Help out on a homestead located in the Southern Oregon Coast Range.

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  • Description

    Description

    We are Dan and Micha and are the latest stewards of the Farm, a 27 acre homestead located in the Southern Oregon Coast Range. A clean and clear mountain creek runs the length of the property. We practice permaculture techniques with an eye towards sustainability. We care for goats, llamas, chickens, ducks, bees, dogs, and cats. There is an orchard with a variety of fruit trees including apples, pears, plumbs, cherries, kiwi, and figs. There are perennial grapes and berries. Our veggie garden houses multitudes of foods that last us throughout the year; fresh, dried, canned, fermented, and frozen. We run a small Airbnb business out of two rooms in our home and eat breakfast and dinner communally with our guests and volunteers.

    We are a couple in our early 30s who love to work, laugh, create, and sing. We believe that empathy and compassion are the key to transforming the world into a better place. Our journey to steward such a piece of land was born out of love for nature and the understanding that we, as a civilization, have lost touch with the food we eat, the resources we consume, and the impacts of our collective decision-making. Our intention is to be the change we wish to see.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Art project
    Other

  • Help

    Help

    Volunteers are required to work Monday through Friday, 5 hours a day. Work ranges from daily chores like milking goats, feeding animals, and helping in meal prep, to garden/orchard work, to larger group projects like building hugelkultur beds, to specialized jobs that interest the volunteers. For example, if one was interested in bee keeping, fermentation, and compost building, we can cater hours of work towards learning those skills as long as it fits within the framework of what we do. Weekends are off and we frequently take volunteers out to explore the beauty that the coast and coastal forests and rivers have to offer.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    All food is provided. We eat an organic omnivore diet mostly sourced from whole foods grown at the farm. Due to the amount of goat milk and farm fresh eggs we harvest from our animals and use in communal meals, we do not accept those with vegan dietary restrictions. Vegetarians, however, are welcome. We provide specialty food items other than what the farm provides, within reason. If you are dogmatic in your dietary needs, this might not be the right fit for you.

    The volunteer quarters is a renovated room in the barn. It sleeps up to five and has plumbing and electricity. A private compost outhouse is located a short distance from the room.

    Our house is a communal space during the work week with some restrictions on the weekends. Internet is free to use, but because of the data cap, we ask that downloads and uploads are limited to smaller sized files, and absolutely no illegal terrenting. There is also a yoga/dance studio that volunteers are free to use during reasonable hours. This studio also doubles as a home theater that we will occasionally use for a documentary or movie night together.

    Our land is full of beauty and exploration opportunities. You can hike into the forest or soak in our cool, clear stream on a hot day.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Weekends are free to explore. If there are no farm guests on a particular weekend, we frequently take volunteers on group trips up to the old growth, swimming holes throughout the forest, scenic drives to waterfalls, wild edible mushroom foraging locations, etc.

    Our main criteria for volunteers is that they are compassionate, kind, conscientious, hard-working, honest, respectful, and drama-free. We hold ourselves to these same standards, and if any of these traits is lacking a stay will not work out.

    We ask that volunteers be at least 21. Our preference is 25 or older, but we are willing to make exceptions based on our interaction. We also ask for a month minimum stay as has been our experience to be an ideal amount of time for host and volunteer alike.

    Our farm is new to Workaway, but we have also been on WWOOF-USA for a number of years. We are looking to expand our reach and believe Workaway has the potential to do so. While we have not yet hosted a Workawayer and thus have no reviews, we'd like to share the latest reviews we have from WWOOF-USA:

    "The land is absolutely stunning, and there's a solid energy throughout. My disbelief with being in such an idyllic place quickly turned to excitement and eventually just pure adoration. Folks with all levels of experience can find a place here. You will learn from patient teachers who honor your autonomy as it contributes to collective goals. I came here at the end of summer (yes this review is exceptionally late). Work included harvesting, processing food, preparing meals (mostly from the garden), weeding, milking the goats, Arnold impersonations, the usual. Just as work is given priority, so is downtime. There's lots to do during breaks but the best is shooting the manure with Dan and Micha :) we checked all my boxes. And then some. Yes, it was remote. But the quiet and the stars and the conversations under the stars were beyond what I could have hoped for. Everything I knew I wanted in a farm. I guess you can't review a relationship you form with a place or the friendships you make. Maybe that's why it's been so hard to write this, because that's what defined my experience. Thanks, you stellar love bugs."

    "Dan & Micha are highly professional and courteous individuals. I'm just kidding, they're huge goobers and some of my favorite people. They have great advice and lot of lessons to teach between really bad butt jokes. The love they have for their land, their critters and each other is inspiring. They are so welcoming and its hard not to feel instantly at home here. I'm tempted to fill this review up with countless inside jokes but that won't make a lot of sense to anybody else trying to get a feel for this place. Anyways, this is amazing, Dan and Micha are the greatest hosts and I think any cool people looking at this should go help them out!"

    "I spent a month here, it was the first of, I hope, many times I will return to this land. Micha and Dan are incredibly warm hearted souls, with a lot of encouragement and laughs to share. The knowledge I gained from the land and from the people on it is invaluable. Work on the farm was rewarding and spent with pleasant company and the parade of animals on the farm. We shared some of the best meals I've ever had, missing the garden fresh toms and beans now! I could go on and on about how incredible this place is. Get ready to work hard, to be held accountable by this land, by yourself, by the farm."

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunites

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunites

    There is a lot to learn on a homestead as diverse as our farm. There is also a platform to share. We not only seek those who wish to learn, but more so, those that wish to collaborate. This farm has visible and spiritual imprints from multitudes of volunteers over the years. It's a canvas we can all respectfully add to.

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    Volunteering hours expected

    25 hours maximum


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