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Bill Stanfield
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I'll provide more information, should you be interested, in a PM or email.

Up front, I'm 24 years old and looking to gain some experience homesteading. I'm looking for any type of manual labor, and am looking to work long hours. The only compensation
I need is room and board. I will be available around April-May 2013 onward and prefer to work within the United States.
 
Dale Hodgins
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Bill, don't agree to anything long term without payment. As your skills improve, you should get some return for your efforts. A share cropping situation might work. I have areas that are not producing anything and would gladly have someone use it for a 25% share for me and 75% for them. Permaculture is the only field I'm familiar with where some people don't expect a living wage. When people help me build, they will be paying their rent into the future.
 
Jose Reymondez
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I have unused land that I'd be happy to let someone use free, hell i have unused land that I would let people have free. Just to have a permie neighbor and ally.
 
Bill Stanfield
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Where at?

I'm not in the habit of accepting things for free, so I'd have to pay you somehow, but a neighbor who is so generous would be a big plus.
 
Jose Reymondez
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I'm in Northwestern Spain, I'm Spanish-American but now I live here. Yeah, people have a hard time believing I don't want anything for the land but there are 10 hectares/25 acres inherited from my grandparents and more than I can handle on my own.

I wouldn't be someone to learn from though, I'm no expert.
 
Bill Stanfield
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I'm looking to build an underground house, the mike oehler style, and would like to eventually be able to be fully self sufficient. I need some experience with that type of living though so I don't die.
 
Jose Reymondez
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Yeah I also want to build that kind of house in to a mountainside we have here. Currently Im in my Grandparents' traditional stone house but there are too many relatives that pass through for my taste plus its big and gets no light from the south side and would need like 5 rocket stoves to heat in winter in a permaculture fashion. So I want something smaller and more energy efficient.
 
Bill Stanfield
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Haha, the very reason we make plans in the first place!

Honestly though, anybody who is generous enough to be willing to give me the opportunity to learn anything about homesteading will be helping me work towards my dream.
 
Ellen Schwab
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If you are interested in learning on a small farm in SE Ohio, give me a shout. I have cattle, sheep, chickens and pigs. Large garden. 740-343-3255. I could use a hand, and we could start some projects so you could make a buck or two.

Ellen
 
Bill Stanfield
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Ellen Schwab wrote:If you are interested in learning on a small farm in SE Ohio, give me a shout. I have cattle, sheep, chickens and pigs. Large garden. 740-343-3255. I could use a hand, and we could start some projects so you could make a buck or two.

Ellen



Will do!

 
Lonnie Caldwell
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Bill I am in SW Idaho on 3.5 acres building hugelkultur beds pasturing chickens and turkeys got goats, cattle and intending to make this place a permaculture Homestead and farm. on Facebook under Won Love Farm email is wonlovefarm@gmail.com money will come as we get this place pumping. There is a very nice community of like minded folks your age who are building a food hub and permaculture co-op, I think you would fit in nicely. Contact me if this interests you.
 
Lacy VanCam
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Hi Bill
Is Canada off the table? My hubby and I are in the planning stages (soon to be the development stage) of creating a food forest on Pelee Island where we will grow food and make an income from eco-tourism. If you are interested in a "from the ground up" type project let me know. We are looking for people to help.
 
Bill Stanfield
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Sorry this is so late, I've been away from the internet for a few weeks. I just wanted to thank everyone for the responses, I literally have more opportunities to check out than I know what to do with. How many people are saying that these days? I think most folks aren't too much interested in manual labor though.


 
Dee Smiles
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Jose

If you would like permie neighbours earth guardians alike on your land then we're here!!
Food forest fetish Moringa obsessed!
Are you still looking for brothers and sisters?
D x
 
Chris Newton
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Here is a link to our project in NW Michigan. Looking for extra help starting up this season. Many projects on the table to learn from. Check it out here;

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cornerstone-homestead-alliance/

Or send me an email, newtonbashirov@gmail.com. Feel free to contact further for more information or to schedule a time to come. Thanks, good luck!
 
Dave Zoller
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Howdy Bill,


I'd imagine you've found yourself a spot by now given your drive. we have an opening both at our property and at our business, the details are below. Good luck, -Dave

This is the copy and paste part:

us:
two folks, Holly and Dave, with three babies. a three year old and two infant twins. We have land, we have space and we have gainful employment. what we don't have is time.
between twin babies and a sustainable landscaping business that just tripled in size our property is...getting mowed, and that's about it. which seems like a shame.

