We are Dan and Micha and are the latest stewards of our farm and land, 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, alpacas, 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 rental business out of two rooms in our home through an online rental platform 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.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Volunteers are required to work Tuesday through Saturday, 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.
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.
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 downloads. 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.
Weekends are free to explore. Weekends may not be Saturday and Sunday for us depending on the time of year, for example, right now Sunday and Monday is our weekend. 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. If a volunteer does not have any reviews from previous workaway experience, we may ask contact info for previous employer or host reference.
Our farm is newish to Workaway, but we have also been online hosts on other sites for a number of years. You can find out more info on our farm by going to our farm's website which is easily found by searching our farm's name in an internet search. The following are a few of the reviews we've amassed through another work-trade website in which we've been members longer...
"If you have to pick just one place to (volunteer), THIS IS IT. Myrtle Glen is the dream! Dan and Micha are the absolute BEST hosts -- they take a thoughtful, serious, and forward-thinking approach to their farm, but they're also absolutely hilarious, wise, and kind. They provide structure, clear expectations, and true, serious work, but never more than is reasonable, and you'll be laughing your butt off along the way. They practice what they preach, so you won't just be growing fresh, healthy, organic food -- that's what you'll be eating, too. AND, perhaps most uniquely, they're pretty much always out there with you in the dirt. This isn't a place where (volunteers) are dismissed to small, simple tasks while the hosts do the "big stuff" alone -- everyone participates together in both regular weeding AND larger projects. You can just feel the good energy the moment you step onto the gorgeous property and meet these two truly special humans (and their animals), and I can't possibly recommend it enough. Five bajillion stars!!!!!!!"
"Dan and Micha are really incredible people. I spent a month on the farm but built a relationship with them that I feel will last forever. They have a strong commitment to positivity and encouragement, both of which made my stay on the farm so enjoyable, and so difficult to walk away from after only a few short weeks. They are great teachers and are happy to get you working on a project that applies to your goals and interests. I learned so much just by listening and watching them at work, and they are also happy to talk outside of farm time to fill you in on their passions and what they are working on and what they want for the farm. Myrtle Glen farm is a wealth of knowledge for those interested in a homesteading lifestyle. I am so grateful I chose Myrtle Glen; it was an experience full of laughs, crazy goats, amazing food, and wonderful people."
"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."
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
25 hours maximum