys, my 9 year-old son, and I live together in a farmhouse on our farm. We are surrounded by orchards of chestnut trees and our blueberry patch. Every year we've been planting up acres of chestnut trees, grown from the seeds of what we deem to be our best trees and the best trees in the world. It's very exciting! We live in a world where we are generally forced to accept that there are many mouths to feed and calories needed to be produced by a style of agriculture that is destructive to land, air, and ecosystems. However, chestnuts are an exception. As a forest crop, they build up the soil, and don't require a lot of fertilization, spraying, or tearing up the land. Furthermore, they take carbon dioxide from the air and turn it into firewood, oxygen, and of course thousands of pounds of tasty nuts that are very good for you, being high in nutrients and low in fat, being similar to a grain in their composition and potential.

    A little over a hundred years ago, there were 2 American chestnut trees for every person alive on the planet. Enough to fill Yellowstone nation park 8 times over. 1 in 4 trees on the Eastern seaboard was a chestnut. These were virtually all wiped out by a fungus. Now, most Americans don't even know what one is, even though we live in what was once the heartland of the chestnut. They are amazing trees that produce a great food and forest ecosystem, home to birds, mushrooms, wildflowers, bees, etc. Chestnut production is in its infancy in America, and we are living in an exciting time when we're figuring out how to make it work and grow. It's an edifying and promising vision, and we invite you to be part of it.

    We also have several acres of blueberries and some other stuff for fun, like chickens and a garden, and we dabble in pole beans, roses, grapes, hops, pecans, hazelnuts, butternuts, paw paws, hardy kiwi, mushrooms, bees, elderberries, strawberries, plums, and apples.

    2023 should be an exciting year. In the spring, we’ll be planting about 2,000 more chestnut trees that will be part of our ongoing genetic program. We’ll be trying a new harvesting system with the chestnuts, and I hope to create some prototypes for some invention ideas I have for chestnut production. We’ve been using microbiology more these past few years and experimenting with ecofriendly pest control measures, and I would love to continue and expand our progress there. We are also partnering with a local monastery and tending to 10 acres of chestnut trees (also part of the genetic program) for the monks. It's easily within biking distance, and there'll occasionally be work to be done there.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et construction
    Aide dans une ferme
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    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

    There's no question that growing things makes you a stronger, smarter, and more well-rounded person. There are many tasks where you can have peaceful time to think or meditate as you help, or to go through a lot of portable media. It can be like staring into the infinite. You are a cog that keeps many wheels turning…

    On the more social side, our farm has always been blessed with wonderful and diverse people coming to work and visit. There are a lot of laid-back and honest, yet intelligent folks who find their way here, and befriending and talking to them surely adds to the richness and experience of life. Ashland county Ohio is a beautiful area, and home to the nicest folks. There are highly varied and lively Amish communities around here, and it's common to meet them on our farm during blueberry and chestnut seasons. They range from the stoic, dark-haired Swartzentroubers, who speak a thick Pennsylvania Dutch and work hard, to the elegant Hostetlers, with their booming mill and log home businesses. I can show you the etiquette to use among the different sects. Especially during the harvest seasons on our farm, you really meet all kinds of people from many walks of life, open your mind to their joys and plights, and make friends that you never could have anticipated.

    It is likely that there will be at least one family of Ukrainian refugees staying here in 2023.

    We’re eager to meet people through Workaway who are interested in taking part in the quest for knowledge that is such an integral part of our farm. I’d like to find people who are interested in the science, the engineering, improving management practices, and learning together with us how to farm better and more sustainably.

    At least during the chestnut season and soon afterward, there will be a lot of chestnuts around to experiment with culinary. They can be ground into flour and from there used to make all sorts of things, like bread, pasta, pancakes, pies, and even burgers. We're definitely still learning here what all you can do with them. It is my belief that tree crops, particularly chestnuts and hazelnuts, can largely replace commodity crops such as corn and soybeans that have a heavy environmental impact. It is my hope that through coming here and seeing what we're doing and working with the trees, learning to live in a more self-sufficient and community-sufficient manner with a smaller carbon footprint, we all may benefit.

  • L’hôte offre un salaire correspondant au salaire minimum

    L’hôte offre un salaire correspondant au salaire minimum

    Cet hôte offre l'hébergement et une rémunération.

    L’hôte a indiqué qu'il paierait au moins le salaire horaire minimum de son pays pour chaque heure travaillée et que l’hébergement serait fourni. Il demande de l'aide dans le cadre de son entreprise ou activité professionnelle. Contactez l'hôte directement via la messagerie du site pour en savoir plus et avoir des détails sur le salaire proposé. Tous les arrangements devraient être conclus à l'avance avec votre hôte.

  • Aide


    On our farm, we grow blueberries and chestnuts commercially, as well as a lot of other things for fun and sustenance. Though it'd be great to have help with the whole gamut of work to be done around the farm, what we need the most help with is getting in the chestnut harvest. This is a job that keeps you fit and flexible, both physically and mentally. It takes a lot of people to harvest the various orchards, so we're especially eager to find people who can dedicate themselves to the season, from mid-September to mid-October, and work with a small team of people to pick an area clean.

