guidelines for volunteering @ WAF
What We Offer Volunteers
- Experience learning about sustainable, resilient and reconstructive farming; including wildfoods and medicinals.
- Veggies & eggs from the farm
- Accommodations in our rustic bus-RV, camping with your gear and plenty of parking for car camping or a small rv .
- Weekly video sharing and discussions on relevant farm topics
- Hands-on experience in all aspects of farm practices, including:
• soil husbandry
• seed propagation and transplanting
• no-till vegetable field management
• crop rotation
• cover cropping and green manures
• harvesting and post-harvest handling
• pastured poultry management
What We Expect from You:
– Enthusiasm, open-mindedness and a positive attitude
– Be respectful, responsible, and honest
– Attention to detail and the ability to follow directions closely
– Demonstrated interest in organic agriculture and community engagement
– Helping for the agreed upon hours per day
– No smoking in the house, no butts on the ground.
– Prefer no pets but we are willing to consider each circumstance individually. Absolutely no pets in the house.
– Zero tolerance for violence, hard drugs, drunkeness or illicit behavior.
Wild Art Farm counts on your arrival and may have turned away other volunteers in order to accommodate you. Please let us know as far in advance as possible if your plans change. We would prefer stays of two weeks, or longer if you fit in well! All Visitors must sign our waiver of liability. You are an adult and will be expected to behave as one. Guests may be held responsible for any items damaged due to misuse, neglect, or intentional destruction, and we reserve the right to seek legal remedy. If you currently do not have any medical insurance, may we suggest www.worldnomads.com. By volunteering at Wild Art Farm, you agree to be photographed in images of work and play to be posted on our website. All visitors thru WWOOF, HelpX or Workaway will be given feedback at the respective website.
Upon acceptance for a stay here, when you arrive you will provide us with copies of two forms of Identification: a photo I.D. (such as a driver's license, state i.d., or current passport) plus one other form of Identification.
Accepted volunteers agree to help for a maximum of half a day, between 4-6 hours.
We expect a minimum 24hours per person per week, plus some help with food prep and cleanup.
Work times vary seasonally, based on weather and production cycle. Farm work happens between dawn and dark. Please refrain from cell phone use, text, or emails while you are actually "working". Work will be varied according to interest, ability, and our needs.
Volunteers should indicate any areas of special interest so we can provide opportunities and educational resources to help you learn all that you can during your stay. You should also tell us of any special skills you already have, so that you can have opportunities to practice your existing skill set as well. We teach those who work with us, as well as learn from them, and we appreciate an open exchange of information, knowledge and ideas.
Farm work is often repetitive by nature and very physically demanding. It may include things like planting seedlings, digging holes, mulching and pruning trees, helping with animal chores, clearing brush, clearing debris, mulching beds, weeding, harvesting and preserving food, building infrastructure etc. It is important to be realistic and honest about your past work experience and physical stamina. You must be physically capable of performing farm tasks, including the ability to lift heavy objects, kneel, squat, and/or stoop for extended periods of time. You're going to stay active and get dirty, so you must be in good health and you can not be squeamish. We work in all types of weather conditions, so come prepared for heat, rain, cold etc. according to season.
Volunteers will usually be working along with us. Occasionally you will be asked to work independently, but only after you are comfortably oriented and have been thoroughly instructed on the task at hand. Volunteers must be able to pay attention to detail and follow instructions closely, as well as be receptive to constructive feedback. We will explain the “hows” and “whys” of any given task and we are both; open to new ideas or suggestions and without obligation to change our style for you. If you aren't sure about any aspects of a given task, please ask for clarification, as it is very important to not make costly mistakes or more work for us!
Use of the common areas is a privilege, not a right. Some areas of the house and farm buildings are off-limits. Do not explore or rummage through our things. If you’re in doubt whether something is okay, ASK first. Common areas are the areas to which all visitors have access and are available until an hour after dinner. You will respect our privacy and not intrude on our personal time or space after commons are closed. No more than 1 load of laundry per week per person and no more than 1 load per day. The indoor toilet does not get flushed for #1. NOTHING is to be flushed down the toilet besides toilet paper & poo.
Do not invite anyone onto the property or into the house without prior permission from us. Do not have any mail sent to our address without explicit permission. Use of the house is restricted during work hours. Unplug all chargers, laptops, or other electronic devices when not in use. We have open wifi which you are welcome to use when not working. Common areas are to be kept clean and the bathroom sanitary. Keep your personal belongings in your personal space. When you come into the house please remove your shoes. If your shoes are muddy, remove them outside. Wear clean clothes and no shoes when relaxing after work activities in the house. Do not sit on household furniture if you are sweaty, dirty or smelly. Failure to do so will result in loss of house privileges for purposes other than meals and shower time.
You are expected to provide your own personal care/toiletry items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, Kleenex, detergent, etc), towels, and bedding (sleeping bag, or sheets, blanket, pillow). Please do not use heavily scented body wash, cologne, perfume, etc– and do not apply bug spray or other aerosol products indoors.
We are omnivores, and expect volunteers to eat what we eat or make their own (usually) . A majority of the food we eat comes directly from the farm, so there are frequent vegitarian meals and constant options available for you to prepare vegetarian/vegan dishes. We prepare and serve breakfast between 8-10 a.m. Mid-day breaks vary, based on weather and level of exertion from farm tasks. Dinner happens shortly after dark year round. Meals will be prepared with your help on busy work days. Folks with food allergies/special diets (vegan, gluten free, lactose intolerant, paleo, all-organic/all-natural, etc.) must provide/purchase and prepare their own specialty food. Between-meal-snacks, soda and junk food are not provided, it is up to you to provide your own favorite snacks. The farm is a little over 11 miles to the nearest store of any kind.
Transportation is available to town on a fairly regular basis, but not daily.
Our 40 acre farm is home to many unique species of plants and animals. Respect the farm’s biodiversity by only taking photographs. Do not disturb or handle the native wildlife, and do not disturb or pick the native plants. We have about 3 miles of woodland trails and a swimming / fishing pond for your enjoyment. Leave no trace.
We are accepting of all people who accept all people.
We are highly intolerant of the intolerant, bigots, racists and fanatics of any race, religion or authoritarian ideology.
Failure to follow the our guidelines will result in immediate termination of stay.
We like to host those who appreciate community, solidarity, mutual aid,
self determination, free association and direct action for the common good.