Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Coldwater Gardens!
Coldwater Gardens is a sustainable agritourism farm working for the health of our community and environment as well as an Eco-friendly retreat with many diverse activities. Through sustainable farming practices we promote fresh and local food, support watershed and environmental stewardship, and provide environmental and agricultural education. We cultivate organic foods, demonstrate sustainable living, and provide educational resources on agriculture and the environment for current and future generations.
The land is composed of 360 acres of rolling timber and wetland forest with almost two miles of meandering creek frontage speckled by white sandbars. We approach land management as stewards who protect the untouched regions and restore the timbered areas. Some areas are being converted to organic permaculture gardens with the aim of creating rich soil and nutrient dense foods from otherwise sandy terrain. Volunteers will have opportunities to learn countless lifelong skills including but not limited to organic gardening, hardwood log mushroom cultivation, trail building for hiking and mountain biking, ins and outs of farmers markets, forest management, aquaculture, compost creation, primitive campsite development, and arts and crafts. At any given time their may also be targeted instruction and workshops given by local professionals, other volunteers, or Coldwater Gardens staff that you will be encouraged to participate in. For leisure you can enjoy the sandbars, camp, bike, canoe the areas rivers, hike the trails through the forest, sleep under the stars, and swing on a hammock.
Our accommodations include large canvas tents with all the basic necessities. We have clean water and electric for your convenience and you are welcome to cook over a camp fire or in the cob oven. There are plenty of stoves, grills, and kitchen equipment. Bathe in the creek or in our hot shower. The farm has six employees who work weekdays and two employees live on the property full-time. Because of the myriad of dietary differences that individuals have; the farm will provide you with all of the basic food supplies that you can help yourself to at any time and a small weekly allowance to facilitate your individual dietary needs as well as seasonal food from the gardens. Volunteers ideally will have their own transportation, but pick-up from the Greyhound station or airport can be arranged in advance. We all love pets but because of issues we’ve had in the past no personal animals are allowed. Your volunteer stay is an “at will” position meaning you are free to leave at any time you wish and we reserve the right to ask you to leave if you do not comply with our basic rules of decent living. If you litter, are violent, use illicit drugs, or show no interest in working and learning 5-7 hours per day then this isn’t the place for you. We take our time investment in your education very seriously and we expect the same courtesy from you. We work hard, but you will also find that we take time to enjoy the richness of nature and community.