    In the offseason, there will still be work in the orchards planting trees, pruning and culling trees, mowing, picking up logs and chipping branches, grinding stumps, fertilizing, creating compost, and more.

    Then there are the blueberries. There will be plenty of work to be done mulching, fertilizing, weeding, and picking, freezing, and selling berries. It'd be great to have help running the stand and taking berries to the farmers markets.

    On the side, there are a lot of other projects and chores around the farm, garden, and house that we could use help with. These could be tasks such as managing the compost piles, beekeeping, watering, tending to the chickens, hacking big weeds down with a machete, organizing in the barn, washing the dog that just got skunked, etc.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Allemand: Intermédiaire
    Espagnol: Intermédiaire
    Italien: Intermédiaire
    Russe: Intermédiaire

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    Cet hôte a indiqué qu’il souhaitait faire partager sa propre langue ou en apprendre une nouvelle.
    Contactez-le pour en savoir plus.

  • Hébergement


    We have plenty of room to camp on the farm, as well as 4 campers that you're welcome to stay in. Up in the loft of the barn there is also a somewhat furnished room with electricity and a closet where the microscope and telescope live. One or two people may also stay there. The blueberry stand is also like a little insulated cabin, equipped with a futon, wood stove, and upright piano. Someone may stay there as long as we're not open for blueberries. There is electricity and excellent water from the well. There is a washer in the barn and plenty of space to hang clothes. Wifi is at the barn and can be beamed all over the farm. Hot showers can be taken at in a stall behind the barn. There is a makeshift kitchen in the barn with appliances and refrigerators. Just let us know what you need, and we'll do our best to accommodate.

    We pay at least $10/hour for all work outside of the communal garden. During blueberry and chestnut harvests, one has the option of being paid by the pound or by the bucket. A healthy person hustling can usually expect make more doing this, and the hours are unlimited. Of course, we'll have to keep it legal, so if you're coming from abroad, be sure to get the right kind of visa and all that if you need it.

    A candid word on money: Ever since I've been forced to advertise on here that we pay people, the quality of our help has diminished noticeably, and we've been getting more Workawayers who haven't been happy. This year, I'd like to turn that around. Money has a way of ruining the stays of people who would've been happy otherwise. As for me, hosting people is expensive and time-consuming, and it would definitely be cheaper and easier for me to only hire local help and forget about Workaway. I'm doing this to spread awareness of chestnuts and good farming practices, to equip people with skills, knowledge, and experience, and to make life more fun, interesting, and culturally rich around the farm. I want to host people coming here who want to learn as much as they can and improve the world around them, who can really benefit from the experience. If among the top 3 reasons that you have for coming here is to make money, or if you found this page by searching out hosts that offer payment, then I don't want to host you. Honestly, it's a terrible job with lot of sweaty work for low pay. You'd be better off going to the closest factory and getting a job there or becoming an investment banker. And let's face it, small-scale farming isn't for you anyway.

    You will ultimately be responsible for acquiring your own food. That being said, our farm produces a lot of food, and we generally have a large communal garden. This year we're going to try a "Little Red Hen" policy, where workawayers may enjoy the produce of the garden and farm as long as they spend some time helping to maintain it. Nobody is obligated to do this, but I believe that it will save anyone staying here time and money at the grocery store and facilitate a healthy diet. If you choose to do this, then you should think of it as our shared garden. We also always seem to have more eggs than we can eat, so you'd be welcome to help yourselves to eggs. We often have honey and mushrooms to share too. We often host communal dinners or do it potluck style. This seems to add to the cultural exchange and sense of community, plus it's fun. It's common for Workawayers to pool together for meals and to share bulk items like gallons of milk or bags of rice.

    This is not the lap of luxury. You would be living at or around the barn and spending most of your time outside and away from heaters and air-conditioning. It's rustic, though many people who've stayed here love it and come back. If you like camping, then you'll probably do great. If you are a person who needs a shower every day, ironed linens, or a bidet, then this place probably isn't a good fit for you.

    Since firewood is a byproduct of a chestnut orchard, there are often campfires at night during the growing season. I also have a canoe and tackle that you may take out on the river or lakes if you wish, and some bikes that can be borrowed.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    We live pretty close to Mohican State Park, as well as some rivers and lakes. Our area hosts a lot of canoeing, hiking, bike trails, and an outdoor adventure place with ziplines and climbing walls and that sort of thing. We have a couple cars, so you shouldn't have too much trouble arranging trips into town, nights out, grocery runs, etc. There are 2 canoes and tackle that may be borrowed, and a trailer to transport it with.

    In my opinion, you can find the best that the Midwest has to offer on and around our farm. The stars are really something too, as well as the views afforded by our elevation. Same goes for sunrises and sets.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    There is wifi here. It is great for emails and calls. Not good for gaming and video conferences. For that, the local library is better.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Cet hôte a de la place pour les vans.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    No cats.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

  • ...

    Nombre d'heures attendues

    21 hours/week, or 3/day

N° de référence hôte : 584179171285

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