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Volunteer, Employment, and/or Partnership Opportunities

Barakah Heritage Farm
Purposeful. Practical. Preservation.

We are a chemical-free regenerative grazing and sustainable agriculture farm on fifty acres.  At our farm, we believe in preserving the heritage livestock breeds and heirloom plants whenever possible. This farm is also the home of the Malabar Jilfan Sitam al Bulad Arabian Horse Preservation Program, as well as the Horse Heroes program for rescue horses. We have chickens, ducks, goats, horses, a livestock dog, and Yurtle the Turtle.  We offer a variety of learning experiences such as short and long term volunteer positions, apprenticeships and even profit sharing and working business partnerships.

We offer the opportunity to learn about:

-natural horse care and conscious horsemanship (free will) training
-permaculture & regenerative grazing
-alternative therapies and wellness
-agritourism & farmstays
-heritage rare breed preservation
-holistic farming techniques
-sustainable profitable farm-related small business development

At Barakah Heritage Farm, you can:

Work in exchange for short-term housing in our campsites

Learn hands-on about all aspects of our farm

Take advantage of profit sharing or partnership opportunities

Start your own small farm-related business

We are looking for volunteers and partners who:

– are motivated and honest
– have a generally positive attitude
– pay attention to detail
– are committed to finishing what they start
– are respectful to others views
– are willing to learn, and share what they know

We offer:

  • training
  • housing
  • seasonal produce and eggs
  • wifi
  • small business and social media coaching

Off-farm income:

We only ask our volunteers and profit-sharers to work partial days, so there is plenty of time left for side jobs.

We are 40 minutes from I80, the major highway corridor to New York City.  There are numerous industries in the area that are considered essential and still operating and hiring, even during covid shutdowns.

Online work is an option, within the limitations of WiFi and mobile internet service.  Ask us about what we currently do online, and about new opportunities.

Local recreation/activities:

Near Ricketts Glen waterfalls, Worlds End State Park and Frances Slocum and numerous state parks and gamelands

Nearby hunting (no hunting on property), skiing, snowmobiling etc

Incredibly scenic area

Fishing/boating pond on site

2 miles of hiking/mountain biking trails on site

Only 4 hours from New York City, 5 from Washington DC, 3 from Philadelphia and Lancaster, 2 hours from Hershey

Near Knoebel’s Resort, America’s largest free admission amusement park.

How to get here:

Closest airport is Wilkes-Barre 45 minutes away, which serves several major airlines
No public local transportation.  4WD or AWD necessary in winter.

Housing:

  • camp with an outdoor hot shower and portable toilet
  • bring your own camper or tent
  • stay in the Glamping Loft during off-peak/unscheduled times
  • TAKEN 240 square foot rustic semi-furnished efficiency space with electricity, toilet and sleeping loft attached to the barn.
  • 24 foot tow-behind trailer that needs to be renovated (plan on camping during this process, it is not currently liveable)

Meals:

Seasonal produce and eggs.

Transportation:

Negotiable.

WiFi/phone:

Available.  Typical speed 2 MBPS.

Additional perks & tidbits:

We can also offer you gardening space or space for your own farm endeavors.

Bring your horse(s).

Cats welcome (However, you will need to figure out a pen for their safety), dogs negotiable (we have a working livestock guardian dog on site, doesn’t play well with others).

For applicants from outside the USA:

You must EITHER have a VISA and be in the USA already OR have a VISA and the ability to travel to the USA without our assistance.

Steps to apply:

1) Message us to introduce yourself and let us know about your plans and goals
2) schedule skype or whatsapp meeting
3) live meeting plus farm tour to discuss details and make final decision


Employment

No positions currently available.


Weekend or Short-term Volunteers

We will house you in our Hipcamp or AirBnB housing  and in exchange you agree to work for a couple hours daily on various farm projects.  We will coordinate projects with you to make sure you are comfortable with the type of work.  You will have plenty of free time left each day to explore local hiking or other activities.

For weekend and short-term volunteers, we offer the campsites for free or the Glamping Loft free Monday – Thursday night and half-price weekends.

