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All Year: March 1-October 5
Area (ha):
Persons: 1 - 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 51633
Region: Alaska

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Last Updated: December 31, 2019

UPDATE: Looking for a housekeeper for the season or anytime between April 1st thru Sept 30th for a small 800 sq ft rental, a cottage, and our home. Room & Board with a stipend. Plenty of folks in area will pay for your services in your off hours.

I am a small plant nursery located on the historic boardwalk of beautiful Seldovia, Alaska off the Kenai Peninsula. We are a remote village accessable only by boat or air. I raise the majority of my plants from seed and use no chemical pesticides or herbicides. I also manage several public gardens in town and my own garden in which I grow many vegetables. I am looking for volunteers March-October for any length of stay. Help with greenhouse growing, processing new merchandise for the shop, gardening, weeding, watering, planting, cooking, and running the shop would all be appreciated. As I have a small cottage and suite for rent, I also need help with household tasks such as cleaning and ironing. I am especially in need of help March 1st through June. If you like to ski, March is great! Six hours of work is expected per day with Sundays off. You would learn about a wide variety of plants, and I can teach you some gourmet cooking techniques. In your free-time you can enjoy kayaking, hiking, beaches, fishing for halibut and salmon, and mountain biking all within walking distance. You may have your own room and bathroom depending on other helpers. Camping is also available if you prefer. This is one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit. Our community hosts lots of fun activities, we have an active arts community, many classes, and outdoor opportunities. Check us out at

March Germinating seeds, transplanting seedlings to 4 packs, heat & move into the greenhouse, transplanting perennial plugs to pots, potting up tubers & bulbs from last fall, processing merchandise for opening shop May 1st.

April Germinating seeds, transplanting seedlings, tending the greenhouse, begin garden clean up, pinching back seedlings, potting up hanging baskets, clean up potting area & prepare shop for opening May 1st

May Thyme gift shop opens May 1st, watering & fertilizing greenhouse, transplanting, planting of deck planters, veggie garden, community gardens, pinching transplants, crazy busy

June Watering & fertilizing greenhouse and all plantings, continued planting, transplanting 4 cells up, weeding, deadheading, crazy busy

July Watering & fertilizing everything, staking, weeding, transplanting, removing seed pods, deadheading, berry picking.

Aug Watering everything, weeding, staking, seed pod removal & collecting, deadheading, perennial planting, wild blueberries are ripe.

September Watering, weeding, seed removal & collecting, garden clean up, garden harvested, leftover perennials to bed for winter, greenhouses cleaned, shop inventory, closing down business and home for the season, mushroom harvesting, crazy busy.

reviews (4)
Helper: Brandon Blount Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 31, 2019
Suzie and Jerry are some of the best people I know. My stay with them was a v... view complete review

Helper: Pru Mendez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 12, 2018
Adding to my prior review, I strongly recommend this opportunity to anyone wh... view complete review

Helper: Pru Mendez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 2, 2017
Be ready to work your tail off, and in return you will learn lots about gard... view complete review

Helper: Dorothy and Robert Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: May 29, 2017
Our first HelpX experience was with Suzie and Thyme on the Boardwalk from mid... view complete review

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