All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 30
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 25289
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Last Updated: July 16, 2017
Our names are Sid and Susan, we and our four wonderful children work together to run a family farm.
It is our commitment as a family and as individuals to make a difference in the world in every venture and project we participate in.
Our family farm is 30 acres of land with old forest, developed over the years into an integrated whole, with many innovative inner connected systems; we have been in operation since 1983.
We live at the edge of the beautiful, small, old-Florida town of Micanopy,FL. Gainesville,FL is just 10 miles north of us giving you access to a fun college town and many of the world famous springs known for some of the best snorkeling and diving. There are crystal clear rivers as well for canoeing. Our location gives easy access to Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and the beach; all being two hours from our front door. (We can't always take you around)
We have a native wetland tree nursery , that utilizes a terraced "rice patty" watering system (ebb-flow),being one of the first of it's type. We also grow all types of fruit trees, as well as flowering shrubs, ornamentals and native trees.
We have a beautiful mile-long nature trail which is continually being refined and expanded.
Our irrigation water passes through a herbaceous aquatic filter bed & to naturally feed a pond aquaculture system. You can see our greenhouse design, maintenance and many types of plant propagation.
We welcome international visitors with open arms! This gives us an opportunity to experience other cultures from all over the world.
We also run a top notch breeding kennel. Our wonderful dogs are all of working breeds that love people. Learn many aspects of small animal veterinary science, including lab technology.
Then there is the organic garden which produces our food seasonally.
We are into the arts, drawing, sculpting, photography, web design, pottery, etc. We have a pottery studio that we need to do some work in and we require volunteers to help get it back up and running.
We have lots of reading books with many different subjects from animals to philosophy to pottery.
We also have a large shop which is set up for welding, wood working and equipment maintenance.
We have immediate and ongoing openings for motivated visitors, who would like to be part of a team.
We have lots of private housing sites on the property with water and electricity. Some visitors may have to share a room with a fellow visitors at times or give up a large room to accommodate a couple. We have tent sites as well. Wifi is available at the main house.
No smoking is preferred but is okay. If you do smoke there is NO smoking in the buildings:)
If you do smoke Please bring enough money for cigarettes WE DO NOT BUY THEM FOR YOU!!!
We do the farm work everyday, please tell us ahead of time if you need to take off a couple days. Four to six hours of work per day is required more or less. Weask minimum of 3 weeks . It take a week (7 days)to teach most people their jobs. The second week to settle into their job then by the 3rd it's a breeze.
(Ask if we can take you for shorter stays)
We do not use pesticides so we have bugs. (We do use medicines on the animals such as dewormers and flea and tick control. ) We also have lizards, gators, frogs, toads, snakes, and did I mention bugs? It is semi-tropical. It is humid and hot and I LOVE it!:)
Food is provided. We are NOT vegetarians We love good food. Most visitors cook their own breakfast and lunch. Dinner is a group effort. A typical meal is meat/protein, 2 vegetables, a starch, salad, either home-made bread or a yummy baguette from a store, and dessert.
Everyone helps with cooking dinners and cleaning the kitchen. Routine kitchen work,tidying up the living/dining area,and keeping you own space tidy is not considered part of your regular hours. This is required. We are not your parents we are part of a team. :)
On-going work includes pruning, weeding, composting, vegetable gardening, grounds maintenance, equipment maintenance, dog care, chicken and goat care, pig care and maintenance, and much more.
Remember "REAL" farm work is hard, dirty, sometimes repetitive, and always rewarding.
We like to balance work with fun. We have a nice swimming pond, fire-pit & BBQ picnic area. Summer nights often find us taking a dip and enjoying sitting around a fire, eating, engaging in lively conversations and generally having a good time.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Sid and Susan :)