For short-term volunteers on their first training visit, you would work on projects with us and then independently for no more than half the day. The work offsets the cost of your housing. We do not provide meals, though seasonally, there may be garden produce and/or eggs to share with you. The rest of the day is yours to play, go hiking etc.  If you already have farm and/or livestock skills, we get you started and then turn you loose to work.  If you don’t already have farm or livestock skills, we put you into our training program, one of two education paths offered here.


Education paths at Barakah Farm:

There are 2 different educational paths at Barakah Farm.

Path one is for folks that want to learn intensively and then take that information home to use, but don’t plan to become regular helpers at the farm. These intensive classes are formally organized and typically take a day or weekend, and there is a tuition fee (we are open to barter).

Path two is for volunteers that want to learn and then become a regular part of our farm team. We don’t offer the condensed classes to volunteer workers, unless a class is already scheduled with paid attendees (you can audit these) but do train you and teach you so that on your return visits you can function independently as a member of the farm team. You work and get mini-classes as each topic comes up. We don’t pack in as much detail daily, but you ultimately end of with more information, and the ability to apply it. You learn while working alongside us. We work and learn in the mornings before lunchtime, and then resume again for early evening chores, so your work and learning time would be breakfast until lunch and then optionally in the early evening. In general, regular repeat volunteers are given much greater freedom on booking dates, and more unsupervised time to enjoy the livestock. For example, long term horse volunteers with riding skills are usually offered the opportunity to take horses out for rides.


Long-term Volunteer (1 month minimum stay)

Please see our listing at Helpx to apply


Profit sharing:

When a volunteer has gained enough knowledge and experience (or brings it with them), they have the option of moving up to a profit-sharing position.   A profit-sharer contributes labor hours to a project, and is not expected to make management or business decisions.  When the profit cycle ends, the profit-sharer receives a percent of the net profits after expenses are subtracted.  The payment is based upon the number of labor hours contributed.  A profit cycle is typically a year, but starts and ends according to the natural cycle rather than the calendar.  For example, the goat kid profit cycle starts at the time of breeding and ends when the next breeding season begins.  Kids are sold partway through the cycle, and profit calculations are made at the end of the cycle, typically sometime before December.   Other profit cycles may begin and end with the final harvest of the year, or with the purchase of chicks.   The arrangement is formalized with a written contract, and may or may not include an LLC.  Profit sharing may be short or long term, and preferably includes the full profit cycle of the project.  If the profit-sharer leaves before the end of the cycle, profit sharing is adjusted according to the mutually-agreed upon terms.

Partner with us:

When a volunteer or profit-sharer has gained enough knowledge and experience (or brings it with them) to make business and project management decisions, they have the option of moving up to a partnership position.   A partner contributes labor hours or resources to a project, and is expected to make management and business decisions including critical emergency decisions.  When the profit cycle ends, the partner receives a percent of the net profits after expenses are subtracted.  The payment is based upon the contribution and negotiated at the start of the project, and the proposed percent is higher than a profit-sharer due to the increased responsibility and contribution.  A profit cycle is typically a year, but starts and ends according to the natural cycle rather than the calendar.  For example, the goat kid profit cycle starts at the time of breeding and ends when the next breeding season begins.  Kids are sold partway through the cycle, and profit calculations are made at the end of the cycle, typically sometime before December.   Other profit cycles may begin and end with the final harvest of the year, or with the purchase of chicks.   The arrangement is formalized with a written contract, and will include an LLC.  Profit sharing may be short or long term, and preferably includes the full profit cycle of the project.  If the profit-sharer leaves before the end of the cycle, profit sharing is adjusted according to the mutually-agreed upon terms.

Profit-sharing projects and ideas:

  • duck egg and breeding stock production program*
  • chicken egg and breeding stock production program*
  • camping & glamping space cleaning*

Partnership projects and ideas:

  • horse trail rides
  • heritage sheep
  • draft and dairy heritage cattle
  • Organic heirloom niche produce sales
  • fruit/nut cultivation and sales
  • mushrooms
  • herbs/tinctures/teas
  • bees
  • summer camps

Profit-sharing or partnership projects and ideas:

  • artisan goat milk projects
  • felted sheep pelts
  • virtual farm tours and activities
  • donkey draft services/delivery services
  • goat packing rentals

*Taken-no longer available for new sharers/partners

We are open to ideas – email us to discuss further possibilities.

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