Wild Earth is a 45-acre organic homestead in upstate New York. The land is varied and diverse with rolling meadows, a hardwood forest, swimming pond, small stream, and even an old family cemetery. There is a public beach two miles up the road and thousands of acres of state land for hiking just a short walk from the farm.
We are located in a quiet farming community about four hours north of NYC, close to Ithaca and the Finger Lakes, the Catskills, and the Adirondacks. Recently many Amish families have been moving into our area, revitalizing the area`s farms and businesses. The village of New Berlin is four miles away and has a post office, library, and an excellent cafe.
Your work exchange leaves many hours each day to pursue your own projects and goals. It`s very quiet and mellow here, perfect for artistic, self-entertaining Nature lovers.
We generally start work between 8 and 9 a.m and try to finish up well before lunch. Most days about 2-3 hours work exchange is all that is needed. Flexibility is good!
In addition to the usual suspects: weeding, mulching, planting and harvesting, I really welcome your help with meal prep and firewood gathering. But mostly, you`ll be helping grow the food you're eating.
We usually work five or six days a week but always have a few "light" days and "weather" days to kick back. Your happy, helping hands can really make a big difference! The old adage is true: Many hands make light work.
One week to one month stays seem to be best. Longer visits are also possible depending on how things work out and what`s happening at the moment etc.
I'm always looking to work on my Mandarin (very bad) and Spanish (very rusty). Bring your instrument; there are always a few guitars around as well.
I try to get helpers out into the surrounding countryside so you can get a feel for the local vibe. There`s usually lots of free live music and small festivals happening throughout the summer. We`re in town generally once a week for supplies, pizza, and to see other human beings (!).
Please note that all the food grown here is organic but I do buy some non-organic at the grocery. Also, all meals provided are vegetarian, though you may buy, prep, and eat whatever you like!
You will need a tent and sleeping bag. There's lots of great places to pitch your tent...in the pines, down by the pond, or right on top of the hill. You will also need some light rain gear and shoes that can get wet. I sometimes have an extra tent if needed.
And then there's ... "The Trouse" ...a half-trailer, half-house oddity. It`s a little rough around the edges (Okay, a lot rough!), leans a bit to the south, and reeks of 70`s kitsch, but provides us with a large common room with wifi, couch, chairs, a fully equipped kitchen, sunny deck, and even an outdoor hot shower (the Trouse could use a new coat of paint as well!).
Unfortunately, the Trouse is still sucking up fossil fuels so I encourage everyone to use the composting toilet on the hill and take a good dip in the pond whenever possible.
Folks using public transport should head for Norwich, NY (best) or Oneonta, NY. I can pick you up from either town. Buses leave from Port Authority in NYC.
Also, if you are in the area this summer, please get in touch and arrange for a visit. One of my greatest joys is to share this place with others who have made the decision to live simply and in harmony with Nature. And I`m sure we can find something for you to do!
I'm very sorry but we cannot host folks that are traveling with animals.
Thanks for looking. I look forward to chatting with you!