I have been wwoofing/interning/laboring/volunteering on farms/gardens in the States since 2013, and while I now have a general idea of where I'd like to live (Northern NY/VT), I'm looking for a place for the winter, preferably covering rent with labor. I'm a dual US-Cdn citizen and theoretically could go anywhere in North America. I'd be happy to tell you more personally about my work experience and am always eager to learn more about plants, fungi and building/carpentry (if I had to choose just 3 topics ). I enjoy simple accommodations and love to cook and ferment things. It is my long-term hope to collaborate on a piece of land and build a diverse food forest.
Please be in touch if you're looking for help this winter
Hi Claire, Talking Rock Farm/Coweeta Heritage Center is looking for longer term volunteers and new members. I am located in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Opportunities this winter include helping with building an earth bermed house (stacked block/living roof/solar/radiant floor), and winter gardening (greens,etc). I have a guest trailer for volunteers to stay in. Located near Franklin, NC. My phone number is 828-369-0231. Email me at email@example.com. Look for me on IC.org under Coweeta Heritage Center. Also www.coweetaheritagecenter.com and www.facebook.com/coweetaheritagecenter. Best, Paul
For the time being I've found a good situation in Northern California. I will be sure to update if anything changes!
This winter I'll still be focusing my time on finding a longer-term partnership in northeastern New York State, or Northern Vermont.
Good food is important to me and I expect foraging and the cultivation of healing and edible herbs and other plants/fungi to be among my responsibilities in this partnership, as well as time in the kitchen preparing ferments and other value-added products! Please let me know if you think I'd be a good fit on a particular farm/homestead/piece of land!
HI Claire, Glad you found a place in Calif. Yes, I think food is very important and the basis for a lot of what I do here. I've done some shitaki logs and foraged for wild mushrooms here. Making ferments is definitely something I'd like to see happen here. Your skills and knowledge are very valuable to any community. Since I'm just starting out here, maybe this is a little premature to have someone just focused on this area. I like how you describe your relationship to a community as a partnership. Communities need a variety of folks with different skills and expertise. I've heard that some communities will accept new members based (only) on there skills/knowledge. Best wishes to you and your future! Come visit if you are in the area.