All Year: All year starting now
Area (ha): 91
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 46616
Region: New England
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Last Updated: September 6, 2018
We r a small creative farm/homestead on a large forested property in beginning stages of start up. This year we will b clearing land for building an event stage, as well as for planting orchards and berries. We r creating secluded campsites, group camping facilities and creative secluded hermitages out in our forest. We will need help with building and planting as well as various other tasks. Projects include:animal fencing and shelters, off grid cabins and camp sites, a stage, farm production kitchen, out houses, camp furniture, raised beds, tipi site, volunteer housing, out door kitchen and bathhouse, trail clearing, mushroom log innoculation, plant propagation, animal care, cooking, gardening, pruning, and so much more...we have 225 acres of mostly new growth forest that we r selectively editing for maple syrup production and opening spectacular views. There is a vast network of trails to explore.
We own a portable saw mill that we use to saw boards for building and selling. We r begining the fun and creative part of our project. Having just finished restoring the old buildings for rentals, we now can be very creative building the vacation/hermitage sites. There r also many possibilities for cottage industry here and we're open to long term stays as part of our small but growing community. We welcome creative, innovative, self reliant minded folks.
Our educational back grounds are in fine art and plant science. Thanks to a very generous and unexpected grant we received last year, we now have a vast collection of tools and equipment for creating our vision. Our small angora goat herd will multiply this spring and we should have 3-6 baby goats. We also have ducks, chickens, peacocks, horses a milk calf and soon mini donkeys. We r vegetarians and do not raise any animals for slaughter and do not allow it on the property, there is also no hunting allowed.
We welcome cooks! I would love to share the tasks around meal production and daily food prep like bread baking, kombucha brewing, and various fermentation projects with others. I insist on high quality foods that can't b bought outside very easily, but I want more time outside the kitchen, building and planting.
This is a list of the projects we are involved in and would like volunteers to help out with or simply just take on:
1. Creating more campsites and developing and marking and mapping the trail system. This is ongoing and one of the Favorite volunteer tasks of last summer.
2. Tipi and yurt site: We would like to build another out house, outdoor camp kitchen/cooking area and general outside seating/gathering space. Lots of room for creativity.
3. Outdoor kitchen and bath house at WWOOFer/volunteer camp site: we would like to develop an area of the farm near the garden and houses that can be Wwoofer/volunteer camp. We would like to create an outdoor kitchen, a bath house, a gathering space, and small camping structures for sleeping. There is water and minimal power at that site. Lots of possibilities.
4. Garden/plants: veggie garden, greens garden, green house, water garden, raised beds, propagation projects, pruning, grafting, planting, harvesting, storing.
5. Fences/gates: to keep animals in and out and enhance landscape features.
6. Cordwood cabins: we have started one cabin and will finish that this winter. We intend to build more cabins but will decide on techniques after concluding this one.
7. Cooking/kitchen chores:brewing kombucha and fermented sodas, baking bread, making fermented sauces, etc. plus cooking meals for everyone. And doing dishes...
8. Animal tending: taking care of goats, ducks and chickens, peacocks and a milk calf...
9. Logging and milling assistance: there is a lot of labor involved in sawing boards and stacking them properly to dry. We need help with several parts of this process.
10. Maple syrup: Feb-March, 1-2 months of intensive sap collection and boiling down to syrup. there is tons of work to do to improve our existing system and we will be thinning our maple groves and then running hoses for sap collection this year. We also need to clear a trail into the main collection area and build a 'sugar shack', which I'd like to fashion after the quintessential fairy tale 'Ginger Bread House'.
11. Furniture making/sculpting: we r making furniture out of the wood scraps from our logging and sawing work. This will all b one of a kind hand sculpted pieces. We need help constructing and finishing the pieces. Some will b used to furnish onsite cabins/camp sites. Others will b for sale.
12. Fibers: we shear our angora goats and process the fiber by hand. We wash, dye, spin, weave and knit the fiber.
13. Shiitake Mushroom logs: in Spring we harvest oak logs for mushroom inoculation and need help drilling holes and putting plugs in, then sealing them with wax and stacking out in forest. This will start in March. In summer and fall we shock the logs to fruit and then harvest the mushrooms and sell them at a farmers market it dehydrate them to store.
14: goat playground: We have a wonderful one now, but it needs some repair and additions as our herd has expanded.
15. Mushroom lab: we grow oyster mushrooms and Lionís Mane on grain and sawdust blocks that we make here in our lab.
16. Cabins: we r building a number of creative off grid camping cabins. Will need help with labor on all aspects. Creative input is welcome...
17. Wild mushroom harvesting and putting up. Our north facing naturally terraced mountain is quite abundant in wild mushrooms spring, summer and fall. All bring considerable harvests of rieshi, maitake, chanterelle, black trumpets, chicken of the woods. This is our 'meat'. We can teach you about hunting, harvesting, and preparing. They r delicious! And so fun to find!
18. The event stage: clearing land, designing site and structure. Building stage for music festivals, weddings,
At present our volunteer accommodations r a motorhome, a screen in gazebo, tents in summer and our renovated loft space in our barn is heated with Woodstove and is very cozy. We have bunk beds to sleep 6. The motorhome has power, gas and water hook up, although at present there is just electric. The motorhome is not warm in winter, so we only use it in warmer weather. We have an out door Shower that we mostly use in summer. While it's cold we share our indoor facilities with volunteers, as well as our kitchen and eating area. We r open to long term volunteers creating their own camp site/dwelling.
So come on down, join in and help us out!