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Betty Maynard
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Hello, I'm reposting this because I can't find anyone
Who truly wants to homestead and learn how to live
Off the grid and farm. Everyone seems to just want a summer camp.
So we'll try again to see if anyone is serious. You don't need experience just be willing to learn and try, and be Honest!
We have a farm with trees barn orchard greenhouse gardening areas horses goat sheep chickens and numerous native "animals" the land has never been sprayed or chemically treated in any way(at least not within the past 120yrs!) We would like to "hand down"
our combined farming, wild crafting, horticulture skills and knowledge. Also how to make a living with the farm. We have "permaculture", "off grid" and "hesteading" experience (one of us 83yrs the other 45yrs) we would like long term apprentices to pass down our combined knowledge and save the farmstead from "developers". There are places to stay, but they may seem "rough" by modern standards. There is power and water but not indoors. Our farm is located in western Washington state.
Please excuse the typos and grammer. Computers are not "my thing"
 
Mike Cantrell
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Best of luck, Betty!

I'm posting here not because I'm the person you're looking for (I'm not), but to help you find the right person.

You've given most of the necessary information:
Where you are
What's the living arrangement
Some of what you're offering
Some of what you're expecting


But it jumps out to me that you left out one basic piece that somebody will want to know before they even pick up the telephone: money. I imagine if you were offering to pay somebody, then you'd have said so. So this is an unpaid apprenticeship? Everybody needs a little money, no matter how thoroughly independent you are (even Pa Ingalls bought salt and coffee, right?). So your apprentices will need a city job, too? Or is it something else, like a profit-share arrangement? You mentioned "make a living with the farm," so that suggests you all produce something that you sell, right? There's money coming in to the farm; is your apprentice getting any of that?

I bet if you'll spell that out, you'll be closer to finding who you need! There are probably folks reading this who would be happy to sign up for a tough but rewarding long-term mentorship, but it's a completely different person who's ready to work for a small stipend, versus somebody who wants an ownership stake in a functioning business, versus someone who wants a school-type experience where they're just there to learn and they work someplace else.

Once you clarify which audience you're speaking to, somebody will probably respond!

Best of luck!
 
Betty Maynard
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We would split 49% of the profits for them and 51% of the profits for us. And ownership the same.
 
Dale Hodgins
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Betty, I agree with Mike. I see you've posted a split rate. That's a good start. People need to know where you live, how big the farm is, where they'll be sleeping etc. Some photos would help. I would want to know how much the farm has earned in the past few years or the last time it was in full production. You're offering a big percentage, but of what ? If a portion of the land will be transferred eventually, what is the land worth today. These questions may be a bit invasive, but the better applicants will want details. Good luck.
 
Lexi Taylor
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I would love more information
 
Nathan Jenkins
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Hi Betty,

I really want to homestead and I appreciate that y'all want to pass on your knowledge to others. I sent you a PM and would love to talk further with you about this.

Nathan J
 
Staci Hall
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Hi there, we are a couple looking for exactly what your offering. I have had a lot of farming experience in my life. From raising large and small live stock. My husband is a combat veteran who was a diesel mechanic in the Army. We both have a ton of rebuilding experience and both enjoy nature and living off the land the way nature intended us to. If you are still seeking people please feel free to contact us at (417)621-5724. Thank You and hope to hear from you
 
Samuel Louis
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Betty Maynard

Hi my name is Sam. I'm fresh on the market. Previously having done mostly volunteer work on CSAs, I've recently decided to commit myself to learning the up/downs/ins/outs of organic farming. I'm 24, enthusiastic and determined, though I would really like to discuss what exactly you are looking for to be sure its the right fit. email: sklaclede@aol.com
 
Jon Noel
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This seems like exactly what I am looking for. I am looking for something long term with plenty of opportunities for hands on, hard work learning. Please contact me if you are still looking >> JJNoel12@hotmail.com
 
Dan Hulse
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Hi Betty,

My girlfriend Devin and I have been WWOOFing for the past year and would like to continue working on farms and experiencing new places. We both love the sound of your farm and hope that you're still looking for help. Spring or summer would be a perfect starting time for us and we would be willing to stay for 3 months or more.

I am 25 years old and passionate about permaculture and alternative lifestyles. I'm from West Chester Pennsylvania and WWOOFed for almost 10 months last year in central California and loved it. Both Devin and I worked with garden beds, seedlings, fruit trees (pruning, picking, mulching and weeding), chickens, tractors, property maintenance (fire prevention, ditching, and home repair), and honey bees (making catcher hives, building frames, harvesting honey, mite checking/prevention, feeding, and reducing hives for winter). I also have a residential carpentry certificate from Delaware County Communinty College.

A few questions:
How many hours of work is required?
Is food provided?
How much is the average profit?
Are you close to a town where the could be part time jobs?

Let me know if you would like to have us on your farm. I have plenty of references to provide need be. My email is dnhuls5@gmail.com. Thanks for taking the time to read this!
 
Jenna Sanders
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This is a very intriguing offer. What kind of housing is available? Would room and board be provided or would we need to make our own accommodations? Also, would you be willing to take on a family? Or are you looking only for couples?
My husband and I are In our twenties with three children. We would love to learn more about what you are offering.
 
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