Hello, I'm reposting this because I can't find anyone
Who truly wants to homestead and learn how to live
Off the grid and farm. Everyone seems to just want a summer camp.
So we'll try again to see if anyone is serious. You don't need experience just be willing to learn and try, and be Honest!
We have a farm with trees barn orchard greenhousegardening areas horses goat sheep chickens and numerous native "animals" the land has never been sprayed or chemically treated in any way(at least not within the past 120yrs!) We would like to "hand down"
our combined farming, wild crafting, horticulture skills and knowledge. Also how to make a living with the farm. We have "permaculture", "off grid" and "hesteading" experience (one of us 83yrs the other 45yrs) we would like long term apprentices to pass down our combined knowledge and save the farmstead from "developers". There are places to stay, but they may seem "rough" by modern standards. There is power and water but not indoors. Our farm is located in western Washington state.
Please excuse the typos and grammer. Computers are not "my thing"
I'm posting here not because I'm the person you're looking for (I'm not), but to help you find the right person.
You've given most of the necessary information:
Where you are
What's the living arrangement
Some of what you're offering
Some of what you're expecting
But it jumps out to me that you left out one basic piece that somebody will want to know before they even pick up the telephone: money. I imagine if you were offering to pay somebody, then you'd have said so. So this is an unpaid apprenticeship? Everybody needs a little money, no matter how thoroughly independent you are (even Pa Ingalls bought salt and coffee, right?). So your apprentices will need a city job, too? Or is it something else, like a profit-share arrangement? You mentioned "make a living with the farm," so that suggests you all produce something that you sell, right? There's money coming in to the farm; is your apprentice getting any of that?
I bet if you'll spell that out, you'll be closer to finding who you need! There are probably folks reading this who would be happy to sign up for a tough but rewarding long-term mentorship, but it's a completely different person who's ready to work for a small stipend, versus somebody who wants an ownership stake in a functioning business, versus someone who wants a school-type experience where they're just there to learn and they work someplace else.
Once you clarify which audience you're speaking to, somebody will probably respond!
Betty, I agree with Mike. I see you've posted a split rate. That's a good start. People need to know where you live, how big the farm is, where they'll be sleeping etc. Some photos would help. I would want to know how much the farm has earned in the past few years or the last time it was in full production. You're offering a big percentage, but of what ? If a portion of the land will be transferred eventually, what is the land worth today. These questions may be a bit invasive, but the better applicants will want details. Good luck.
Hi there, we are a couple looking for exactly what your offering. I have had a lot of farming experience in my life. From raising large and small live stock. My husband is a combat veteran who was a diesel mechanic in the Army. We both have a ton of rebuilding experience and both enjoy nature and living off the land the way nature intended us to. If you are still seeking people please feel free to contact us at (417)621-5724. Thank You and hope to hear from you
Hi my name is Sam. I'm fresh on the market. Previously having done mostly volunteer work on CSAs, I've recently decided to commit myself to learning the up/downs/ins/outs of organic farming. I'm 24, enthusiastic and determined, though I would really like to discuss what exactly you are looking for to be sure its the right fit. email: email@example.com
This seems like exactly what I am looking for. I am looking for something long term with plenty of opportunities for hands on, hard work learning. Please contact me if you are still looking >> JJNoel12@hotmail.com
My girlfriend Devin and I have been WWOOFing for the past year and would like to continue working on farms and experiencing new places. We both love the sound of your farm and hope that you're still looking for help. Spring or summer would be a perfect starting time for us and we would be willing to stay for 3 months or more.
I am 25 years old and passionate about permaculture and alternative lifestyles. I'm from West Chester Pennsylvania and WWOOFed for almost 10 months last year in central California and loved it. Both Devin and I worked with garden beds, seedlings, fruit trees (pruning, picking, mulching and weeding), chickens, tractors, property maintenance (fire prevention, ditching, and home repair), and honey bees (making catcher hives, building frames, harvesting honey, mite checking/prevention, feeding, and reducing hives for winter). I also have a residential carpentry certificate from Delaware County Communinty College.
A few questions:
How many hours of work is required?
Is food provided?
How much is the average profit?
Are you close to a town where the could be part time jobs?
Let me know if you would like to have us on your farm. I have plenty of references to provide need be. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for taking the time to read this!
This is a very intriguing offer. What kind of housing is available? Would room and board be provided or would we need to make our own accommodations? Also, would you be willing to take on a family? Or are you looking only for couples?
My husband and I are In our twenties with three children. We would love to learn more about what you are offering.
“The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.” Robert Louis Stevenson
This is definitely interesting to me! I have been traveling the U.S. in my campervan for about a year now. I would LOVE the opportunity to learn how to homestead! One day, I want to have one of my own, so I'd definitely stay until I learn all the ins and outs, which I imagine would take a good chunk of time.
I don't currently have experience, but I am a fast learner and hard worker.
I do have a 55 lb lab mix who would have to come with me though!
Are you guys still looking for help? I’m a 22 year old male built very strong with a super strong back. I have wanted to homestead ever since my dad showed me the ways of outdoor living, and I am now fed up with mainstream America and it is time I learn how to be self sustainable. I am an avid outdoorsman with many working skills, please consider me. I am looking for a new home, and my life needs a change.
Unfortunately the OP did not include any contact information. Ive noticed this happens frequently. If they do not use computers much they might not ever one back. Please include a email address. Thanks
Betty my name is Chris Reagan I would love to Homestead and stay permanently I don't want to leave I'm serious like no joking like I want to really live in the mountains woods and sedra if you still need help on your harm Homestead I'm very strong very smart I know how to farm I know how to turn the animals I know how to operate tractors backhoes track hoes dozers Bobcats pretty-much any heavy machinery I would love to help and earned my place of living in the woods on your homestead for my work and return please contact me at 719-259-8941 or email@example.com
Hello! It’s very difficult to reply when I am this excited! I am the man for the job! 32 years old, 6’4” 200lbs vegetarian, I have a intense work ethic and when I want something done I make energy appear out of thin air! I believe in perseverance and calmness, peace of mind, so that solutions flow like water. I have a electrical engineering degree, I can make the entire thing run off-grid! My latest researches have been find water veins and manually drilling wells, building gravity pumps, irrigation, grafting, composting.