What we are offering:
room and board*
paid labor at a living wage**
engaging farm work***
a good time****

* initially you will be staying in the front room here :
https://www.facebook.com/valleyhillgeneralstore/photos_stream
yup, that's right a genuine 1887 general store. We are building dedicated intern housing but for now you'll have to suffice with 10 ft tall windows and walls covered with antiques.

we'll provide plenty of food, but as we have small children the caveat on the board part of room and board is that it'd be good if you could share in with the cooking.

** I have a sustainable landscaping business it's here:
https://www.facebook.com/victorygardensofkentucky
and here:
http://www.victorygardensofkentucky.com/

and it's a really good year to be be gainfully employed playing in the dirt. we can fit just about any skill set into the schedule so I can assure you one day a week but if it something you excel at we can find more hours.

*** We're on 12 or so acres, with a barn, creek and a slope bedecked with hugulkultur berms (these https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150859142691721&set=a.10150859130936721.395205.711371720&type=3&theater) . Our focus for the next year is prepping for a massive tree planting in the spring. orchard fruit on the hugulkultur slope and natives on the steeper slope and the creek banks. Additionally we are in the process of setting up a nursery to supply the landscaping business.

**** i really like our valley. for instance these are our nearest neighbors http://ourfarmky.wordpress.com/ . Albert who's house you can almost see from here is a professional potter who is always happy to have folks over and a further bike ride is a two other families on our road.
we're a potlucking sort. additionally if you'd like to try your hand at homebrewing, we have a fairly large set up. if you enjoy hiking there's 900 acres attached to our farm with the largest private lake in washington county included.we have canoes and it's a short drive to the salt river. if you'd like to go tubing cartwright creek is a fine waterway after a rain. We also have the lincoln branch which is best for regular creek dipping.

What we are looking for:
A few extra hands*
folks that are good with (or at least don't mind) small children**

* there is a tremendous amount of work to do and it is clearly defined ( I run crews for a living so you don't have to worry about being board sitting around waiting for me to make up my mind). While we would still like to meet you if you don't have a strong work ethic, you probably won't see much of us.

** cause we've got a lot of them.
 
Fred Allen
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Would you be intereted in helping to remediate a 4th generation family homestead farm that had gotten off track and is now being restored to a sustainable and organic path? We actually have two original homesteads that are connected. We will be doing restorative health steps for the farmland, forestry and pasture plus working to restore a water system and add a wind turbine this year. I have mechanical and building type skills and don't mind passing them along to willing learners.
Best wishes.

In SEC ND

Fred
 
steve barker
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Summer/Fall Apprentice Opportunity Clear Water Sanctuary A cooperative Permaculture Homestead 20 miles northwest of Olympia WA
An apprentice would experience natural building including earth, cordwood and roundwood construction, reciprocating roofs, integrated greenhouses, barn-building and portable animal shelters, plasters and various earth recipes, off-grid water and energy systems, no-till forest gardening methods, pole-fencing, wild-crafting and a lot more. This will be a well-rounded and intensive learning experience in the sustainable arts. This needs to be a good match both ways. It’s a great opportunity for just the right folks wanting to learn a lot in a short time…by intensive hands-on experience. Here’s what we have to offer: besides the mentorship* (please see to learn more about the mentor) in Permaculture and natural building, a LOT of homestead skills will be in use and taught along the way. We can also offer to share an old-style farmhouse on a 100 acre cattle ranch nearby, complete with electricity, phone, clean hot & cold water, full kitchen and even a small hot tub we can set up. The ranch has a beautiful river that flows by. There’s also camping on Clear Water Sanctuary land, 25 acres of forest in-holding with a large clear, cold, creek that runs through. There’s room for 2-4 folks. The exchange covers the places to stay, a few bulk food staples, and intensive mentorship. Apprentices need to cover most of their own food and basic needs. This can be seen as a great deal because many students are paying lots of money to learn these skills in places that are more established. For a hearty soul eager to deepen their Permaculture design experience and broaden their natural building horizons, this could be a golden opportunity. If interested please contact clearwatersanctuary@yahoo.com 0r try calling 360-249-3166

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directory.ic.org/23389/Clear_Water_Sanctuary
 
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