Immerse yourself in the off-grid life, play with baby goats and chickens, and learn on our homestead in California, USA



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    ***One opening Immediately available. We also have openings July and August. Looking for chainsaw, carpentry and electric fence skill sets, and/or just a great work ethic. Please be following social distancing and healthy, and we are looking for people who can stay at least a month.***

    We are a small scale developing agroforestry permaculture homestead in the mountains of Mendocino county, Northern California. The goal we are working towards is an almost zero trash producing, mostly self sustaining, small community that helps to nurture and rebuild the ecosystem of planet Earth through our direct actions as well as through education and example. Our focus is producing a wide diversity of products, with the goal to produce as much of our own needs as is realistic; bartering surplus as much as possible. We still have so far to go along this goal, however, I’m proud of our progress, and slowly but surely we continue to produce more diversity and create more barter networks. Workaway is an amazing tool to help us with this goal.

    Our goals for the year 2020: It’s time we had a website. I’d like to start with a platform to sell/barter farm goods, and in the future add educational information. Lots and lots of forestry work (see description below), this feeds the goats and our woodbins in a way that nourishes the forest. I’d like to put extra energy this year into this work and to the forest. Install additional electric pastures for the goats and a creative fence around the kitchen garden. Clean out/organize all our various toolshed/toolbox/outbuildings, repairing tools as needed and getting rid of things we don’t need. Complete as many unfinished projects as possible.

    We bought this location 4 1/2 years ago, and after spending a year watching the seasons and their impact on the landscape we began implementing our design plan. We currently have chickens, goats, a small kitchen garden and an older orchard we plan to evolve into a food forest. After a few years on the property it's amazing to see the changes, but there are still so many more projects in our permaculture design plans. Workaway has helped us move forward far faster than we could on our own and we enjoy the social and cultural benefits of having a small community. We are also hosts on other travel sites and have many friends who come for visits.

  • Arten von Arbeit

    Arten von Arbeit

    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
    Sonstige Arbeiten
    Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
    Betreuung von Tieren
    Hilfe mit Computer / Internet

  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    I love to share my knowledge of permaculture, plants and animals, and especially love to share about our design plans and projects. I'm often told how interesting and quirky our homesteading style is. Every step of every day can be a opportunity to learn, observe, ask questions and grow your knowledge. You can specifically learn from your chosen project(s), but can also learn a bit about all the other projects as well. Most of the learning opportunities here are hands on because we are at that stage of the development of out Homestead, but there are many books in my personal library that I highly recommend if you desire reading them in your off time.

    We do a lot of canning, dehydrating and food preservation. We are happy to show you what we do through the seasons as we continue to increase our self sustaining. This can be anything from rendering lard, to harvesting medicinal plants and making tinctures, making cheese, fermenting, making and canning applesauce and fruit butters, making chocolates, or even making mushroom seasoning. It can also mean learning the full process of butchering a chicken. Plucking the feathers for use in art and jewelry, cooking the chicken in the pressure canner and the canning the resulting broth and eating the chicken. (This is fully optional).

    I've put together a nice library of books that impacted me strongly and that I feel share wonderful information. You are welcome to read them. Treat then kindly please, use bookmarks, do not bend them or get them wet.

    We are actively involved in the flow arts and festival community. I spin hula hoop, poi and fans, and also dance with fire and John does fire safety for our local fire troupe. We host a Free Hula Hoop Camp here at the Homestead each fall, (Second week in September) as well as other smaller parties and events. The peace and quiet up here is remarkable, a great place to step off grid and experience living in the woods.

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    These are some of the opportunities for workawayers to learn in a hands on way as they help us stay sustainable.

    1. Chore Help: An opportunity for hands on learning about the basics of homestead and off grid life. Do you desire to live a life similar to ours in your future and want an opportunity to get a feel for our daily life? Your daily actions will be a vital part of our system, helping us to use every resource to its maximum efficiency as well as minimizing our impact on the earth. You will get to interact with and care for our very friendly goats and chickens. Perfect for those who love dogs, you will learn about dogs as a vital part of our homestead, and help meet their need for daily play and grooming. The impacts of off grid life will become clear in your daily work, giving you a little more understanding of living with solar power, water storage and no curbside trash pick up. If you like, this can also be a great opportunity to learn more about the management of a homestead. Great for those who enjoy the meditative actions of cleaning and washing dishes. The ideal candidate follows instruction well, is punctual and meticulous, and communicates well.

    2: Forestry: Our Ridge was unsustainably logged back in the late 50’s/early 60’s. This second growth forest is unhealthily and unsafely overgrown. We are now sustainably thinning and clearing the forest, gently, with a long term goal of helping the forest restore its natural ecosystem. As we cut, we are using the living trees to feed our ever hungry goats, and the dead trees to fill our equally hungry wood boxes. We also use these logs for our many building projects, including a large hugleculture in the kitchen garden. A neat opportunity to see hands on the effect that a healthy clearing can have on the forest ecosystem. If you have chainsaw experience we love that, but it is not required.

