Simonton Farms

Micanopy, FL US

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Hi folks,

Our names are Sid and Susan, we and our four wonderful children work together to run a family farm.

We are located just south of the college town of Gainesville, which is located in the rolling hill area of N. Central Fla. We live at the edge of the beautiful, small, old-Florida town of Micanopy, right in the middle of horse country.

In the past few years alot of our projects have been put on hold. We are looking for people eager to participate and help to build imaginative businesses and projects. It is our commitment as a family and as individuals to make a difference in the world in every venture and project we participate in.
Our family farm is 20 ac.s of land, developed over the years into an integrated whole, with many innovative inner connected systems; we have been in operation since 1983.
Call us about pets and children.
We operate a native wetland tree nursery based on a permaculture design, that utilizes a terraced "rice patty" watering system (ebb-flow), one of the first of it's type ever to come into existence, we also grow all types of fruit trees, as well as, flowering shrubs and other ornamentals.

Wwoofers can learn how to manage excess irrigation through a herbaceous aquatic filter bed & to naturally feed a pond aquaculture system. Harvest all the fish you can eat. Or learn green house design, maintenance and all types of plant propagation.

We also run a topnotch breeding kennel. Learn many aspects of small animal veterinary science, including lab technology.

Then there is the large organic garden which produces much of our food, excesses go to local farmers markets.

We are into the arts, drawing, sculpting, photography, web design,pottery...We have a pottery studio that we need to do some work in. The pug mill needs some rewiring and we need to process the clay that we have.If you know about electricity this is an area you could work in. If you are interested in the studio you can learn about throwing pots, firing techniques and glaze making.
We also like to read, and have collected an extensive library of around 1000 books, on many useful subjects, that you may enjoy too.Our library needs help with cataloging and organizing.
We also have a large shop set up for welding,wood working and equipment maintenance, where those who are interested can learn, much about hands on tool fabrication, small engine and motor repair, wood-working and "how to" carpentry projects.
We have immediate and ongoing openings for motivated wwoofers, who are interested in working and who would like to be part of a team. We have lots of private housing sites on the property with water and electricity. We have tent sites as well. Food is provided, all diets OK. No smoking is preferred. We have a beautiful mile long nature trail.
Wifi is available at almost all sites. We do have transportation almost daily going to and from Gainesville. Ask about use of vehicle.
Some special projects we want to work on this season are an Eco village, setting up a solar system, new greenhouse project, creating a roadside market and more.
On going work includes wetland tree production, pruning, weeding, composting, vegetable gardening, grounds maintenance, equipment maintenance, farmers market sales, dog care, chicken flock maintenance, website maintenance and much more.

We like to balance work with fun, we have a nice swimming pond, fire-pit & BBQ picnic area, fishing is really good there as well. Summer nights often find us taking a dip, and enjoying sitting around a fire, eating, engaging in lively conversations and generally having a good time.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Sid and Susan

Update:
December2012
The goats are pregnant and we are anxiously awaiting the babies in the early spring! Our winter garden is doing great thanks to our wonderful wwoofers!
Our wwoofers have added fun,joy,and life into our farm. We look forward to hosting more wwofers during the winter months.
We have some places available at this time. Write or give us a call if you are intetrested in wwoofing here.

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