Help on an organic homestead and mushroom farm in Oregon, USA


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    We have a certified organic homestead and mushroom farm that focuses on growing vegetables in gardens and 2 greenhouses, growing mushrooms indoors, companion planting with mushrooms and vegetables, managing an orchard, and general homesteading activities. We are focused on permaculture and biodynamic farming practices and are located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

    There are 3 farm partners living here. Dustin is a mycologist and works on keeping the mushrooms growing. Austin is a vegetable farmer and prior garden instructor. He is currently getting licensed to become an electrician. My name is Jennifer and I am a mycologist and manage the homestead and gardens. I do a little bit of everything around here.

    We grow 6 different kinds of mushrooms throughout the year including oysters, lion's mane, chestnuts and shiitake. Besides mushrooms, we also tend to vegetable and fruit gardens for our own use, 2 greenhouses, an orchard, chickens for eggs and breeding, building projects, and the general maintenance of a homestead. We also have goats for breeding and backpacking/hiking. Our goat breeds are mini nigerian dwarfs. We tie our goats out everyday which helps with invasive plant control, lawn mowing and fertilization of the soil. On nice days we take our goats for walks, it is a lot of fun!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We offer a great opportunity to learn general homesteading and permaculture skills along with the basics in mushroom biology, mushroom harvesting, processing and cooking. We have traveled and been Workawayers ourselves so we know what it is like to live in someone's home and we treat our guests like family. If you have a special interest in a certain project we are doing here we can focus on that project so you can attain skills while working with us or likewise if there is a project you really enjoy doing we will try and accommodate you. We love working with others and sharing our knowledge. We feel like everyone has something unique to share with each other.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help


    You can help with any of the following: working in the mushroom building, companion planting with mushrooms in the garden and greenhouses, making soil, growing vegetables, processing vegetables and mushrooms (canning, drying), building projects, goats, garden and greenhouse management.

    Our schedule changes daily so we will most likely do a little bit of everything each day. We work with our volunteers Tuesday through Saturday. We ask for 25 hours of help per week in exchange for accommodations and 3 meals. We have lots of mushrooms to cook with (cultivated and wild) so if you like eating mushrooms this is a great place to come! This is not a vacation spot this is a working farm and we require people to come here with good work ethics and work diligently. We ask for everyone to help with cooking which usually rotates between adults and with kitchen clean-up (this time is not included in the 5 hours of work time). We have a certified kitchen for food processing so we need to keep it very clean. Please bring your own toiletries, tea/coffee or any special snacks.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and 80% Spanish

  • Accommodation


    We offer a furnished, heated guest room which includes a bunk bed (twin on the top and double on the bottom) separate from the house or camping if you would rather sleep outdoors. We provide all meals and we eat all organic. We can accommodate any diet. Cleanliness is important to us and we expect our guests to help with kitchen chores and cooking. We share the downstairs of our home which is where the bathroom, kitchen and living room are. We also have a composting toilet outside. There is WIFI available in the house and just outside of the house for internet access and you can use our house phone for calls within the US but if you need to call out of the country you will need to buy a calling card to use the house phone.

    We can accommodate up to 1 traveler at a time. We are currently offering just a 1 week stay.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are close to the Cascade and Coastal Mountain Range which includes many hiking trails. We have 1 child age 13, a dog and cats. Please email or call to discuss things in more detail. You can check out our Facebook page which has photos and is a mini blog about the happenings at The Mushroomery, thanks!

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    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?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

One of our 4 goats, this is Rosemary!
Our booth at the farmers' market in Corvallis during September. We have a wonderful selection of fresh cultivated at the farm and wild mushrooms.
This photo was taken at the farm looking out into the field from the house in the Spring.
This photo was taking inside of the spawn room. The jars are different cultures of mushrooms which consist of mycelium (somewhat like the mushroom's roots) and agar (gelatin-like substance derived from seaweed). Some laboratories use petri dishes but we use mason jars. This is the start of a number of steps in the mushroom cultivation process.

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