Barakah Heritage Farm
Purposeful. Practical. Preservation.
Why that name?
Barakah Heritage Farm believes in preserving the heritage livestock breeds and heirloom plants whenever possible. Barakah Farm is also the home of the Malabar Jilfan Sitam al Bulad Arabian Horse Preservation Program, as well as the Horse Heroes program for our teacher horses and donkey.
Horse apprenticeship opportunity! Work with critically endangered Arabians plus other breeds.
Your hosts are experienced homesteaders, entrepreneurs, and published authors. The farm is home to three of a critically endangered Arabian horse bloodline. Volunteer workers have the opportunity to learn holistic equine health methods and ride and train using conscious horsemanship, with both our rare Arabians and our other rescue horses.
We are a chemical-free sustainable agriculture farm on fifty acres, specializing in preservation of heritage breeds. Currently working with Tennessee Fainting Goats and critically endangered foundation Arabian horses. Also poultry.
We are looking for motivated helpers and potential partners to help us grow various enterprises related to sustainability and home-based businesses. We offer the opportunity to learn about:
-natural horse care and conscious horsemanship (free will) training
-permaculture & agroecology
-alternative therapies and wellness
-agritourism & heritage rare breed preservation
-holistic farming techniques
-sustainable profitable farm-related small business development
As part of our stewardship of a breeding herd of rare horses, we are starting our pasture conversion to our unique business model that hybridizes intensive grazing, winter stockpiling, and multi-use walking/mountain biking/horse self-exercise paths. We are looking for people that would like to work side-by-side with us, learning while developing that system.
Our last helpers brought their own camper and hooked up to the electricity at the barn and reported that they were happy with the setup. The housing options we currently provide are the same thing we offer to our AirBnB/Hipcamp guests:
camp with an outdoor hot shower and portable toilet
bring your own camper or tent
Additionally, longer-term, you may use one of the above options while you help us rehab a 24 foot camper trailer, which would then become your housing.
Negotiable. Also, we can also offer you gardening space and possibly space for your livestock or horse(s).
Income from possible profit-sharing from web development/social marketing business.
Income from possible partnership in farm businesses (ie: market gardening & homestead products, scented geraniums, herbs, cut flowers – bring your ideas).
Local part-time paid employment opportunities available in nearby towns a half hour away.
Online work is possible.
Near Ricketts Glen waterfalls, Worlds End State Park and Frances Slocum and numerous state parks and gamelands
Nearby hunting (no hunting on property), summer and winter sports
Incredibly scenic area
Swimming/fishing/boating pond on site.
Only 4 hours from New York City, Washington DC and Philadelphia, 2 hours from Hershey and 3 hours from Lancaster
Near Knoebel’s Resort, America’s largest free admission amusement park
Cats welcome (However, you will need to figure out a pen for their safety), dogs not allowed (we have working livestock guardian dogs on site, they don’t play well with others) Bring your horse.
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.
How to get here:
Closest airport is Wilkes-Barre 45 minutes away, which serves several major airlines
Minimal public local transportation (uber?)
4-wheel or all-wheel drive necessary in winter
Steps to apply for long-term positions or partnerships:
1) Message us
2)schedule skype or whatsapp meeting
3)live meeting plus farm tour to discuss details and make final decision
No positions currently available. Please check back again.
Note: we have WiFi available on site, so online employment with other employers is possible while staying here. For example, online English teaching for overseas students typically pays $10/hour and does not require a teaching degree.
Please see our listing at Helpx to apply
Weekend or Short-term Volunteers
We welcome 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 Sunday – Thursday night and half-price Friday and Saturday night.
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.
There are 2 different education paths at Barakah Farm:
Path one 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 fee.
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.
Partnership and profit-sharing opportunities. See the description above for some ideas. Please email us to discuss.
We currently have a partner developing a duck egg production program.