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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 175
Persons: 26
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 36037
Region: Mid Atlantic

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Last Updated: July 30, 2020

We are a vibrant farming and handcrafting community of about 110 people that includes adults with developmental disabilities. Our residents, living and participating side by side, create a dynamic and caring community for people of all ages and varied abilities. Located on 432 acres of farm, gardens and woodlands in Chester County, Pennsylvania, we are also a local center for culture and a model for sound ecological living.

Each year about 25 volunteers join our community for an immersive and meaningful year-long experience; we do also have some interns join us for 1-3 months as well. Volunteers have their own room in one of our "family" style lifesharing houses and receive all their meals there as well. Most volunteers will spend about half time helping in one of our houses and half in one of our agricultural and craft workshops, which include a weavery, pottery, mosaic studio, fiber arts, bakery, cafe, or bio-dynamic gardens, orchard and dairy farm.

In addition to coworker positions, we also offer 1-2 year biodynamic apprenticeships in our dairy and vegetable CSA which includes hands-on instruction in farming and biodynamics as well as educational workshops and trainings.

Each volunteer has one day off per week and three weeks of vacation per year. Room and board are provided; each volunteer has a private room with utilities (including WiFi) included. Year-long volunteers also receive a monthly stipend. Eligible drivers have free access to village cars, gas and insurance included. The community fosters a strong cultural life of festivals, music, and art, and is located one hour west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the eastern United States.

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