WWOOFing at Chanticleer Gardens

Chanticleer Gardens offers an opportunity for a WWOOFer to experience life on a small, diversified farm. During their stay the WWOOFer becomes a member of the family, sharing meals and the use of the house with the other members of the family and any other WWOOFer. It is expected that the WWOOFer will contribute a minimum of 30 hrs/week toward the operation of the farm. The WWOOFer is encouraged to explore the area as part of their learning experience during their off hours.

At this time the farm is focused on the production of flowers for the floral trade, and produce for local retail and for consumption on site. A small flock of chickens provides eggs for the table and for sale to select customers.

The main emphasis at Chanticleer Gardens is on teaching, by example, the basic elements of both horticulture and construction of infrastructure for a small farm. Tasks are tailored to a WWOOFer's area of interest, when possible, and questions freely answered.

The new high tunnel to allow late-season production of greens and to facilitate experiments relating to four-season production of some vegetables is now completed! It allows us to enjoy fresh lettuce, chard, and kale well into the winter. This spring the spinach crop was phenominal!

A blog by the talented florist who is the heart (and owner) of The Apotheca Flower Shoppe apothecaflowershoppe@bogspot.com gives a sense of life here at the farm!

Spring, 2017

The tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant have been planted in the high tunnel. This year we are planting a bed of dahlias in the high tunnel to take advantage of the higher temperatures and protection from the wind and rain. This should result in a higher quality flower for the florist trade.

The excessive rain has delayed planting in the main garden. Once the ground dries out there will b a massive push to get everything transplanted!

Work continues on cutting beams on the sawmill for the equipment shelter.

There are no lack of opportunities for a WWOOFer to develop skills relating to construction as well as farming!

Hoop House