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1. Prepare for the Sugar Maple processing season by building a sugar shack, installing associated evaporator, collect and cut more firewood from brush left behind after last summers logging activity.
2. Build and install a greenhouse and prepare starters for spring planting.
3. Construct some small tiny houses for guests to reside in.
4. Complete our chicken tractor and goat fencing.
5. Prepare for piglets and associated movable living quarters.
6. Prune the many old apple trees that are in desperate need or restoration.
We enjoy the “Joel Salatin” methods of pasturing chickens and livestock and Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening.
If you are interested in organic farming, wild edibles, medicinal plants, kombucha, lacto-fermentation, permaculture, fiddles, contra dance, singing, amazing sunsets, hard work, long days, bee keeping, using a hand scythe, raising chickens, goats, pigs, the "Humanure Handbook", pumping your own water, living off grid, being denied Internet service and television, and appreciate alternative medicine then you will probably fit right in.
If you are expecting this to be a vacation camp with wifi, a flush toilet, TV, little to no work then you need to look elsewhere.
We are serious about work but recognize the need to go fishing, target practicing, hunting, swimming, walking along the ocean beach, singing, and visiting around the camp-fire.
Please note that we are as new to much of this as you probably are and that we will be learning together. Any experience you have will be much appreciated. Thus far we have two years of gardening and in the three years of owning the property have planted raspberries, blueberries, asparagus and a few other perennials. We are currently logging the property in a sustainable way that provides more sunlight for the sugar maples and clears the way for many apple trees that have been overtaken by forest. We have built a 24 X 16 goat/hay barn, made the main cabin livable year round and installed a solar power system.
We are located on a private dirt road ½ mile from a town road. Unity College, a leader is sustainable science, is located nearby. MOFGA's (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) headquarters are located a stones throw away. MOFGA is a valuable resource for organic farmers and gardeners in the state of Maine. The coastal town of Belfast is about 25 minutes to the west of Thorndike and Acadia National Park is located around 75 miles to the North East.
We would love for you to come join us and enjoy fellowshipping and working together, prayer, singing, and Bible study.
Rules and Criteria:
We are a non profit Christian organization and expect those who work with us to respect our Biblical approach to homesteading. Although there is excellent cellular coverage at our location we discourage the addictive use of smart phones for the purpose of incessant social networking and Internet usage. We expect visitors to work enough to warrant three marvelous meals per day. Some of us are unable to eat wheat or dairy so our meals are often without those products. Our sugar intake is very low but we do love dark chocolate. You eat what we eat unless you have food allergies that do not permit you to do so. We have an all organic diet as free from pesticides and Glyphosate (Round Up) as possible. There is an Amish community near by where we purchase raw milk and organic eggs when our chickens stop laying and our goats aren't milking.
Interested in applying? Use our website contact form to provide us with your contact information and we will send you an application.