    4: Barn Cleanouts and Soil Building: Want to learn more about how we fit the goats and the chickens into our ecosystem in sustainable and regenerative ways? Observe our deep litter system first hand by helping clean out the goat barn and chicken coop. Learn about how we create our incredible soil without attracting wild animals to our compost piles. Participate in building a compost pile and in turning a developing compost pile. We mulch the garden with this amazing compost and you can observe our no till approach to helping nature repair the compacted clay soil.

    5: Pulling weeds can be a fascinating way to observe and manage nature. A weed is just a plant in the wrong place. Learn the names of many plants (and maybe help me learn some names I don't know) and learn those names firmly as you intimately connect with the plants you remove from undesired locations. Sometime we also need help harvesting various herbs and flowers.

    6: Carpentry: Do you have some experience working with wood and desire the opportunity to practice your skills? We have large and small project opportunities for all skill levels.

    7: Composting toilets and Humanure: Everybody Shits. Learn about how we deal with it all. Its not as gross as you might think. The barrels of poop sit and age for awhile before we dump them as one part of a layered hugleculture style bed. Most of the labor for this task is gathering the non-poop hugleculture layers, the logs, sticks and dirt. Eventually these garden beds will be covered in beneficial and medicinal flowers.

    8. Computer Help: I’m ready to set up a website, but don’t have the time to do it. Looking to start with a platform for selling farm goods, and eventually add educational content.

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  • Unterkunft


    Accommodation options:

    Glamping Tent(s): This is an extra large tent, tall enough to stand in. This space can be set up with a large bed for a couple, or with two twin beds. The tent is set up on a flat and shady space next to the covered outdoor kitchen. There are 2 smaller individual tents also available, each containing a twin mattress and bedding. Tents are set up with comfortable raised mattresses, pillows, sheets and blankets. Bedding is washed between workawayers.

    Loft: There is a bed with bedding in the loft of the main house. Its an open concept space, so not a separate room, but is still fairly private. Expect pet visitors, Simba considers this his space, and he loves company. This space has limited availability, it’s used mostly by visiting friends and for helpers who come in the colder months for shorter visits, as we value our alone time.

    Own gear: If you have your own gear, that’s great!! There is a large flat spot for parking a camper van not far from toilets and the outdoor kitchen, and several options for flat spots where helpers can set up their own tents. There is a plethora of trees for hammocks as well if that is your gear of choice. Also an option for use of the private gravel RV pad, but no hookups or sewage way out there, if use of this spot is desired, you must have a fully self contained rig.

    Primitive Cabin: [FULL] This rustic one room cabin is about a half mile walk down the hill from the main house. It is heated with a wood stove, and has a basic solar lamp for light. No power or running water. There is a composting toilet a short walk away. There are two beds in the cabin, a twin and a full size, as well as bedding.
    (This is currently occupied with long term helpers)


    Communal meal: 6 days a week, we serve one communal meal, usually lunch. You can expect this meal to be delicious, organic, locally sourced, grown on the Homestead, humanly raised, and/or nutrient dense. John is an excellent cook, the meals here are very delicious. Happy to accommodate all diet preferences. (FYI we do eat meat here, and raise animals to do so. But we are happy to be respectful about it and are accommodating to all diet preferences). Helpers who enjoy cooking are encouraged to participate, we love the diversity of trying new meals.

    Helper food: In addition to the communal meal, we provide some groceries. We purchase these organic food items in bulk - rice, oats, beans, lentils, sunflower seeds, flour, sugar, olive oil, and vinegar (white and apple cider types). In addition to the bulk foods, we also stock the helper cupboard with assorted canned foods like vegetables, refried beans, vegetable oil, pasta sauce and tomato paste. We also stock pasta noodles. The selection of canned foods and pasta noodles will vary and is not organic. If you desire other food stuffs for your personal meals you will need to purchase that yourself. Please note that fresh vegetables are not on this list, you will need to purchase that yourself.

    Helper Facilities:

    Outdoor Camp Kitchen: There is a covered outdoor kitchen where the helpers cook their meals. You will have access to lots of counter space, a communal camp stove, pots pans and dishware, as well as a deep sink with running water, gravity fed from the rainwater tanks. There is a secure cupboard for food storage. Greywater safe soap and propane is provided.

    Food Storage: There is a fridge in the main house that you are welcome to store perishables in. Freezer space is very limited/nonexistent. There is a cupboard for food storage in the outdoor kitchen as well as a counter in the main house for additional food storage. Currently we have not been having animal problems in the outdoor food storage, but it is vital all food products and scraps are immediately cleaned up and put away, and dishes washed asap to keep it this way.

