Hello everyone, finally decided that it was time to put out this request. We purchased 10 acres of forestland in N Idaho(~30 miles from Canada) and are in the process of developing it into a self sustaining homestead/farm. Currently it is just myself, my partner and 3 yr old daughter. There are an abundance of projects, possibilities, and dreams that we have. However, time and labor are limited and that is why a volunteer would be helpful. Right now most of our focus is on developing our food systems. Projects underway are land clearing, fencing, orchard planting, greenhouse construction, garden development, and developing infrastructure for more animals. We already have a couple of smaller garden areas, small greenhouse for starts(new one will be 20'x60'), and a flock of ducks. Our property already had a well, cabin, and solar system setup on it already, we are totally of the grid. Our location is at 2300', in the mountains but on a level piece of land.
So basically we are looking for a wwoof type arrangement, you help out some and we provide organic meals, a place to stay and an opportunity to learn and create with us. We believe in food as our medicine and eat really well. The current lodging situation is camping(tent or bring your own home on wheels). Our cabin is very open and affords no privacy so that's why we aren't offering a room in the cabin(there aren't any available!). I am considering getting a nice full-sized canvas wall tent with a stove and floor for volunteers, but I am not sure if I can financially swing it at this moment in time. Of course you would have access to the kitchen, hot showers, and Internet in the cabin. What are we looking for in a volunteer? You don't have to have any specific skills, but if you do that is a definite bonus. The ability to be self directed and want to pitch in on the workload is what I desire in a volunteer. We are openminded people and we value freedom. That being said, I believe that a volunteer situation should be totally free will. We don't need a time commitment, although it would be nice to have someone stay for a stretch. We are also open to couples or a small family. If you are interested or just want more info, send me a PM or post here and I will get back to you. Thanks for looking!
I saw this post and thought I'd send you a useful link. If you're looking for a good tent at a good price, consider a military surplus tent. Check out armytents.com for a great selection of high quality tents. A little rocket mass heater would probably make one liveable all year, similar to Paul's tipi set up. I hope it helps.
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I see that this was posted quite a while ago. If there is any chance you'd still want someone to help out on your farm I'd be pretty interested, I'm graduating from college here soon and have some experience farming (grew up on a dairy farm and have worked on some vegetable farms as well). I'm hoping to some day have a permaculture style farm and would be eager to get some experience.
Hope to maybe hear from you.