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Blue hill
All Year: May-Sept
Area (ha): 50
Persons: Several
Category: Other
Host ID: 98485
Region: New England

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Last Updated: March 13, 2020

We are reclaiming an old field to plant a food forest and need help peeling spruce and pine poles for use in some of our primitive / natural building projects. We are building a circular thatched hut, wattle and daud outdoor kitchen and an earthlodge for infrastructure. All of which need lots of poles! The way in which we clear land emphasizes interconnected systems and utilizing all parts of the trees as a way to honor and create a deeper relationship to them. We make water tight folded bark baskets out of pine bark or use them for roof shingles, cut mulch logs for long term nutrient release for tree in the food forest, burn smaller brush to alkalize the soil, use ideal sections of trees for firewood, peel poles for building, use the peeled bark for tanning hides, feed our goats and rabbits with some of the bark and branches, pollard hardwoods for winter animal forage and re-mineralizing food forest gardens, etc. Some other projects we may need help with are gardening, cobbing some of our existing buildings, collecting seaweed for the gardens, and weaving wattle walls on the outdoor kitchen. Our style integrates permaculture principles with indigenous ways of tending land, and also uses modern technology to further or connection to nature and to save our bodies from having to do so much physical labor.

Accommodation is a campsite, an outhouse and a simple outdoor kitchen with rocket stoves or fire pit for cooking. Your welcome to bring a camp stove if you prefer. We do not supply food or cook for you. & You may or may not be sharing the camping area with other campers and sometimes workshop participants who are attending our primitive skills workshops.

We are a mile away from a beautiful sandy cove and 5 miles from downtown Blue Hill. Blue hill community is very active and there is always a wide variety of events and activities to attend. There are also many thousands of acres of nature preserves around the Blue Hill Peninsula and we are only a 40-minute drive to Acadia National Park. We want folks who are independent and don't expect to spend a lot of time with us outside of work exchange hours as we are focused on land related projects everyday.

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