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Waunakee
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 50 acres
Persons: 1-4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 49167
Region: Midwest

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Last Updated: April 4, 2017

Thank you for your interest in our Farm for 2017! We have just upgraded our WWOOFer facilities for the 2017 summer. We are a small family owned farm that specializes in fruits and vegetables. Our goals are to produce the highest quality, quantity, and diversity of food given the opportunities we have. And direct all of our hard work promote a healthy environment, share experiences, do some hard work, have some good fun, and educate everyone around us. We are looking for like-minded individuals to help us have a successful growing season. We are poised to have our biggest production year ever. We will operate two greenhouses, a good sized chicken coop, as much as 4 acres of vegetables, and 4 acres of fruit.

Our farm is comprised of fifty acres total. Most of that area is used in a combination of farming/gardening activities. We have some large fields of alfalfa, some medium sized organic vegetable drip irrigation operations, an established organic chicken egg and meat operation, a thriving bee operation (20+ hives this summer), a mature orchard with apples, cherries, pears, plums, and peaches, we will be harvesting an acre of garlic this summer, raspberry and strawberry patches, a prairie restoration, a private wood lot, as well as a community garden on site with up to 50 gardeners tending to their private plots. Some wildlife makes its home on our farm, we get lots of rabbit, deer, squirrels, groundhogs, raccoons, a very healthy diversity of birdlife, and we get occasional celebrity wildlife such as coyotes, turkeys, cranes, turtles, pheasants, and even a mink once in a while. We have small forest and orchard. Most of the fruit trees are mature heavy producers. We cultivate many wild mulberry trees. And we also have a small area for grapes. Our farm has several buildings, a barn & silo, and two houses on it. The farm house is over 100 years old and so are some of our farm buildings. Other buildings are brand new and some will be built this summer: always something going on.

Expectation/Stay

We ask the Woofer to stay a minimum of one week, but will give preference to guests that want to stay longer, and we prefer to have most of our guests stay for long periods of time, but a mixture of long term guests and long term guests is good too. Pets are welcome. We expect the woofer to work a few hours each day, but plenty of time will be devoted to recreation and education. Our greatest expectation is that you enjoy your stay with us and learn about organic gardening.

Meals/Diets

As part of the WWOOFer arrangement, we provide room and board in exchange for 5.5 hours per day for 5.5 days per week. We have an in-door WWOOFer facility, with lofts, bunks, shower facility, and camping areas available. We have a couple of very good cooks on site, including a very good Ukrainian cook. We cook a wide variety of dishes, including meat dishes, but if you happen to be vegetarian we can accommodate you. There may be some occasions where you be responsible for cooking some of your own meals but all food will be provided and we have a kitchen available.

Projects

It is difficult to know what you will be working on when you get here, but you can expect to be doing a variety of tasks each week including: working in the greenhouse, working in the vegetable field, working in the orchards, assisting with our local farmersí market activities, taking care of animals, building fences, restoration carpentry, working on our catchment/irrigation system.

Goals

Our goals are to produce the highest quality food with the least negative impact on the environment. An important long term goal is to transform the small family farm into becoming a food contributor to the local community. We are expecting to donate hundreds if not thousands of pounds of food to local food banks this year. In doing so we hope to strengthen the farm both physically and economically to assure its longevity into the future.

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