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Jules Harrell
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Location: upstate NY near MA/VT
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Enclosed is our Wwoofusa profile with previous woofer comments. I would gladly ask any of our previous guests to return to our farm. I stay in touch with most of our previous woofers on facebook to see how their lives are unfolding and to share ours. We are truly a family homestead. We have hosted folks from permies and wwoofusa for six years. We love kids and kind hearted people of all persuasions.

If you are into visiting us, please contact me at: photonicgirl@hotmail.com and we can exchange phone numbers. Please tell me something about yourself when you do send an email. Thank you all for reading.

About Our Farm

Here in the Great Northeast, in a tiny corner of the world, we have a small space where we grow organic food using permaculture, raised beds, llamas for fertilizer, and the many blessings of Gaia, our Great Earth Mother.

OUR little FARM is a homestead and sanctuary. Many plants, animals and insects work together to feed us and our community. We are not a certified organic farm, but we are fully committed to no pesticides or other toxic substances. Our farm is a safe haven to live and learn about nature.

MEALS here are shared and fend for yourself so bring food! If we are making a family meal, which happens on occasion, but not frequently, you will be invited. You are welcome to share our food, and we expect you to also contribute more of the same high quality organic food that we enjoy to the communal household stash.

In other words, woofers with some type of income are highly desirable, as this is a teaching farm, not a room and board situation. We tend to share breakfast and lunch on work days. Breakfast might be a green garden smoothie made in the vitamix and coffee on the pavilion, while lunch might consist of brown rice and lentils.

RIGHT NOW We are open to hosting farm helpers from March through October.   You would be welcome to remain here for longer if you are willing to help us continue with the farm work that has to be done and have a strong desire to learn about new ways of homestead farming. We have 80 acres in VT that we are also working and can use some assistance with building trails. We are still learning about the ecosystem there.

PLEASE expect me to ask you to mail or email copies of your passport and driver’s license and references should you wish to come visit us and become a potential woofer. So far our woofers worked out beautifully; they did not hesitate to provide ID and references. If this is something that you are not willing to do, we understand, and we wish you the best of luck with another farm.
I am primarily looking for people who are interested in learning about raised bed micro-farming, herbology, soil building, ecosystem health, bee keeping and working with llamas and horses. If you have building skills, and can run a chainsaw, that is always a big help.

Ideal folks would be two people who wish to stay in the barn loft, help tend the gardens and animals, and go outside and play when we are not working.
Your children are welcome here depending on the situation. We have hosted two moms with children in the past. We will want to talk in greater detail as sometimes children fit in, other times they do not, depending on their age, ability and behavior.

We believe in learning together, so children visiting with their parents are always a possibility. We happily hosted a farm helper and her two year old daughter one year for five months, while the next summer we hosted a farm intern who has a full time job and a golden retriever. Anything is possible.

Please be willing to put in some occasional hard work with us cutting wood, shoveling, hauling hay, building fences, moving soil, and working in the greenhouses and forest.  There’s a LOT to do during the growing season, and our style of gardening is all raised beds with cattle panel trellises. You’ll like the ease of both planting, weeding and harvesting produce.

Farm work commitment is 25 hours per week. We count on your help to get things done. Your true commitment with a willingness to work on the honor system to the Farm Sanctuary is vital.
We have a big bright loft for overnight comfort. The loft is private, and allows a pleasant blend of both outdoor and indoor times. There’s a big fire pit outside the barn, near the house for sitting round the fire at night. We also have a brightly lit outdoor composting kybo toilet that is a wonderful sanctuary. You will love it, I hear it’s the main attraction of our farm for some woofers. We hope to build an outdoor solar shower to accompany the outdoor stove that is currently on the property. Our goal is to provide 100% for woofers in their own space.

We have a vast library and much information to share. We make our own herbal tinctures, liniments and fermented veggies. If you’d like to learn more about herbal remedies and other ways to be healthy, this is a great opportunity. It’s a free place to live in exchange for a learning opportunity about maintaining a small micro-farm and of course, bountiful veggies and strawberries too.
We are beekeepers, so if you are allergic to bees, this may not be the right place for you. I am Kripalu focused, with Iyengar 200 hour yoga teacher certified and practice a lot of yoga as you can imagine. I am certified to teach Breath Body Mind yoga for trauma. I am completing my 500 hour yoga teacher training at Kripalu.

Since we are a non-commercial and small scale family micro farm, the work here is fairly chill except when we are doing something serious like moving a bunch of hay right before a rain storm, or harvesting and canning produce. There are two dogs, five cats, four llamas, three horses, and three bee hives to care for, beds to build, plants to tend, and plenty of time to also go outside and play.
I do mean play, by the way. We have rivers to run, lakes to paddle, cliffs to climb, trails to hike. If you have a mountain bike, so much the better. Road biking can include Vermont, New York and Mass in a nice loop from our farm. Work can be strenuous at times, such as when we are hauling dirt from the farmer and building raised beds. Mostly we are relaxed. We occasionally build trails, cut down trees and haul wood.

