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Russell
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 350 acres
Persons: 3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 47021
Region: New England

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Last Updated: February 10, 2020

Update-We’re offering campers and Help-xers the opportunity to gain hands on experience with building alternative structures and organic gardening in addition to a variety of other projects from now and into into this coming spring. Currently we're working on-

-House sitting(bird feeding, plant watering, fire tending, snow shoveling, cleaning)
-Construction(tiny house interior work)
-Logging(directional tree felling, skidding, safe chainsaw use and TSI techniques)
-hospitality(orienting campers/customers)
-winter greenhouse work

Follow the link to check out the farms newly cleared camp sites https://www.google.com/search?q=Moss+Hill+Farm&ludocid=12305313885782028464&lsig=AB86z5UTvtjOPshkHfBJlxDDrXfD

The farm grows organic vegetables, fruit and timber for local markets. We currently use about 3 acres for organic gardening and leave the vast majority forested. My retired parents(who move to their summer home in Canada for the warmer months) and I, share a passion for the development of permacultural farming methods partly in order that guests, campers etc. can learn the skills for building healthy soil and sustainable farming practices. We’re always open to new ideas and the “why don’t we” input. This farm is a group effort and we love to learn from the creative folks who visit us!

A day on the farm often starts around 8:30, taking a siesta around mid day and resuming in the afternoon. Most days involve garden work, and some fence work or light carpentry/wood work. While we provide all meals, we often have a community meal each week and sometimes invite folks to take a break from farm work and prepare a dish of their choice for all to share and enjoy.

In the evenings we sometimes like to swim at Black Brook, enjoy a local beer or maybe read one of a number of books from the farm library. When it’s raining we try to find things to work on indoors-maybe a woodworking project or fermenting Sauerkraut. The property abuts Blandford State Forest which we sometimes visit to identify and harvest wild edibles. If you’re getting here on public transit the bus/train station in Springfield, MA. is a convenient meeting point.

Monday-Tuesday are typically free and we encourage WWOOFers to explore the hill towns. We’re a half-mile walk from the center of town, a 15 minute drive from the nearest grocery store in Westfield which we make at least once a day. You’re welcome to bring your own vehicle but could easily get by just fine riding one of the bikes or carpooling with one of us. Northampton is a college town, 30 minutes drive to the north and has a healthy, live music scene. You’re welcome to bring your own camper, use our guest camper, or use one of the tents and platforms. WiFi is available.

In addition to daily garden and animal tending, we have a few larger projects to tackle including-
-build new, off grid guest accommodations(Tiny House)
-build a new farm stand from scratch using lumber milled on the property
-Build a spring fed solar shower
-design and install a “Micro-Hydro” Electricity generation system on a large brook under the supervision of an expert
-build  a 2.5 mile Mt. bike trail for public use
-Timber Stand Improvement(Opportunity for helping manage forest health)

Please be courteous and polite.  We’ve welcomed visitors for years and we’re very easy going. We’d love to meet you!
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Rules & Criteria
Please be prepared to help out for 20 hrs/week – hours and days are flexible.
If you’re interested in farming with us, include a description of what you hope to learn and why in your message.
Perhaps you’re interested in sharing meals and preparation that’s beautiful! If not, there’s a separate kitchen and eating space available. We are omnivores but often eat vegetarian meals and we’ll happily accommodate vegetarians or vegans without judgment.

reviews (4)
Helper: Zachary Baillie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 21, 2019
Staying at this farm was one of the best experiences a help-xer could hope fo... view complete review

Helper: Thomas Mosakowski Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 8, 2017
I visited the first time as a helpXer (10/16); the second time, as a friend (... view complete review

Helper: Job N. Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 29, 2016
I spent three weeks at this farm this past July/August. My initial plan was t... view complete review

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Helper: Elie GOBIN Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 30, 2016
I spent two weeks with Jed and Bruce, and I recommand this place if you like ... view complete review

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