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Organic Farm Host

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  • DescriptionWe are longtime WWOOF and HelpX hosts with many reviews. We host folks usually from February through November, and need help with a variety of farm tasks. We are a community project devoted to conservation, educational and social outreach (egalitarian, not religious). The farm is located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Of our 105 acres, about 15 acres is “developed”. The remaining acreage is 2nd growth forest, or replant. We have a very lovely wood, with some of the largest trees in the area. The farm also consists of about 1/4 mile of creek frontage as well as acreage on the opposite side of the creek. The front 65 acres was once home to a blueberry farm, and we have nearly an acre of 90+ year old blueberry bushes (trees!). We have a fruit orchard, a sauna, ducks, an old barn, a large organic garden, play area, and other outbuildings. We currently have about 1.5 acres in annual food production. We also have a 1/4th acre forest garden, and a large variety of perennial plants and fruit trees or shrubs scattered around the farm totaling over an acre. Additionally, we have two large commercial greenhouses and ¾ acre of heirloom blueberries which are nearly 100 years old. The farm has a variety of building projects currently underway. One of our members is a Master Builder who has experience in a wide range of construction techniques including post and beam, “green” building, timber frame, and more. You can visit our website at www.finneyfarm.org for more information and photos. Probably our largest program is our Seed Distribution project-we grow, package, and distribute heirloom organic seeds for free to schools, food banks, community gardens, and low income households. Last year we gave 8000 packages of seed!

  • LocationUnited States, Washington, Skagit County, Concrete

  • Work
  • Type of work The work changes seasonally but can include: organic gardening, landscaping, poultry care (no butchering, they are pets with eggs), firewood harvest, building or wood working, food preservation, seed saving/processing/packaging, pruning, cleaning. We occasionally have odd tasks available which have included tutoring (our teen daughter), web assistance, video projects, and more.

    We are looking for a hard worker, who is able to hear and follow instructions with attention to detail. We want someone who is naturally productive in their work, and who is interested in learning more methods to be efficient in all endeavors. We would like someone who places a high value on communication and eschews drama.
  • Hours per day We typically follow a 5 day work week, 6 hours per day, usually with Tuesday/Wednesday as free days. In the heat of the summer, we work a three hour shift in early morning followed by a 5-6 hour break, then another three hour shift later in the day.
  • Work requirements: Please contact us at info@finneyfarm.org and we will send you an info packet and application. We get many more requests than we can fill, but are particularly enjoy hosting international visitors!
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Sporadic openings for 2017
  • Duration of stay: We generally prefer long term folks (2-6 months) but may have space for short term stays as well.
  • Maximum number of helpers: 2
  • Last minute requests: Not okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English
  • Has pets? Sorry--we have our own dogs here who don't generally do well with other dog visitors, so we cannot host anyone with dogs.
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: We have a variety of accommodations which are outlined in the info packet (request at info@finneyfarm.org) but typically host in a bunkhouse, shared or private room in our community house, vintage travel trailer, or shorty schoolbus. We can provide tents if preferred, but we always have indoor accommodations available.
  • Additional info
  • Please visit our website at www.finneyfarm.org. We may also be found on Facebook, WWOOF, and HelpX. Thanks!