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Quinn Trejo
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Hi all, I'm 24, hard working, intelligent, and very ready and willing to learn and work. I have no agricultural experience other than small scale home gardening, but I learn quickly and work hard as I already said. I live in Michigan currently, but I am willing to travel far if necessary. I am very passionate about sustainable living and permaculture and have been relentlessly working my way through whatever literature I can lay my hands on, but nothing beats real-world experience and getting your hands dirty. If you need labor and are willing to train and teach me I guarantee you will not be disappointed, I have a good work ethic and am not a quitter. I have few financial resources available to me, so I would prefer a work-to-stay arrangement, or something similar. Thank you for reading and please get in touch - Q.S.T
 
Matu Collins
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I am a WWOOF-USA farm but I don't take on long term help. Many WWOOF farms do, I suggest you join here.
If you find yourself in New England and want to come learn with us for the short term (one month or less) let me know and I'll send you our application. We do enjoy hosting eager permies. We have a small mature orchard, a maturing experimental permaculture design process with garden, and some good sized projects on the horizon.
 
Quinn Trejo
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Thanks for your response, I had heard of WWOOF but I was under the impression it was mostly short term. I will definitely look into it further if there are long term opportunities. I think that there is value to and definitely a place for short-term, but I think true understanding and insight is gained best with long term immersion and observation which is why I am seeking a longer stay.
 
Matu Collins
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Different farms have different ways of doing things, I know many have helpers who stay for a season or two and some keep the best wwoofers on as interns. Best of luck!
 
Kate Michaud
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Could certainly use a hand up here Quinn.

Border policies being what they are, you'd have to check back into the States every 90 days, before being allowed back into Canada. So you could have at the very least a 90 experience.

What are you interested in learning?

Homesteading, animal husbandry, milk a goat then make cheese, mucking out the livestock barn and then make compost for the garden?
Living indoors, or in a Tee pee, building an outdoor mud kitchen, key hole gardens, building small garden ponds?
Harvest rain water.
Do you want to learn how to get your supper from down in the barn?
How about the all time favorite, Haying!
Gathering wild crab apples to make jelly, then processing 10 gallons of squash soup.

Knowing what interests you would help a lot.

Cheers! K
 
Quinn Trejo
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I'm interested in learning... pretty much everything everything about homesteading and permaculture. My motivation for seeking knowledge in these areas is because I have been working and struggling to make a way for myself but the only future I can see along those lines is working for someone else my whole life just to survive, without being able to guarantee a future for myself or my descendants. Discovering permaculture has given me a great inspiration and hope, and I want to learn everything I can to prepare myself for when I can get land of my own and make these dreams a reality. I am particularly interested in animal husbandry and living and farming sustainably. Coming from a position of "hands-on ignorance" like I am, it's hard to pinpoint specific skills to prioritize because I'm interested in them all. Everything you've mentioned sounds good to me. Where are you at in Ontario?
 
Kate Michaud
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I sent you a PM

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John Lewis Morgan
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Quinn,

There are a lot of interesting possibilities and opportunities here on my properties. Plenty of room to work, grow, collaborate, or develop your own enterprise from my resource base.
http://www.permies.com/t/39671/WWOOF-organic-farm-volunteers-interns/Live-permaculture-helpers-wanted-WV
jnau12@hotmail.com

john
 
Laura Jean Wilde
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Quinn
We are looking for help and vision Long term www.wildeturtleisland.ca Purple moosage me or shoot me an email ( ljlwilde@gmail.com ) if you are still available and interested.
 
Mary Johnson
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I'm looking for some beginning permaculture farmers who seek mentoring and the opportunity to try out their own business in a supported homestead environment. I'm co-founder of Terra Genesis International, and teach permaculture at Greenfield Community College in western Massachusetts. Have you found what you are looking for yet?


> Permaculture homesteading and business mentoring opportunity -Searching for 4 special talented caring people.
> We are searching for 4 individuals with an interest in collaborative homesteading or developing their own earth based regenerative business. The opportunity comes with the option of some consistent professional mentoring. Home/Landowner is offering a farming/permaculture business mentoring situation on a 6 acre homestead in Ashfield. Cost for the on-site residential option is $450/month but you keep all that you earn from your business to help offset this cost.
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> Applications are due Nov 15th. Send brief letter of interest stating why you are interested along with your resume to mejinwesternmass@gmail.com. There are 4 residential positions available, and participants will live together in a communal household and manage the 6 acres while working on developing their own permaculture/farm business with assistance from the landowner and the other participants. Non-residential participation is also possible.

The optional coaching can include business plan development, Holistic Management'TM, advanced topics in permaculture, marketing and hosting an onsite Permaculture Design Certificate course, as well as PDC teaching experience.

We are searching especially for someone with a passion for regenerative livestock rearing and beekeeping (have a FlowHive coming this month), someone who has experience and interest in culinary arts/value added products and medicinal plants, someone with gifts in marketing, farm based tourism and education. Also open to other innovative creative entrepreneurs with other interests.

People from diverse backgrounds and traditionally under represented groups highly welcomed.

> See photos and past experience on www.permacultureglobal.org -search for wrcinashfield and on Facebook at Watershed Resource Consultants.
http://wrcinashfield.wordpress.com

> > http://www.wethetrees.com an online crowd funding website for permaculture projects, and people needing help raising funds to take a permaculture design course, internship or project.
 
Coralee Palmer
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