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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 45
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 45272
Region: Midwest

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Last Updated: March 18, 2017

We are a small egalitarian community and organic farm established in June of 2003 and situated on 113 acres in the hills of Ozark County, MO. The terrain is rocky with several creeks and we enjoy four distinctly, beautiful seasons.

We raise dairy goats, egg chickens & ducks, geese, guineas, rabbits, cats, and various vegetables using local organic inputs and no-till design and hugelculture. We work to put the principles of Permaculture into daily practice,using clean energy resources and recycling our waste as best we can. We are stiving to minimize our reliance on fossil fuels and electricity as much as possible.

Our commitment to living simply translates to many lifestyle choices here. Our main communal building runs on solar power and has very few ammenities. We have a trailer connected to the grid that we are currently working on phasing out. The only things running on the grid are our laptops and one freezer. We do all of our cooking on woodfires year round, which means cooking in our outdoor kitchen in the warmer months. Our laundry is done by hand and dried on clothes lines. Our dishes are done by hand using rain water heated on our woodfire. These are some central differences to what most folks are used to. It is a commitment of time and effort, and we feel it is rewarding and pays off. We love life and we have fun with our commitments.

We offer a wide range of skilled and unskilled work experiences in gardening, cooking, canning, fermentation, sustainable construction, milking, cheesemaking, forestry, salvage, maintenance, and more. We have an ongoing need for alternative, ecologically aware construction, organic permaculture style gardening, home and land improvement, and hard workers with thoughtful conversations.

Length of stay is entirely negotiable. We are accepting new members. Meals are communal, vegetarian and omnivorous habits will be provided for. WWOOFers will be expected to attend daily priority meetings and to take an active part in chores and projects. We don't keep track of hourly contributions but we expect visitors to work to the best of their ability. Opportunities are available year ’round. Limited transportation is available. We are in the center of three small towns, about 20 miles from each, and we are involved in community groups in all three towns - Gainesville, Ava, and Theodosia. We are part of several Ozarks tribes and a local food and artists co-op where we will soon be selling produce and handmade crafts, opening later this month!

Children and pets are welcome with prior approval.

Alcohol is enjoyed on holidays and special occasions.

We respect tobacco as a very energy intensive indulgence, but also respect the bodily sovereinty of our members who do smoke. Tobacco is not used as a social habit and smokers are asked to step away when they do smoke.

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