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Jules Harrell
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Location: upstate NY near MA/VT
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Hi everyone. It's soon to be deep January here in upstate NY but we still have kale growing in the garden. The snow came and went, now it's a thaw. We have three llamas, a horse, five cats, two dogs and a bunch of bees here on our homestead farm. I'm looking to start developing our land in VT (80 mountain acres with five streams). First plan is to extend the trails and build a hunting lodge, which wont increase our tax base. We have a tipi that could be erected as base camp for intrepid adventurous outdoors folks. If you have goats that's even better because the south facing 30 acres which could be farmed someday is covered in goat friendly brush. MMMM good.

Here in civilization, we have a huge getting bigger by the minute organic raised bed garden along with two greenhouses. See this article in Countryside News about the smaller version: http://www.countrysidemag.com/articles/build-a-cattle-panel-hoop-house/ which I wrote a few years ago.

What I'm hoping for this year, after four years of hosting farm interns who come in April and leave in September, is a couple of really hardy folks who'd like to stay on with us. We have a beautiful loft that's available, separate from the house, and with a little effort, it could be comfy year round. Right now there's a hot woodstove up there and lots of light. Email me for pics.

If you and your partner are interested in knowing more about what we do here in Cherry Plain, drop me a line. As with all our wwoofers and interns, we ask for photo ID and references before we schedule a visit. This is our private home. We do not sell anything nor do we charge rent for help. However, we do expect that you have your own wheels and some sort of income so that you can continue whatever lifestyle you were living before coming to us. I'm a big fan of recreating, and since we are surrounded by beautiful lakes and mountains, you'l have time to go out and play. Albany/Troy are nearbye, so you can meet other really cool folks. The Berkshires are closer than Albany, and if you are in the mood for yoga, Kripalu has an awesome program that I belong to....should you turn out to be really an integral part of the family, over time, you might be able to build a place on our land. Depends on you.

Drop me a line. I'm expecting this year to get the usual notes from wwoofers once I start posting in the spring, and I'm very open to just having seasonal folks coming through. Keep in mind that the biggest farm work happens from March through November. I'll be out there digging in the dirt moving horse and llama poop soon enough. Come on and join us. I can promise that you will work hard at times, and have an enjoyable summer.

Want to learn about herbal tinctures, alternative animal care, and how to grow gingeric? Just ask

Jules
 
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