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Here's a list of things to be sure to bring with you when you come to live or work at Common Ground Farm.

Necessary Items:
  • Jacket, sweatshirts and other warm clothes. Polar fleece clothing is warm, but hay sticks to it like a magnet, so bring some other sweatshirts, too.
  • Jeans or other long pants to wear when baling hay. Make sure your clothing is loose enough so you can move around comfortably.
  • T-shirts, shorts, hot weather clothing.
  • Hat, bandana and / or something to tie hair out of your face.
  • Rain gear -- raincoat with hood or hat, waterproof boots.*
  • Work gloves with leather palms. I suggest having several pair. Leather palms with canvas backs are best. All leather are too hot; all canvas are not sturdy enough, but you may want a pair of those also for lighter work.
  • Warm gloves for winter work*
  • Work boots.*
  • Socks. (lots)
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Health insurance card in case you need to see a doctor.
* Good quality boots & gloves can be purchased at a local store when you get here, if you don't have them: rubber boots, $15; work boots $60-$80; work gloves, $8 / pair.

Suggested / Optional Items:
  • Sunglasses, sun hat
  • Swim suit
  • Camping gear
  • Special medications, lotions, sunscreen, bug spray if you use them
  • Reading lamp, books
  • Radio, tape / CD player, walkman, CDs, tapes, laptop computer. We do not have a TV.
  • Phone card if you want to make long distance calls
  • Pocket knife
  • Special foods, favorite cookbook or recipes (you will be sharing cooking duties.)
  • Camera, film
  • Art supplies
  • Musical instruments
  • Towels, washclothes, single bed sheets, favorite pillow. (We can supply all of these, but you might want your own.)
  • Journal
  • Photos from home of friends and family to show us!
  • Money
Note: Be sure to bring anything you need for special medical conditions and extra prescriptions for while you are here. (Asthma inhalers, bee-sting kits, insulin.) And please make sure everyone at the farm is aware of your condition and knows what to do in an emergency situation.