Experience Forest Farmstead
At Forest farmstead we are proud to be able to give others an experience of a more sustainable lifestyle and the opportunity to build real homesteading skills. Occasionally one of our structures is vacant and a casual visitor can use our homestead as base camp for exploring the North Cascades by booking our Yurt or tree house.
The main way we are able to share the experience of this place is with farm interns who work with us as a member of the homestead for as little as a month or as long as our full season in exchange the interns receive a place to stay, great food, and an education focused on their individual needs. We get bright minds and willing labor and they get an education at no cash cost to them. A great trade for both parties.
We are proud to participate in Washington State's Farm Internship Program where we are able to purchase Workman's Compensation insurance through the state department of labor and industries. Knowing that our interns are covered in case of an accident, just like an employee would be, provides great piece of mind for both us and them.
Our interns reach us through the WWOOF USA directory which is a great resource for similar opportunities all around the world.
The happiest WWOOFers we have hosted have combined a sincere desire to help our homestead be successful and a real interest in learning the skills we have to offer.
Work/Experience/Education we have available on the farm (seasonally dependent) include: Farming, Gardening, Orcharding, Animal Husbandry (chickens, ducks, goats, pigs, sheep), Home Making, Cooking, Butchering, Wild-crafting, Forestry, Forest Products, Marketing, Alternative and Conventional Construction. See our full Syllabus for more.
We get two main things out of hosting WWOOFers; Labor, and knowing that the knowledge and experience we are providing are going to help the next generation of sustainable homesteaders be more successful. So we expect interns to be fully engaged in what is happening on the farm and we are dedicated to making their stay as beneficial to thier future as possible.
Please contact us through WWOOFUSA.org if being engaged in a diverse family homestead is what you are after.
"Will always be grateful I was able to work with the folks of Forest Farmstead. Erin and Terrance are dedicated not only to their land and sustainable practices but to the wwoofers that come to learn. With great direction and varying hands on experiences I have learned so much about what it takes to be a successful homesteader. If you’re interested in putting in hard work you will reap the benefits! Thankful for the month of good company, good views, and good food!"
–Cassie, Summer 2016
"I can say with certainty that my experiences at Forest Farmstead are ones that I’ll never forget. Terrance and Erin were consistently patient, thoughtful, and kind throughout my stay, ensuring that I was not only learning the ways of the farm but of sustainability in general. The work was challenging at times but always rewarding, with tons of delicious home cooked meals and plenty of wonderful company. I learned more than I ever imagined and had more fun than I could’ve ever hoped. Thoroughly dedicated to sustainable living and organic farming, I can think of no better hosts for my first WWOOFing stay than the Meyer Family."
–Genevieve, Summer 2016
"If one wishes for an engaging and meaningful way to spend time and broaden one's horizon, I can think of no better people to send them to than the Meyers. These people are of warm heart and excellent character, knowledgeable, sincere, and diligent. I can think of no more enchanting locale than the upper Skagit Valley (or skag'). Surrounded on all sides by towering mountains, and the loveliest abundance of streams and rivers one would be remiss to avoid a visit. I can furthermore think of no lovelier pig to keep company with than Tesla. This is the sort of place and these are the sort of people that make one acutely aware of the opportunity for enrichment and adventure everywhere. I shall remain forever indebted to them."
–Jordan, Summer/Fall 2015
"If you're thinking about what might be necessary in running an operational homestead, do whatever it takes to get yourself out here. Terrance and Erin are wizards with a work ethic that would put Sisyphus to shame. Although I had to cut my visit short, the experience was invaluable, and I hope to find myself out that way ASAP. Work included but was not limited to: charcoal making, splitting wood, pulling purslane (delicious), making apple cider, pickles, kraut, blackberry removal. Oh yeah, if you like food/cooking, this might just be your own little paradise."
–Spencer, Summer 2015