WWoofing at sun one organic farm
We've revamped our wwoofing program in 2024 to be more tailored to our future goals as a farm focused on weddings, floral, and contract growing for partners. Whether you have extensive farm or garden experience or a love of fresh food and passion to learn, we invite you to read on and see if Sun One is a good fit for you.
what you will learn
As a wwoofer, you will learn how to perform a variety of farm tasks and experience what daily life is like on a farm.
You will learn methods from the lens of organic no-till agriculture and why we do what we do. Depending on the time of year, you may be helping with:
Seeding crops, both direct in the field and transplanted from the greenhouse
Weeding, watering, mulching and otherwise maintaining crops
Harvesting, cleaning, and packing produce
Designing and planting new beds to add floral stock for the wedding venue
Taking stock of aspects of the property to add to our comprehensive permaculture assessment and analysis data
Imagining experiments to run on farm for biodiversity and overall ecosystem health
Landscaping grounds for aesthetics and beauty as well as functionality
Field clean-up, farm winterization
Through daily farm work you will get to know the plants we grow and their individual needs as well as the needs of the land and soil. Work varies throughout the season. A run for 2-4 weeks is recommended to have a fulfilling experience and get some great work done on the farm.
Living Situation and Compensation
As a wwoofer, you will receive:
Housing (private room)
All meals and amenities (soap, toothpaste, etc) provided
Resume building experiences in farm tech and ecology
We currently have two bedrooms in the main farm house available for interns and a separate tiny home with electricity. You will have your own room with a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living space with other housemates. Some meals are communal, other times you're on your own, it all depends on the day and the mood.
We also run an on-farm AirBnB so there are often guests and new individuals around. Many friends like to stay on farm during the summer so there can be a lot of people around at once. It is essential to be flexible and comfortable with new people and embrace new friends.
Bethlehem is a small, rural town, a 20 min. drive from the nearest towns of any size. There is no bus line in town so having your own vehicle is highly recommended if you want to explore the area. Summers are very busy but we prioritize making time for fun when we can. Within the surrounding area are many beautiful hiking trails and lakes for swimming. If you need a break from the outdoors there are a couple movie theaters, a bowling alley and a roller rink relatively nearby and New Haven has live music regularly. We are about equal distance between Boston and New York City if you feel like venturing into a big city.
Wwoofers are expected to work five days a week, roughly 4-6 hrs per day. Days off are flexible and can be consecutive or split up but must be during the week.
Farming is physically demanding work. You don’t have to be a marathon runner or bodybuilder to do it, but you should have decent stamina and the ability to lift 30lbs comfortably. This is necessary both for work efficiency and your own protection. You can seriously injure yourself if you strain your body doing work that it isn’t prepared for. Body awareness is essential for this work. Please consider this before applying.
New England is prone to intense and variable weather. Throughout the season we might work through frosts, heatwaves, downpours and humidity. There are also bugs, lots of bugs, and we work through all of it. We try our best to avoid the worst weather but sometimes things just have to get done.
Flexibility and the ability to get along with others are probably the most important attributes for working at Sun One. We have a lot of people around and sharing the space so it’s essential to be comfortable around others and able to cook and be in the same space at the same time. Cleaning up after yourself, doing your own dishes etc., is also essential. Everyone in the household is expected to pitch in to keep the household clean and running smoothly.