Want to live and learn on an organic farm? Want to share your life with other like-minded people WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, global community.
As a volunteer at Footehill Farm (or WWOOFer as we call them) you will live alongside your host helping with daily tasks and experiencing life as a farmer.
The following is content from our WWOOF profile. If you’re interested in volunttering via WWOOF you can do so here: https://wwoofusa.org/hosts/search
We are retired teachers from Alaska on a 10 acre organic herb farm on the side of a hill in a pine forest of eastern Washington state. We grow produce and medicinal and culinary herbs on about 2/3 of an acre. Torie is an herbalist who makes salves, tinctures and oils. We are actively involved with our local barter communnity and actively promote permaculture and sustainable growing by presenting at local meetings and conferences. We accept WWOOFers from March thru October. We established the farm in Sept. 2011 and, using permaculture ethics, principles and techniques, are building a sustainable smallholding with ponds, hugelkultur, alternate growing methods, greenhouses, and farm animals. Local attractions include rafting, hiking, biking, camping, berry picking, rock climbing. We can provide transportation. We speak a smattering of Spanish. We provide meals and can accommodate most dietary requirements although vegans will need to cook their own meals. We have two farm dogs and 2 cats. Smokers of all kinds are welcome. We are NOT religious but respect and welcome ALL religions although proselytizing is frowned upon. Political discussions are welcome but we tend to be fairly politically and socially liberal. We also hope you will share your cooking skills with us as we will do with you. A final warning: I LOVE CORNY JOKES AND PUNS!
NOTE: If you are thinking that someday you would like to buy or build your own small, microfarm, then your stay on our farm will teach you so much that you will need to know. Small scale drip irrigation, greenhouse operation, permaculture, farm plumbing and electrical systems, solar power system and soil building are just a few of the things you will learn. We operate a non-stressful work environment with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the local attractions in our area. This season, 2019, starting in early March, we plan to finish a 5m x 8m semi-earth sheltered greenhouse, install a small solar array to power the greenhouses, modify the drip irrigation system to a gravity feed system, raise 15 turkeys for sale and 20 meat chickens. In addition we will introduce new, ethnic, herbs to the Spokane market and grow more specialized, unique, boutique produce for the local restaurant market. This year we will be producing, and selling, our brand of pesto, horseradish, freeze-dried herbs, salves and tinctures at local farmers’ markets. Because of that, we will be planting and harvesting herbs much more intensely. Construction projects include milling logs and building a semi-earth sheltered, solar powered greenhouse. Work really gets going in early March when we will be planting a couple of thousand plant starts in trays. If any of this interests you, contact us and book early. Thanks.
We DO NOT closely monitor the number of hours worked. We expect you to help as much as you want to alongside us. We are a relaxed non-demanding farm. Excessive drug or alcohol use is frowned upon as is religious proselytizing. Our neighbors are dear to us as is the local environment. No loud, late night partying. You must be 21 or older. Finally, we like to interact with people. We love long conversations about many topics including current events. If you feel the need to be on your phone or other device hours per day, DO NOT come here. We will ask those who cannot follow these simple rules to leave right away.