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All Year: May to October
Area (ha): 20
Persons: 1 to 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 5956
Region: Midwest

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Last Updated: July 31, 2019

The farm is comprised of 20 acres with a large organic vegetable garden. About 10 acres are reserved for hay making to feed the dairy goats, alpacas, horses and rabbits. chickens also live on the farm.

The farm is involved with agritourism and offers classes on the farm. One house on the farm is used as a Bed & Breakfast and classroom. An ongoing project is working to save the endangered Butternut tree from extinction. The farm has about 50 butternut trees on it.

helpers would learn many types of work; gardening, composting, soil fertility, natural weed control, greenhouse building, tree planting, fence building, harvesting and preserving food from the garden by drying and home processing, seed collecting, animal care and fiber processing. Flower & herb garden renovations, growing a wide variety of vegetables, small fruits and cut flowers, which are sold at farmers markets & local restaurants. There is an orchard with several varieties of apples, cherries & pears. Also Blueberries and strawberries.

Longer-term projects: build a storage/drying shed, greenhouse, woodshed & goat stalls. Garden work consists of planting, weeding, harvesting, applying manure composts, building raised beds and compost bins, making compost teas, collecting leaves. Other work cutting trees, removing brush, chopping firewood, renovating an old barn into an apartment and building an earthen outdoor wood fired oven for bread and pizza baking.

Volunteers stay in the BnB house. Rooms have bunk beds, and can be shared or a private room can be requested. Breakfast is on your own with food provided. Lunch & dinner are provided & prepared but volunteers help with preparations & clean-up.

No smoking or drinking allowed at any time.

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