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Mansfield
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 130
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 29122
Region: Midwest

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Last Updated: May 14, 2014

Our farm is located in the heart of the Ozarks. We have 320 acres of beautiful rolling pastures and woods. We are truly grass farmers, as we are always working on improving our pasture management techniques to keep all of our livestock well fed on our pastures!

We raise beef cattle, sheep, and hogs for meat that we market through our CSA. Our beef and lamb are 100% grassfed, and we are looking into becoming certified Organic for our grassfed beef, lamb and pastured pork. We have laying hens, two llamas, and many dogs and cats. We also board retired horses for folks from across the country. Daily chores include feeding and watering all of the animals, checking on livestock in the pastures and moving them to a new field if needed, cleaning horse stalls, collecting eggs, and gardening. In addition to the chores, we always have a project or two going on. It can range from fencing, to performing maintenance on farm equipment, to putting up hay. We put up all of our own hay, both round and square bales.

1+ months is our suggested length of stay. We are also looking for a long-term worker, so if an intern comes to visit the farm and we mutually think it is a good fit, there is that possibility too.

As far as non-agricultural activities go, we might be restoring a tractor soon, we have a small construction project going on, we are planning on building chicken tractors so we can graze our chickens on our pastures. The list could go on!

Expectations: During the summer time, we have a lot of projects we work on not to mention all of the daily chores. We work long hours, but there is always something new we are doing, and it is very fulfilling work! Basic expectations include working well with others, following directions, some heavy lifting (hay bales and 50lb feed sacks), and waking up early!

Interns are needed Spring Fall.

Accommodations include a room in our farm house (not the house we the hosts live in), with your own kitchen and bathroom. The house is mostly furnished and also has basic kitchen utensils. Bedding & linens are not provided.

We live in a small town and there is not a bus service. It would best if the intern had their own car. Otherwise, they might be able to run errands with one of us. We do not have a vehicle to lend out for the length of their stay.

Languages spoken: English and some French.

One dog may be welcome as long as the dog can behave himself on a farm with livestock, including not chasing horses or cattle, and not going after the chickens who free range during the day.

We can provide some ground beef every month, eggs from our hens as long as they are laying, and whatever produce from our garden that is in season.

We are just 2 miles down the road from the house Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote all of her books in. Our area has several fun festivals throughout the summer months, there are country dance halls, and several lakes nearby. We sometimes like to take our boat to Bull Shoals lake and play around for the day! Branson is about an hour away, offering shows, shopping, and Silver Dollar City. Horseback riding might be an option too, depending on what horses we have to ride on the farm.

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