We are searching for a person or couple to move here in the spring of 2016 to help us raise pasture raised pigs, do orchard and land maintenance, take care of chickens, train our farm dog, build tiny houses, plant & harvest a vegetable garden, etc. We would be very happy to have someone with farm experience but are willing to consider people new to farming. We really are looking for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who would like to start, run and maintain an on farm enterprise. There are many possibilities, from mushroom inoculation, to wild foraging for saleable goods, to selling herbs or hydrosols, starting a CSA, etc. We want your imagination and desire to create to inform some of the projects here.
We currently have a heated and air conditioned older RV for housing. We intend to build tiny houses or cabins as places for farm workers/communitarians to live. The main community house is 2,300 square feet with two bathrooms designed to share with a small grouping of as yet unbuilt tiny houses. The kitchen, dining and large living room are designed for many. We live in two rooms upstairs in the main house.
We are offering a thirty hour work week of on farm labor in exchange for room and board. If you would like to work an additional 10 hours a week we will offer a monthly stipend. If you would rather start an enterprise, we can support the beginning of a project and perhaps purchase some supplies needed for a project.
We, Jonathan and Tizzy, are beginning farmers who are blessed to have 78 acres of beautiful land in central Iowa. We have 16 acres of hay field, 2 natural streams, hills, deep gullies and two different ages of large, wild forests. We have been working for 8 years on our dream of building a home and creating a permaculture farm. The house is *mostly* done, and we moved to the farm March 31, 2015. Since then we have planted a 200 tree organic fruit orchard, built a woodworkshop and a chicken tractor. We have also raised a small herd of pasture raised, organically fed pigs. We have plans to create a cooperative intentional community of farmers, artists and entrepreneurs on our land.