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Roswell
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: Any
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 18699
Region: Southwest

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Last Updated: March 28, 2020

I am an older woman, living on five mostly undeveloped acres just outside Roswell, N.M. (yes, THAT Roswell) who needs help mostly outside, trying to make my property self-sustainable. I'm learning as I go, so trying new things is always fun.

I have just retired from my job and will be traveling the world for the next few years. However, the property still needs caring for and my caretaker, Gary, a HelpXer himself, will be overseeing it and taking over the hosting duties.

Thanks to some marvelous HelpXers in the past, the major (read: really hard) work is done, so now I need folks who can help plant, weed, water and harvest my gardens, as well as feed and care for my two llamas, two goats, duck and dozen or so chickens.

There's still some outdoor cleanup to be done and we both love folks who come up with creative new ideas for my property. (And, if you're into cooking or housekeeping, we won't turn that down either.)

Gary is looking for folks skilled in carpentry (own tools a plus but not necessary) who can help refurbish an old trailer for more helper lodging. Also, anyone with tile experience could help redo the kitchen floor.

And again, creativity and any other skills are always welcome. And the preference is for longer-term helpers (two or more weeks) but we will consider anyone.

This is NOT structured (i.e. 9-5) work. The animals have a daily routine but itís short and simple, and as the growing season progresses, thereís daily work in the yard and garden. But other than that, what you decide to do is up to you. Much of the building/repair is done with scavenged materials and whatís on hand, so inventiveness is definitely encouraged.

Depending on how many folks are here, you'd get a private room (shared bath) in my home, and could work as many or as few hours a day as you'd like. (But you will be required to help with the animals and related chores in order to stay.)

Cooking is a communal project ó at least for dinner ó with breakfast and lunch on your own. Food for the communal dinners is purchased from pooling resources. (And thereís always eggs and the bounty of the garden.)

I discovered this site through Couch Surfing ó and surfers are often here ó and quickly discovered I love meeting folks from around the world.

The only restrictions: no pets (I have two very old cats and one very shy one), firearms or drugs and smokers MUST smoke outdoors only.

Please know this is a dusty desert environment: Clothes/shoes that can withstand cactus and other thorns are a must.

Getting to Roswell can be somewhat difficult ó there are fairly expensive flights from Dallas and Phoenix daily ó and two Greyhounds, but the Grey dog routes are somewhat convoluted. Please make sure you can get to Roswell. We can pick you up from here.

If this sounds good, get in touch and come enjoy the bounty of my gardens and the wonders of southeastern New Mexico!

reviews (25)
Helper: Rebecca Klinger Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: May 7, 2017
I had a great helping experience with Gary at Karen's place. Gary was very fr... view complete review

Helper: Michael Pezzuto Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 8, 2017
Gary was a very accommodating host while I stayed and helped out with the goa... view complete review

Helper: Matthew Trost Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 23, 2016
My first helpx experience and it was great. Karen is an excellent person and ... view complete review

Helper: Nick Ellis Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 4, 2016
Had to cut my stay short, but Karen is a very gracious and caring host. And w... view complete review

Helper: Yuki Isogawa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Japan Date: September 4, 2016
Karen was an awesome host! She picked me up to El Paso because my flight was ... view complete review

Helper: Frances Lawrence Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 17, 2016
I only stayed with Karen for a few days as I passed through New Mexico on my ... view complete review

Helper: Teyen Widdicombe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 4, 2016
Upgrading from my previous review with apologies! I had been sick prior to my... view complete review

Helper: Paige Cox Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 13, 2016
I stayed with Karen for 3 weeks from the middle of December 2015 to the begin... view complete review

Helper: Berger Cristina Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 11, 2015
My daughter and I stayed with Karen almost 6 weeks and we had a great time ! ... view complete review

Helper: Joseph Bear Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 5, 2015
I spent most of August at Karenís house and had a great time. She hadnít had ... view complete review

Helper: Joe and Ellie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 20, 2015
We stayed with Karen for a week and had a wonderful time helping out in the g... view complete review

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Helper: Dane The Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 5, 2015
What a time and place to relax and aim your creative side on the dry New Mexi... view complete review

Helper: Amethyst and Ashtar Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 26, 2014
We stayed with Karen for a few weeks in June and loved it! Her animals are aw... view complete review

Helper: Miia and Janne Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: December 25, 2014
We spend almost month with Karen and it was just plessure for us..Janne did f... view complete review

Helper: David Tonner Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: November 10, 2014
I stayed at Karen's place for a week and her only requirements of me were tha... view complete review

Helper: Brad Fox Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 9, 2014
I spent 5 weeks with Karen. She is really laid back, with her only major requ... view complete review

Helper: Martin Thorley Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 6, 2014
I spent just under a month with Karen and had such an amazing time. The work ... view complete review

Helper: Teyen Widdicombe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 7, 2014
Fun work (if ultimately unsuccessful), was a bit surprised to have to pay for... view complete review

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Helper: Robert and Lisa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 7, 2014
We really enjoyed our week with Karen, the llamas, chickens, ducks and Milky ... view complete review

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Helper: Jackie Martin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 1, 2014
Stayed with Karen for three weeks in March 2014 - had the most amazing time! ... view complete review

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Helper: Claire and Dustin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: March 3, 2014
We just spent a week with Karen and had a wonderful time. We got to hang out... view complete review

Helper: Robert Rodriguez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 18, 2013
Ok.... Where do I begin.... There are SO many positives that I can write abou... view complete review

Helper: William Perkinson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 15, 2013
I had a fantastic time staying with Karen. She has a lovely home overlooking ... view complete review

Helper: Steven and Elizabeth Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 21, 2013
Karen was very welcoming and kind. She's easy-going, fun to talk to, and incr... view complete review

Helper: Jack and Emily Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: January 25, 2013
karen is such a lovely person with a big heart, we had such a good time, and ... view complete review

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