For recreation, we have built several miles of trails here in the woods for mountain biking and hiking, plus we are on the border of state and national wildlife sanctuaries and parkland.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: You will need a vehicle to woof here with us as there’s no public transportation available. You will also need your own income as this is a non commercial homestead.
We collaborate with our local friends and have an extended community of people who help us, as we help them.

Please only contact us if you are sincere about wanting to live, learn, work and share a small homestead microfarm.

In case you are wondering, cigarettes, alcohol and drugs are discouraged here at our sanctuary. We are a great launching site for those who are ready to embrace the homesteading life. Also, we are queer bi transgender friendly. In fact. we love diversity!
Thank you so much.
Jules

Woofer comments below:

shkrobes51

"I arrived at the farm not really knowing what to expect, but it ended up being a real life changing experience for me! Jules and Jerome were all around great hosts ,showing me what living a sustainable lifestyle was all about. Jules really got me up to speed with weeding and building the soil in a garden, as well as how to interact with the horses and lamas she cares for. I felt great energy being around her and the land, as she spends her time doing so much for the world, and that really inspires me. Jerome was also very friendly, and it enjoyed learning about his martial arts practice as well as his views on psychology. I was asked to work 5 hours a day weeding the garden and stacking firewood. Later on it was more so shoveling and placing lama poop/clearing the trails nearby. It was tiring, but also very meditative work. Living in the barn loft made everything even better, it was cozy/rustic and I couldn’t get enough of hearing all the nature that surrounded me and looking up to the night sky to see a blanket of stars. I hope to return someday"
September 2016
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CaseyMorganRose

"This beautiful homestead is nestled up a long rocky driveway surrounded by abundant tall trees and an ecosystem of forest creatures. The energy here is truly out of this world. Jules is a powerful woman with so many stories to share about her winding character building life path and experiences that have molded her into the inspiring woman she is today. A woman of strong will power, a yogi, outdoor sports extraordinaire, homesteading powerhouse and animal lover. She makes things happen and her power to manifest and get work done is abundantly magical. During my month long stay my chores consisted of hauling hay, weeding, strawberry harvesting (yum!), Helping feed the horses Mama and Zoey, Help care for the dogs, cats, and llamas. Baby Jack ( the newest part of the llama fam) was born during my stay. We took turns bottle feeding him when his sassy mama Princess was in the process of taking him on as her own. I learned a lot about the personalities of llamas and how to care for them accordingly. Jules welcomed me into her family and welcomed me into her friends, family and community and I will forever be grateful. So much love"
January 2016
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credellfamilytravels

"Jules and Jerome welcomed me and my son, who's 10, with open arms. The mutual respect of land, animals and humans creates a life cycle that benefits all who enters. Fending for yourself means they work away from home, but you have the entire garden at your disposal. We have also had nice meals together, Jerome being an excellent cook. I'm here in the fall so there wasn't the spring veggies, but there was an abundance of leafy greens, squash, garlic galore, grapes and even tomatoes that have come back stronger and for a longer time....because they like it here. They are very understanding of my son, respecting his curiosities but also have firm, but fair rules that keep their animals and people safe. She is a tough mama that has been through a lot so she is a humanitarian at heart and love to help people where they are and encourage them to be their best. I've learned so much about the care and respect of animals and gardening. The barn loft is beautiful and clean. There is a composting toilet that doesn't smell of waste. It was a joy to be here and meet her community. Will Return."
October 2015


JoelGellis26

"I volunteered at this little farmstead for a week this past winter. I would have stayed longer if circumstance had allowed. Jules was a gracious host, providing me with a choice of accommodation and making sure I felt at home. Because it was winter, My work responsibilities revolved mainly around animal care. There were three llamas, a horse, and several cats and dogs. There are also raised bed gardens, at least one acre in total, which require lots of attention from March-November. Jules was not too demanding, asking for only 5 hours of work, 5 days a week. That being said, there was always more to be done in case I got bored. But that's not what makes this place special. She calls it a sanctuary, and that's a fitting title for this cozy piece of land. This is a place of healing and growth. Her vast library includes everything from alternative medicine to Jerome's sci-fi collection. It was hard to pry myself from the library at times. There's so much to learn and experience here that I could easily see the right person staying enraptured for many months. This is a loving environment, and Jules will treat you as one of the family, truly. She is open-minded, intelligent, gnarly, and motherly. Her knowledge of spirituality and health is contagious, and you are certain to absorb some wisdom by staying here. Jerome also made me feel at home. Although he was at work most of the day, and we had limited contact, he proved easy going, funny, and an excellent conversationalist. Oh, and if you're into outdoor exploration, look no further. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, etc. It can all be found here. It was a lovely experience. Would recommend."
March 2015
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