We are also listed as a host farm on http://www.wwoofusa.org
We love people of different nationalities and colors, and are a gay-friendly farm. Viva la difference!
Albany, NY, Bennington, VT, and Western MA are all nearby, which means there's fun to be had in this area. Our central location allows us a rich variety of exciting opportunities, such as visting the Grafton Peace Pagoda, taking yoga classes at Kripalu, and purchasing yummy veggies at the Honest Weight Food Coop in Albany. You can take in a film at the Sanctuary for Indendent Media in Troy, work for a bike at the Troy Bike Rescue collective, see a concert in Troy or Albany, visit Tanglewood in Lenox, or just head down to New Lebanon for the farmer's market.
We are four hours from Montreal, and three hours from both NYC and Boston. The Gunks are only 1.5 hours away if you like to climb. With a lake on every corner, and several rivers close by, kayaking and sailing are just a short drive away. Yet, our farm is in a quiet place, up a long dirt driveway, with 3 miles of mountain behind us. Beautiful mountain streams and lots of public land come together in this place we call home. Bears, foxes, wild turkeys, bobcats, eagles, and even mountain lions live here with us.
OUR little FARM is a homestead and sanctuary. Many plants, animals
and insects work together to feed us and our community. We are not a
certified organic farm, but we are fully committed to no pesticides or
other toxic substances. Our farm is a safe haven to live and learn about
MEALS here mostly fend for yourself so bring food! If we are making a
family meal, which happens on occasion, but not frequently, you will be
invited. You are welcome to share our food, and we expect you to also
contribute more of the same high quality organic food that we enjoy to
the communal household stash. In other words, interns with some type of
income are highly desirable, as this is a teaching farm, not a room and
RIGHT NOW we have traveling woofers who visit short term. You would
be welcome to remain here for up to a month (or longer) if you are willing to help
us continue with the farm work that has to be done and have a strong
desire to learn about new ways of homestead farming. We have land in VT
that we are also working and can use some assistance with building
trails. We are still learning about the ecosystem there.
PLEASE expect me to ask you to mail or email copies of your passport
and driver's license and references should you wish to come visit us
and become a potential woofer. So far our woofers worked out
beautifully; they did not hesitate to provide ID and references. If this
is something that you are not willing to do, we understand, and we wish
you the best of luck with another farm.
I am primarily looking for people who are interested in learning
about raised bed micro-farming, herbology, soil building, ecosystem
health, bee keeping and working with llamas. Ideal folks
would be two people who wish to stay in the insulated barn loft, help tend the
gardens and animals, and go outside and play when we are not working.
Your children are welcome here depending on the situation. We will
want to talk in greater detail as sometimes children fit in, other times
they do not, depending on their age, ability and behavior. We believe
in learning together, so children visiting with their parents are always
Please be willing to put in some occasional hard work with us
cutting wood, shoveling, hauling hay, building fences, moving soil, and
also share in the housework if you use our house. We now have a small greenhouse and a larger greenhouse, which is a huge help here in the northeast mountains. There's a LOT to do during the growing
season, and our style of gardening is all raised beds with cattle panel
trellises. You'll like the ease of both planting, weeding and
We have a nice barn with a loft for overnight comfort, it allows a
pleasant blend of both outdoor and indoor times. There's a big fire pit
outside the barn, near the house for sitting round the fire at night. We
also have a brightly lit outdoor composting kybo toilet that is a
wonderful sanctuary. You will love it, I hear it's the main attraction
of our farm for some woofers.
The pavilion provides yet another space to hang out, work on veggies, and just read a book.
We have a vast library and much information to share. We make our
own herbal tinctures, liniments and fermented veggies. If you'd like to
learn more about herbal remedies and other ways to be healthy, this is a
great opportunity. It's a free place to live in exchange for a learning
opportunity about maintaining a small micro-farm and of course,
bountiful veggies and strawberries too.
We are beekeepers, so if you are allergic to bees, this may not be
the right place for you. I am becoming yoga teacher certified and
practice a lot of yoga. I also teach three classes
per week, one here on the farm, and am certified to teach Breath Body
Mind yoga for trauma.
Since we are a non-commercial and small scale family micro farm, the
work here is fairly chill except when we are doing something serious
like moving a bunch of hay right before a rain storm, or harvesting and
canning produce. There are two dogs, five cats, five llamas and two bee
hives to care for, beds to build, plants to tend, and plenty of time to
also go outside and play.
I do mean play, by the way. We have rivers to run, lakes to paddle,
cliffs to climb, trails to hike. If you have a mountain bike or road bike, so much
the better. Road biking can include Vermont, New York and Mass in a nice
loop from our farm. Work can be strenuous at times, such as when we are
hauling dirt from the farmer and building raised beds. Mostly we are
relaxed. We occasionally build trails, cut down trees and haul wood.
For recreation, we have built several miles of trails here in the
woods for mountain biking and hiking, plus we are on the border of state
and national wildlife sanctuaries and parkland.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: You will need a vehicle to intern here with us as
there's no public transportation available. You will also need your own
income as this is more of a learning space than a straight out farm. We
collaborate with our local friends and have an extended community of
people who help us, as we help them.
Please only contact us if you are sincere about wanting to live, learn, work and share a small homestead microfarm.
This past summer and winter we have hosted several interns already, and are still
open to hosting a few sincere folks with references and vehicles. In
case you are wondering, cigarettes, alcohol and drugs are discouraged
here at our sanctuary.
Thank you so much.
Om Shanti, Shanti Shanti.