This new site is designed to connect Hebrew Roots Believing organic farmers and Torah Observant folks that would like an opportunity to volunteer on the farms. We can be found as well HERE at HebrewNation.net
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First off, the potential volunteer needs to understand that creating a homestead or farm is like waiting for your first child to be born. You learn about pregnancy, prepare the nursery, get physically ready for the birthing and then devote your days to raising your child.
Agriculture is no different. You learn about your crops/livestock before you get them. You have a secure safe place for them to live before they arrive. Once you have them home you raise and care for them daily.
There would be a document stating what is offered and agreed upon by both parties. This document is a commitment to both the farmer and volunteer. Most farm folk are eager to teach others what they do. We need to know up front what is expected so we can plan the best learning experience for the volunteer.
On the flip side, the volunteer needs to know this is a hands on, get dirty, stinky, sweaty, blister building, farmer style daily work out (the farmer tan is an added bonus). If they want armchair farming they need to stick with Farmville on Facebook.
If I were to open our farm to volunteers some of the migrant worker points would apply to them as well. I would provide meals and housing. They would assist me in all my farm chores and possibly meal prep (if it's canning time). Each morning we'd go down the list of tasks and discuss what they may have questions with. We then do these things together. I would not be offering a wage as my time is offered in exchange for their education.
Farm life is not all work and no play. The volunteer would have free time to explore the area. We can plan trips to other small farms. Visit the local community farm and the CSA farmer's market. There would be time to walk the farm and learn how to balance farm life with wildlife. All living things have purpose, our earth is a living thing and YAH's world works in a balance. Our purpose is to produce abundance within His balance parameters.
Volunteers would have to agree to the policies we have on our homestead and adhere to Torah guidelines while on our property. No drinking, smoking, profanity, keep the Sabbath, no unclean foods, modest dress at all times, no secular music. THEY WILL PARTICIPATE IN SHABBAT. We read scripture, they read scripture. If they choose to volunteer here, they get the whole enchilada of education INCLUDING TORAH.
Above all this is: NO WHINING! Anything that whines in my ear is treated like a gnat is is swatted (grin.) No one has died from a blister, splinter or YAH forbid... a BROKEN FINGERNAIL. On our homestead sweat is sweet and a few broken nails means a lot of productive tasks got done.