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Johnstown
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 250
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 6374
Region: Midwest

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Last Updated: March 26, 2020

The mission of our farm is to teach people how to be healthy through good nutrition, exercise, relationships, and a healthy lifestyle. We also provide healthy food for our customers and show them how to prepare it. We have a large garden and small CSA, we make maple syrup, we grow corn, soybeans, wheat, spelt and hay and we raise chickens for eggs, and grass-fed beef. We have a sawmill and make our own lumber. We have lots of events including maple sugaring open house, mushroom hunts, and fall festivals. We do other special events including hayrides, retreats, and weddings. We have finished our cabin at the lake and it is open for visitors and events. We love to have volunteers and some resist leaving because of the atmosphere. Send us an email. Hope to hear from you. My photos are mostly with former helpxers, I appear with the bull and pitchfork.

We also have a campground around our lake with four campsites. We are members of hipcamp that operates like an air B&B for campers. We hosted many happy campers last year and look forward to more this year. Helpers are encouraged to assist with this activity.

By the way, we have two horses that do not get enough work.

Here are some things you will learn through experience as a helper at the Flying J Farm, in February how to make maple syrup, how to make biodiesel fuel, how to saw logs into lumber, how to grow vegetables organically, how to sell at farm markets, how to drive a stick-shift tractor, how to live sustainably, and many more.

Pictures below include our lake with the off grid cabin built entirely with lumber from the farm and constructed with great assistance from helpxers.

In February and March, we are making maple syrup and starting and caring for plants in the greenhouse and pruning. In April we will start working the garden, planting and transplanting. Love to have your help.

Helpers are expected to prepare their own food from scratch. I will provide the ingredients.

We enjoy helpers from around the world. To date we have hosted 81 helpers from 20 different countries.

reviews (20)
Helper: Xinyun and Yuhan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 22, 2019
We had a wonderful week in the flying j farm! Richard is a really good and en... view complete review

Helper: Fangyuan Dong Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 29, 2018
It has been a week since I left Richard's farm, but it is as if happened yest... view complete review

Helper: Hunter Eldridge Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 1, 2017
I'm writing this review VERY late; It's something I've been meaning to do, bu... view complete review

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Helper: Anastasia Efanova Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Russia Date: August 12, 2017
Two weeks here were amazing! The work wasn't hard, vegetables (especially tom... view complete review

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Helper: Redmund and Agata Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: South Africa Date: July 1, 2017
We had a great time here with Richard, his helper Willow, and Ruby the dog. D... view complete review

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Helper: Chan Gao Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 29, 2016
Richard is a very nice guy. His farm is beautiful and peaceful .it has two h... view complete review

Helper: Yanzhe Guo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 4, 2016
It is my first Helpx tour, and it is wonderful. I stay with Richard in Flying... view complete review

Helper: Daniela Grote Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: December 27, 2015
I stayed with Richard for 3 weeks in october. It was my first helpx stay so I... view complete review

Helper: Ashley Hawkins Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 16, 2015
I helped here for 2 months and could not have asked for a better experience. ... view complete review

Helper: Nathan Crain Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 2, 2015
I stayed with Richard for a full month and loved my visit there. This was my ... view complete review

Helper: Kaori watanabe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Japan Date: May 3, 2015
I stayed here for a full month of April. It was a really pleasure staying & ... view complete review

Helper: Anna Vogel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: August 17, 2014
I stayed about 5 weeks on Dick's farm in wintertime. He could host me last Mi... view complete review

Helper: Seina Okagaki Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Japan Date: June 21, 2014
I spent 5 weeks for staying with Richard, and he was so kind and flexible tha... view complete review

Helper: Claire Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: June 2, 2014
I could not brag about this place enough. I has the most wonderful experience... view complete review

Helper: Chiao-lin TSENG Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: October 26, 2013
This my first helpX experience, I have to say it is awesome! I never learned... view complete review

Helper: Lorelle Williams Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: October 21, 2012
Dick is a true gentleman. I learnt so much about myself. I enjoyed harvesting... view complete review

Helper: Tish Piwowarek Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 26, 2012
I requested to come here for the Maple Syrup season in March 2012, and had th... view complete review

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Helper: Linda Rooke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: March 13, 2011
I stayed with Dick for 2 weeks in November 2010. My first visit to Ohio and i... view complete review

Helper: Scott Swaaley Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 15, 2010
I spent 4 days with with Dick in September of 2010 and I'm still kicking myse... view complete review

Helper: Cassandra Dunn Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: January 18, 2010
I had a great summer here. The farm is on an absolutely beautiful piece of l... view complete review

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