Come learn about living off-the-grid and self-reliance in rural upstate New York, USA

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  • Description


    Laurie and I are homesteaders, living off-the-grid in rural upstate New York in a strawbale, timberframe house, which we built primarily from material we gathered directly off the land. Our home is at the southern edge of the Adirondack State Park (largest state park in U.S. and largest wilderness in Eastern U.S.) with easy access to some of the most beautiful forest and mountains in the world. We're just 200 miles from New York City, Montreal and Boston, and 250 miles from Niagara Falls. We live on 68 acres of mostly forested hillside and heat our home with wood and the sun. Our electricity and hot water are also solar powered. We have done many presentations on simple living and homesteading skills, and in 2012 we were named Mother Earth News Homesteaders of the Year. Our lifestyle is one of self-reliance, and as such we engage in a wide variety of activities on a daily basis. We grow much of our food, and gardening is a big part of our life. We also keep a flock of chickens for eggs (and entertainment!), a couple of dogs and a cat. We always have building projects to work on, and we're active in our community. Laurie is a trained herbalist and yoga instructor as well as science professor at our local community college. Jim works at carpentry and other trades as circumstances require, and as a writer of both fiction and non-fiction . (Search for J. Lee Strickland to find examples of his writing both online and in print.) We're vegetarians committed to the struggle of living in the 21st Century and walking lightly on the earth.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Pratique d’une langue
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique / avec Internet
  • 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

    We offer an opportunity for travelers to experience a glimpse of our self-reliant lifestyle where we work directly with the land to provide the basics of our day-to-day existence. We live a hands-on life where our first question is always. "How can I do this?" rather than, "Who will do this for me?" We are political liberals with an interest in and appreciation of all world cultures. As experienced teachers, we're ready to share our knowledge and to learn from others. We're also amateur musicians with a large collection of instruments available for group playing. Laurie is an avid hiker/backpacker and birder with a great store of knowledge about the Adirondack mountains. Jim is interested in languages and would love to practice his Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Greek, Italian, or any other language a workawayer might bring along. Jim is an experienced language tutor, happy to help others in their pursuit of improved communication skills.

  • Projets impliquant des enfants

    Projets impliquant des enfants

    Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.

  • Aide


    Garden work is big from May to November. We grow without pesticides or chemical inputs in our deep mulch, no-till garden. Firewood gathering, splitting and stacking year-round. Building projects both large and small(no experience necessary, enthusiasm is your most important talent). Maintenance projects from plumbing repairs to realigning solar panels. Food preservation (canning, fermenting, pickling, root cellaring, etc.), as well as making yogurt, kefir, miso, sauerkraut, kimchi, bread and more. The chickens need love and attention every day.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Courant
    Français: Courant
    Allemand: Intermédiaire
    Portugais: 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


    Though we live off-the-grid, our accommodations are not rustic. We have a private guest room with queen-size bed, wireless high-speed internet, and access to laundry and modern kitchen facilities. The setting is rural and private but less than 4 miles from downtown shopping and entertainment. Our house is small by American standards (huge by other standards!) with just one bath, and our shallow, hand-dug well sometimes requires careful water use. Because we make our own electricity, that can be limited by the amount of sunshine. Our circumstances provide the opportunity for becoming conscious of the limits of the earth's resources. By the way, we have beautiful tenting sites as well. We would like to restrict original commitments to no more than two weeks. Longer stays can be negotiated on an individual basis.

    Please note: Both our water supply and our electricity are limited! If you are the sort of person who feels the need to shower every day, or if you carry a blow dryer among your grooming supplies, we are probably not a good fit for you. We expect visitors to practice conscious conservation, to carefully examine their impact on the earth, and lighten it wherever possible.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Adirondack State Park with its 46 high peaks, hundreds of miles of well-marked hiking trails, lakes and waterways, countless sites of historical importance. Bus station to Schenectady/Albany and all points beyond (e.g. NYC or Montreal) is 3 miles (5 km) away in Gloversville. Train station is 15 miles (25 km) away in Amsterdam. Albany International Airport is 40 miles (64 km) away. Uber has recently become available in our area, and there is traditional taxi service as well.

  • 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

    We have reliable high speed internet, wifi, and a relatively distraction-free environment.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Our driveway is narrow, winding, and steep in spots, but we have had campers as large as a 23 foot Winnebago here.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?


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    Nombre d'heures attendues

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

N° de référence hôte : 955253913937

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