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Springfield
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 20
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 11510
Region: Midwest

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Last Updated: November 2, 2019

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Our Farm is a 20 acre peri- urban organic farm 4 miles north of Springfield, in southwest Missouri. We have a diverse operation, including pigs, chickens, turkeys, a 6,000 s.f. greenhouse, 5,000 s.f. of solar heated hoop houses, 5 acres of vegetables, a beginning orchard, forest, ponds, a small aquaponics system, vermicomposting, etc. on our 20 acres. The farm is managed organically, meaning we focus on soil health, using compost, cover crops, and manure as our primary fertility sources, and avoid the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Our farm is located close enough to a metropolitan area that we get to host many tours a year, from beginning farmers to preschools, and education is a big part of the reason we do what we do. We believe that its important for eaters to re-connect with the source of their food, and thats what were here for. We sell our produce through our 75 member Community Supported Agriculture program, three grocery stores (Mama Jeans and Homegrown Food), an on-farm market, and Farmers Market of the Ozarks. We have a large family with 10 kids,5 of them biological and 5 of them adopted through foster care.

Community is also a big part of what we do here on the farm; at any given time we have at least 3 families living on the farm,and we hope in the future to have at least 4 families in full-time residency. In addition to these permenant residents, we host a number of guest workers and volunteers through the season, including WWOOFers from all over the world, interns and apprentices, and daily volunteers from the Springfield metro area.

Pizza Thursdays, we built a wood-fired pizza oven and every Thursday we gather our community together for farm fun and pizza. Always a good time, and great food!

We are currently working on many projects involving working along side us in the field to harvest vegetables for a 75 member CSA and several farmers markets, along with seeding, transplanting, weeding and pest control. Animal care including feeding, watering, fencing, butchering (poultry) and record keeping. Construction and tractor work to include construction of a hoop house, field renovation, cutting firewood, clearing trees, and animal housing. Marketing including our CSA (community supported agriculture) program, our on-farm produce stand and bedding plants, and several farmers markets a week. A Tiny House is currently under construction including "green" building techniques. And are always working on high tunnels, low tunnels or green houses.

We have a number of housing situations, long-term apprentice housing is in the Stuga, a small cabin with full facilities, near the main farm house. Summer housing is in the Chateau, a two bedroom shack in the woods, with no electricity or running water; kitchen and bath facilities are rustic. Breakfast and supper are on your own, with full access to the farm house pantry, freezers, etc. Lunch is provided at the farm house, eating with our farm community. On occasion helpers have stayed with us in the house, in hammock in the woods, in a tent or even in a travel trailer. There is a shower in the greenhouse for our farm help, and a communal kitchen.

Couples and families are welcome, depending on housing availability.

We take helpxers or WWOOFers year round, and love having you stay, learn and work. We have learned so much from our helpers, it is a delight to think back at all the wonderful people we have gotten to know through this. We can pick you up, locally at the greyhound, or we have had a few hitch hikers which we have picked up where ever they had gotten dropped off. Our longest woofer was with us for about 2 years, and the shortest stay has been a few days, we find that 2 weeks, gives you a chance to really understand what we are doing here, but hey we are flexible, and before we farmed, loved to travel, now we love that the world comes to us through our helpers! We speak English. There is a cave that give tours within walking distance, a couple of lakes, we have been known to take volunteers with us and you get to experience life in the Ozarks with the Millsap's. We have a bike available if you want to ride around. If you need a special diet, please let us know before you come and we will try and accommodate. The number of helpers at a time depends of housing, but we love hosting you, and love what you bring to our family and community.

Apprenticeships or internships are also a possibility

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