Live and Work at Earthaven

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Live and Work at Earthaven positions are by arrangement with various hosts—Earthaven members who are working on their site development, buildings, businesses, or gardens. Positions are arranged privately between you and the host (at this time, Earthaven does not have positions sponsored by the community). We also sometimes have rentals available that involve less work and more money. Workers and renters are part of Earthaven’s New Roots program, which includes orientations, regular check-ins, and other activities for support and accountability.

Earthaven members expect a lot of themselves and they expect a lot of you too. Earthaven is a working, building, living environment, and most of the work is hard, physical labor outdoors—digging, hauling, building. Learning by doing (work study), in a service role, is very different from today's formal education. Like many hands-on experiences, you may not realize what you have learned and the value of your experience until months or years later!

A standard position at Earthaven is 24 hours a week: 20 hours a week in exchange for hosting, food, and camping, plus 4 hours a week for Earthaven. There are, however, a wide variety of arrangements, depending on what the host expects and offers. See below for positions that may be currently available. If you are interested in one of these opportunities, please contact the host directly.

 

VILLAGE PERMACULTURE APPRENTICESHIP WITH ZEV FRIEDMAN

Dates: March 20 – Early November, 2015 (8-month commitment required).

Apprentices will learn how to tend the land skillfully with Zev Friedman and a team of guest instructors, through an organized, hands-on, project-oriented curriculum infused with implementing and managing physical permaculture systems, formal permaculture design, and cultural learning delivered organically through a permaculture lifestyle at Earthaven.

Contact: Zev Friedman at Apprenticeship Details.

You Receive You Give
Food Not included Work 25-30 hrs/week to Apprenticeship
(Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays)
  4 hrs/wk for Earthaven
29-34 Total hours per week
Shelter Camping in a lovely, forested campground
Classes Included. Money $5,500 (includes tuition, instructional materials, and camping)
$250/month food expenses
$30-45 Earthaven fees
$15 vehicle fee (if you bring vehicle)
$280 – 305 Total per month
plus $25 one-time Earthaven fee and $5,500 tuition.
Experience Live and work at Earthaven

 

 

APPRENTICESHIP/WORK EXCHANGE AT YELLOWROOT FARM

Dates: April 1 – October 31, 2015 commitment. (Possible extension for 5 more months.)

Basic gardening/farming experience desired. Focused work with an experienced grower for a minimum 4 hours per week. Must be willing to work alone and to use light machinery. Potential to learn tractor usage if desired and proven competency. Work exchange not just farm work. Help with growing family expected (childcare, errands, chores).

Contact: Andy Bosley, (828) 669-5226 or More information.

You Receive You Give
Food $50 farm food credit/month Work 24-28 hrs/wk for host
  4 hrs/wk for Earthaven
28-32 Total hours per week
Shelter sweet lil’ cob hut
Classes Included Money $200-250 food costs
$30-45 Earthaven fees
$15 vehicle fee (if you bring vehicle)
$230 – 310 Total per month
plus $25 one-time Earthaven fee
Experience Live and work at Earthaven

 

 

MEDICINE WHEEL WORK EXCHANGE

Dates: March-November; 2-month minimum stay (prefer 6 months)

Medicine Wheel is a permaculture-based collective neighborhood, housing up to a dozen other people. Work includes gardens, orchards, natural building, greenhouses, ponds, rainwater catchment, animal care — and sometimes just plain housework, or hauling trash, or chopping firewood or putting up fencing for days.

Contact: Lyndon or Patricia, (828) 664-0067.

You Receive You Give
Food Not included Work 15 hrs/wk for host
2 hrs/wk for MW Kitchen
  4 hrs/wk for Earthaven
21 Total hours per week
Shelter Room, use of house, phone
Classes Sometimes included Money $175 food plan
$30 Earthaven fees
$15 vehicle fee (if you bring vehicle)
$205 – 220 Total per month
plus $25 one-time Earthaven fee
Experience Live and work at Earthaven

 

 

PERMACULTURE INTERNSHIP AT MEDICINE WHEEL NEIGHBORHOOD

Dates: June through Mid-August 2013 (4-week commitment, prefer longer)

Includes a 3-weekend Permaculture Fundamentals Course, and some structured student-mentor time, but is mostly daily experience living at Medicine Wheel House with about 12 others, helping create a Permaculture home system. Gardens, orchards, water catchment, PV, greywater, building, animals — and cooking, cleaning and maintenance chores — are part of the curriculum.

Contact: Patricia Allison, (828) 664-0067. www.patriciaallison.net

You Receive You Give
Food Not included Work 15 hrs/wk for host
4 hr/wk for MW Kitchen, Garden
  4 hrs/wk for Earthaven
23 Total hours per week
Shelter Room, use of house, phone
Classes Permaculture Fundamentals Course – 3 weekends Money One-Time Fees:
$375 course fee
$25 Earthaven fee
$400 Total one-time fees
Monthy Fees:
$175 food plan
$30 Earthaven fees
$15 vehicle fee (if you bring vehicle)
$205 – 220 Total per month
Experience Live and work at Earthaven

 

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