We live on 5 acres in the country with our two dogs and a bunch of laying hens. We're just outside the small town of Philomath, Oregon, 5 miles from the university town of Corvallis, 2 hours south of Portland, 45 minutes from the beautiful Oregon coast, and 1 1/2 hours from the Cascades. Lots of cultural events in town and abundant hiking from our doorstep in every direction!
We have a huge organic garden, greenhouses, and an orchard. We grow most of our own produce. We heat with wood that we harvest from our property. We try to live simply and lightly on the Earth.
Paul is a musician, and Janice is an activist who works for immigrant justice and with a senior dog rescue.
Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
Betreuung von Tieren
Mithilfe auf einem Bauernhof
Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
We love to meet people from other places. We've traveled quite a bit in Latin America and Europe ourselves, and our favorite memories are of the times we got to "live like a local" and got to know people. Janice speaks fluent Spanish and passable French and Portuguese (although she's a bit rusty on those last two!) Now that we're settled on our homestead, we love to share that experience with travelers!
Paul is a skilled musician who has played guitar in an eclectic mix of bands over the years. He's currently in a quasi-bluegrass band called Cheatgrass, but has also played rock, jump blues, and swing. If you're musically inclined, we'll have a great time! Paul also taught guitar at the middle school where he worked, and is a wonderful teacher.
And the Pacific Northwest is a great place to live! We have mountains (active volcanoes!), miles of gorgeous coastline, and sublime high deserts. Oh, and fantastic rivers! We're river rats, and would love to take you whitewater rafting and kayaking on local rivers.
We travel a lot to places where there's no internet access during the summer so it may take a week or two before were able to get back to you. Thanks for your patience!
We can always use help on the property: mowing, weeding, cutting firewood, planting, harvesting, preserving food, and constructing outbuildings. The tasks vary with the season. You'll have the opportunity to learn to use chainsaws, power tools, and weedwhackers if you don't already know how. We'll also work together in the garden where you'll learn skills for homesteading or market gardening. (Janice has a degree in horticulture.) We use organic practices in the gardens.
We'll be traveling some this spring/summer and will be looking for people to housesit as well as to help alongside us. You'll be responsible for taking care of the dogs, the gardens and the chickens. This must be a person or couple who really loves and is comfortable with dogs.
Französisch: Gute Kenntnisse
Work-Away guests share the sweet garden cottage, a "tiny house" tucked away in a garden next to our house. The cottage has a deck with a full outdoor kitchen. Inside there's a futon couch, a desk, and a small loft that can be used for sleeping or storage. There's an outdoor shower and a composting (dry) outhouse. Depending on the number of guests when you're here, you might share the outdoor kitchen.
Breakfast and lunch will always be on your own, and you'll have everything you need to prepare your meals in the cottage kitchen. There's a 4 burner stove and oven, a toaster oven, and a microwave, as well as a blender, crockpot, and kitchen utensils and plates and bowls. There are always fresh eggs from the hens, and fresh vegies and fruits from the garden and orchard which vary with the season. We'll also provide you with basics like grains (locally grown), beans (from the garden), and cheese. For the most part, we eat locally grown food in season, and the bulk of it comes from our garden. That means that different produce is available at different times during the season. We typically eat chicken and/or seafood a couple of times during the week. If you want special food items or have special dietary needs, there are plenty of stores in town where you can find what you're looking for.
We share dinners about 3 times a week which we take turns cooking. Meal preparation is not considered part of the 25 helping hours during the week.
Enjoy peaceful life in the country. The coyotes and owls will serenade you at night. Hike nearby trails or visit the beautiful Oregon coast (40 minute drive) or the snow-covered Cascade Mountains. Sip wine from a local winery or visit the bustling farmers' market.
Philomath is an up and coming rural community with funky restaurants, brew pubs, and even a small historical museum. The university town of Corvallis has even more to offer in this department. The area is renowned for being bike-friendly, and we have bikes you can borrow. We're surrounded by wineries, hiking trails, and rivers to float. Another fun experience our WorkAwayers can enjoy on their day off is visiting our friends' farm just down the road. Our friends tend sheep, goats, turkeys, and bees and in the past our guests have helped shear sheep, milk goats and make goat cheese, and extract honey from their hives. It's a lovely bike ride to their farm, and we have bikes you can borrow to get there. And for a winter special, I'll tell you where my favorite mushroom foraging sites are located!
For the safety of everyone in our community, we can only accept guests who are fully vaccinated against COVID and are willing to follow COVID protocols.
Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang
Wir besitzen Tiere
Wir sind Raucher
We have decent internet and have had several WorkAway guests who had part-time remote work. Janice also works remotely.
Dieser Gastgeber bietet Platz für Wohnmobile.
25 hours a week
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