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Unadilla Community Farm

World, North America, USA, Edmeston


Travel dates

23°C, 21:30

About the workproject

We need 10 volunteers

*Immediate availability from now until the end of September.*

We are building an off-the-grid homestead and education center following the principles of organic agriculture and permaculture design. We are situated on 12 acres of field and forest land in the rural hamlet of West Edmeston in the heart of Amish country in central New York.

Interns will gain hands-on experience in organic gardening, natural building, and food preservation. We are seeking interns interested in disconnecting from the mainstream, learning to support ourselves by growing our own organic produce, utilizing natural building methods to construct our barn and dwelling structures, making our own household products like soap and shampoo, reviving traditional agricultural and lifestyle practices, and living in community.

We grow a diversity of annual and perennial vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, and fruits to sustain us throughout the year, and we sell our surplus. Our orchard consists of over 40 varieties of cold-hardy fruit and nut trees and berries. We also forage for wild foods, and raise chickens for eggs. We follow a whole foods, plant-based diet and supplement our produce with organic American-grown grains, beans, and other staples.

We are using natural building methods, as well as local and salvaged materials when possible, to construct our farm’s infrastructure. Our completed projects include a mobile chicken tractor and a self-sufficient tiny home with rainwater harvesting and wood-burning stove. We are in the process of completing a traditional New England timber framed barn on a rammed tire “Earthship” foundation.

Interns will be required to work 6 hours/day, 5 days/week, and participate in tasks such as gardening, landscaping, natural building, food preservation, and firewood. Projects for the 2018 season include: building a stone wall with lime-based mortar, building a ram pump for our spring-fed creek, installing a rainwater catchment and drip irrigation system, and expanding our edible forest garden with additional fruit and nut trees and berries. We offer monthly workshops/classes for our interns throughout the season, such as soap making, lotions and salves, compost building, food preservation 101 (including canning, fermentation, and dehydration), and gourd craft.

Email us for more information and to apply. We are asking our interns to commit to a 1 month minimum stay. We look forward to hearing from you!

About the host

Ben And Greta (33)

Host since



Catalan, English, Spanish

Last seen online

2 Months ago

Ben Tyler is one of the co-founders of Unadilla Community Farm. He is the farm's Natural Building Coordinator, heading up the construction of the barn and other projects. He has years of contemporary and traditional construction experience in North America, Latin America and Europe. He's worked with local governments and NGO's on low-income housing construction; non-profits in housing and sustainable agriculture development; and with private companies in renovation and construction. Ben is certified in Permaculture Design through the British Permaculture Association, and holds a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management.
Greta Zarro is another co-founder of Unadilla Community Farm. She has worked at several organic farms and vegetarian/raw vegan retreat centers, and has a background in environmental community organizing.
Ben & Greta met volunteering at a raw vegan retreat center in Arizona!

Project dates

Work to be done

  • gardening
  • construction
  • farming
  • maintenance tasks
  • eco projects

Expected workhours

  • 6 hours a day
  • 5 days a week

Work exchange deal

  • shared room, camper, tent

Sleeping accommodations include 2 unheated barn loft bedrooms, and 2 large tents on platforms, or you are welcome to pitch your own tent on various tent platforms and camp spots around the property.

We have both indoor and outdoor kitchens, and indoor and outdoor compost toilets. We do not have electricity, and instead use solar lanterns after dark. We use a high-quality, carbon filtration system (the Berkey) to filter rainwater and spring-fed creek water for drinking. Cell phone reception is excellent with Verizon. We don’t have wifi, but we take weekly trips to town to use the internet. At least once a month, we take our interns on off-farm excursions, such as to the Cooperstown Farmers’ Museum, historic Fly Creek Cider Mill, Otsego County Fair, craft fairs, demolition derbies, and off-site natural building workshops.

  • shared meals

We eat all organic vegetarian/vegan meals communally, using our own vegetables, eggs (optional) and purchased organic staples, like grains and beans.

  • no money is involved