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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 42
Persons: 2-4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 41091
Region: West

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Last Updated: January 26, 2020

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 season. We have hosted many HelpX folks as well as helpers from WWOOF and have many reviews. Please contact us and we will be happy to send more info!

We are a community devoted to conservation, educational and social outreach-as such, your education will be vast and varied. In addition to a season of organic/biodynamic gardening education (see description below for details), you may also have the opportunity to study: natural building; food preservation (canning, drying, fermentation); conservation practices (riparian planting etc); wildcrafting and native plant ID; pruning; poultry care; permaculture design, layout, implementation; homesteading skills (landscaping, wood harvest, off grid water systems, etc); crafts (soapmaking, brewing and vinting, woodworking, sewing, any fiber related craft like spinning, dyeing, knitting, weaving, and more); herbalism; events management; seed saving/processing/packaging; CSA and produce marketing, and much more. We also do a lot of fun things here-there are several large festivals/gatherings planned (music and educational) and plenty of social gatherings, events, parties, creek swimming, hiking, and more.

We are very near the North Cascades National Park as well as the Mount Baker National Park. The farm is about 45 minutes from Mount Vernon (nearest train station), an hour from Bellingham, and about 90 min from Seattle or Vancouver BC. There is a local bus stop in walking distance, and many opportunities to catch a ride to the nearest train/Greyhound station for city adventures. We typically follow a 5 day on/two day off work schedule although that does vary with the weather. We can work with your schedule if you would like to work longer days in order to have more days off per week. There are many opportunities locally for hiking and other adventures.

We are looking for a hard worker, who is able to hear and follow instructions with attention to detail. We want someone who is naturally productive in their work, and who is interested in learning more methods to be efficient in all endeavors. We would like someone who places a high value on communication and eschews drama. We also like to have fun! We have hosted so many amazing folks!

Accommodations vary. We can always offer tent space or provide a tent but are always able to offer other housing (cabin, room in community house, converted school bus, or trailer). We built a bunkhouse to host folks last summer and this will be the most likely accommodation in 2017. WWOOFErs and HelpXers have access to their own pantry and cooking area, with several shared community meals each week. We regret that we cannot host folks with dogs.

In general we ask for 30 hours of labor per week. We have a wide range of work opportunities available and will try to match interest with activities when possible. We can offer transportation to and from the train or bus station for pick-up and drop-off. We can accommodate many dietary issues, as many of our members are vegan/gluten free. Our farm and community consists of 5 private households and a community house (which has private bedrooms upstairs). This is particularly helpful for visitors who might feel more comfortable using community space rather than sharing private living quarters. At the community house, there is a living room, kitchen, traditional bathtub/shower/composting toilet. Alternative options include sauna, solar camp shower, heating water for an outdoor tub, sponge baths, creek bathing. We also have a washer available, a sauna, a community office and themed library (homesteading, herbalism, gardening, permaculture, environmental studies, anarchism etc), and more.

We have some ongoing building projects for helpers who have some experience with construction.

We may have some hours available each week for someone with interest/experience in tutoring at the high school level.

reviews (2)
Helper: Adam Price Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 29, 2016
Phenomenal host. The food available was plentiful and full of variety, the wo... view complete review

Helper: Zoe Temple Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 16, 2016
I worked with the Finney Farm for 6 weeks this past fall. My experience there... view complete review

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