    Trash: We do not have trash service. YOU are responsible for ALL of the trash and recycling that you produce. You must take it to town and throw it away at a gas station or grocery store. There is a recycling bin at Mariposa Market. Please follow this rule, even if you don’t have a car you are still responsible for your trash. Don’t leave it behind or put it in the trash cans at the main house, instead take it to town and throw it away yourself.

    Showers: There is a outdoor shower available, it’s nothing fancy, but it’s clean, and the water runs through black tubing so you can get a hot shower at the right time of day. Please use greywater safe products, the shower water goes down to Bloody Run (the creek at the bottom of the property) and then into the Eel River Watershed. Please be sure ALL your personal care products are biodegradable. This includes shampoo and conditioner, bug spray, lotion, makeup etc. Greywater safe soap is provided, but please provide your own towels. There is also a heated shower in the main house that you are welcome to use when it is cold. This shower also requires greywater safe products.

    Toilets: There are 2 sets of compost toilets down on the logging road, please follow the instructions in each specific toilet. There is another compost toilet on the front of the main house, and a “normal” septic toilet inside. Again, follow the posted instructions for toilet use. Use the compost toilets as much as possible, the house septic system was designed for use by only 2 people. Peeing in the woods is encouraged, but please poop in provided toilets.

    We are 25 minutes drive from town, and there is no public transportation to our house. Please inform me if you do not have your own vehicle. We make trips to town 1-2 times a week and you are welcome to ride along when we go. Please purchase your personal food/tobacco/etc before you head out here (we can go to the store when picking you up) if you don't have your own car, we do limit our trips to town. We will gladly pick you up and drop you off in Willits at the bus stop (or the ideal hitch hiking spot).

    We have 22 acres of woods, mostly steep hillsides, but there are some established paths and roads to take for walks. Try to keep to a Leave No Trace attitude when hiking in the woods. Google that if you don't know what Leave No Trace means. Please do your best to stay on our property or on the dirt road, the neighbors do not appreciate visitors.

    It generally does not work out when people bring their pets. Even well behaved pets can upset the balance here, my dog Zoey is very territorial in her job as farm protector. If you think your pet might be the rare exception, feel free to convince me to change my mind, it can happen. Tell me your pets favorite game so I know you read this far and acknowledge you are asking to discuss a rare exception.

    We do not have wifi up here. Seriously, NO WIFI. Cell service is poor at the property with the exceptions of US Cellular and Verizon. You can walk up the road a short bit to overflow parking where reception is better for other carriers. (A short walk further down the road is a stunning spot to view the sunset.) I can briefly hot spot from my phone if needed, but only for quick messages, my data does have a limit. There is free wifi in town at the Library and at McDonalds.

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    As you might guess, sometimes we can have more interested people than we can accommodate. Please be serious when contacting me and clear in your needs, expectations and plans (or lack of plans😉). Long and thoughtful emails with proper sentences and punctuation are a great way to catch my attention. Seriously, please give me at least 6 sentences. Seriously. If your initial message to me is less than 6 sentences I will tell you that you are not following instructions. Reading this whole thing before asking questions is also appreciated. I’m currently working multiple jobs (cause farm life doesn’t pay the bills 🤷🏽‍♀️... yet...) so please respect my time and communicate clearly. If your plans change or you choose a different host please let me know. Please don't be that person that I say yes to and then never hear from again. Others are likely interested in the opportunity to come up here, and your clear communication helps make this flow smoothly for all.

    If you aren’t ready to commit yet, but want more information first, shoot me an email asking for more info, I can link you to all our social media sites so you can learn more about us that way. I’m also happy to answer any questions you might have.

    We are not your parents. We expect you to arrive for daily chores on time, we expect you to do the work requested of you, we expect you to keep your stuff contained in your own space, we expect you to provide your own tobacco, coffee and other needs, we don't want to nag you to get your tasks completed, we don't want to keep reminding you to follow house rules, and we expect you to take good care of our tools, using them properly and putting them away at the end of the day. Please plan on behaving like a mature adult who is responsible for their own needs, cleans up after themselves, and respects others personal space and needs. I personally thrive on alone time and appreciate a few quiet hours alone in the morning as well as in the evening.

    Communication is extremely important to me. Please tell me if your plans change.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read all of this. We greatly enjoy the workaway experience!

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    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

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    5 hours a day, 5 days a week maximum

Lily with baby Tink R Bell
Making Oyster mushroom buckets
Wild Combs Tooth "Hericium Coralloides"
Fermenting citrus
Zoey and Emma
This compost toilet build was a fun project. Big thanks to Silver and Egon from Estonia.
Communal Kitchen

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