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Woodhull
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 48.56333468231485
Persons: 1 (or 2 if sharing)
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 18961
Region: Mid Atlantic

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Last Updated: October 18, 2014

This place was established in 2000 as a wildlife refuge and sanctuary. It now also hosts both a working alpaca farm, and a newly forming 501-c-3 charity called Opera's Place - Sanctuary for Animals. Opera's Place specializes in alpacas and takes on special needs alpacas for such things as intensive physical therapy on occasion. A young alpaca female, Opera, suffered a serious stroke and was rehabilitated over many months with 7x/day p.t. She is the namesake for the new charity and Opera will always live on Moon Ivy Hill. There are also presently on the farm: donkeys, horses, a full sized 1000 lb. pig, a few chickens, four dogs and three cats. We currently have 26 alpacas here. There are five ponds on the property and a mix of fields and woodlands on rolling terrain. A program called "Intern to Learn," with a college approved syllabus and teaching everything one needs to know about how to operate a working alpaca farm has been conducted on the property and may be again (recession put the program on hiatus). We're looking for a single helper, or a couple or team of 2 or 3 (at most) that can share a space and duties together, to help out with working 5 hours a day in exchange for the experience and housing, internet access, local phone, and some food/meals, "family style" daily. Jack Wills, also residing on the property, is a retired college professor of biology, botany and zoology, happy to share his extensive knowledge. Considering the initial time committed and all that is involved in the orientation and training, as alpacas are not so common or like horses and cattle, etc., we request that any helper(s) be willing to commit to no less than a 3 month time period on the farm, if at all possible. Ideal person or persons for this will love the outdoors and animals and have some handyman type skills. You will learn more, enjoy the whole experience more, and it will be of more help to us if we don't have to find ourselves training new folks every three or four weeks, as we're sure you can understand. If all is going well and everyone wants to continue, we can expand from there, otherwise, we like to plan and know by when we would be saying good-bye and welcoming a new helper or two. We are very open and even looking, though, for the right "match" for a long-term on site farmhand or manager and a small team, but this would not remove our continuing mode of taking on short-term helpers. We have a terrific full time hand here now (Kenny) but given his recent degree in environmental sciences and the applications he'd already put out there to the universe before meeting us here, he may get a better job offer at anytime and we are prepared to have to say farewell if/when that happens. Until then, we're working well together here and Kenny is a great guy to show you around and share the experiences with. We are happy to have new helpers every few months, during all seasons!

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