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Area (ha): 24
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 56838
Region: Midwest

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Last Updated: May 15, 2018

We can host visitors from May-October for general homestead infrastructure work including, gardening, building, firewood etc.

Mission Statement:

We aspire to live simple and healthy lives in a family oriented community setting. Our goal is to reconnect to our means of existence by meeting our needs with land based local economy. We also focus on getting along and character development. We hope to re-cultivate a more meaningful existence for our children than is offered by modern society.

Community Description:

We’re a young family of 5 with 60 acres of forest land surrounded by thousands of acres of wilderness. Another young family of 3 lives in a yurt on the land. We've cleared an acre or two and we're in the process of designing our future permaculture food forest/orchard. So far we've planted over 20 young fruit trees as well as raspberries, blueberries and strawberries among other perennials. We have a 7ftx12ft seed starting greenhouse addition off our house and we have a 13ftx20ft hoophouse. We grow most of our annuals in cedar raised beds we milled and built. We're surrounded by mature maple and mixed boreal forest which is primarily public land. WE DO NOT HAVE A WELL YET (no running water). There's a spring near the center of the property and we catch rainwater off our roof. We're 5 miles as the crow flies from the North Shore of Lake Superior and less than a mile from three small lakes. There are many hiking trails close by including the Superior Hiking Trail. We're 20 miles south of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Some of what we currently do includes building using mostly natural and salvaged materials, log building, permaculture based gardening and planting, clearing land, cutting and chipping wood, making trails, maple syruping and wild ricing, and some hunting. We're 7 miles from town on a good dirt road and then 2 miles up an old rutted logging road only passable with 4×4 vehicles, hence the “Long Haul”. We mostly use a snowmobile for winter access up the 2 mile road which is not plowed or maintained. We eventually plan on doing some road improvement once we have the resources. We have a work party every fall. We're off the grid with wi-fi internet through cell phone towers and solar electricity. We cook and heat with wood. We're happy to host visitors who are self reliant and able to get their basic needs met in a primitive camp setting. We also have opportunities for work trade with meals and lodging provided. We have a tiny insulated guest cabin with a woodstove. We are interested in the possibility of doing a land share and setting up a non-profit co-ownership structure if the right folks came along. The land is paid for and we never ask for money from any visitors. We are open to visitors for any length of stay or level of commitment. Our long term vision is to share the land with 2-8 other households with similar interests. Please check our other websites for more info. Feel free to contact us with any questions and thanks for your interest.

We are open to short term (1-3 days) visitors year round. We have openings for work trade from late April through Early November. Occasionally we might have availability to host helpers in the winter but usually not. We prefer helpers to stay a minimum of 2 weeks but this can be negotiable. We expect 4 hours of work per day 6 days a week in exchange for simple lodging, food and firewood. Work trade hours are negotiable for more independent helpers. Paid labor is occasionally locally available nearby. Please contact us for more details on work trade opportunities.

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