Homesteading and herbalism in Southern Oregon, USA

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United States

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi there! My name is Stella and I have a 5 acre homestead in southern Oregon.

    The focus is to create a connection to spirit through the plants, foods and medicines.
    I feel passionate about living simply and letting the beauty and wisdom of nature mimic as much of my life as possible. I am an herbalist and documentary photographer. I have travelled all over the world, fought wild land forest fires and helped birth babies.
    While I am no stranger to hard work, I also value self care and emotional/physical awareness and well being. I encourage people around me to both bust ass and work hard and focused when we are working and take care of themselves in time off.

    I feel inspired to grow enough food and medicine with the goal of sustaining through the winter and supporting myself, my land stewards and having abundance to share with friends and family.
    * workaway disclaimer- None of the produce from here is for sale

    I am the main resident and share the farmhouse with Kava, the cat, and Yara the pup. There is also a temple/sanctuary space, an outdoor kitchen, outdoor shower and composting toilet.

    The land is a beautiful mix of old growth Oak and Madrone trees and open meadows. There is a seasonal creek and pond that bring in lots of wildlife and birds. The 1/2 acre vegetable, flower and medicinal herb garden is in the center of the land with a magical greenhouse. I am passionate about creating beautiful and playful spaces.

    There is a yurt/temple available for meditation, yoga, or other healing arts you would like to practice.


    It has been incredible and inspiring to see how this vision is coming to life and who is being called in to be apart of it.



    Skills we are looking for in workawayers-

    Presence and enjoyment with the task at hand, joyful, clear communication, a humble and open attitude and willingness to learn new things. Common sense, and situational awareness, independent thinker and ability to see what needs to be done.
    Building/carpentry- natural building a plus!
    Use and maintenance of machinery/tools such as- chop saw, skill saw , tractor, chainsaw, etc etc
    Permaculture/Farming/Gardening experience- composting, watering, seeding, etc etc.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We all have so much to learn from each other. I am excited to share the wisdom I have gained from other cultures in my travels to over 19 countries and so excited to learn more. I will never tire of learning new things, especially about other ways of living. You will surely learn about plants and herbalism, land tending and maintenance.

    If anyone is interested in photography, I'm an open book and love to play both in and out of the studio. You will surely leave here with some great pictures of yourself ;).
    This land is a healing place and many people leave feeling touched and transformed by being here.

  • Help

    Help

    BUILDING PROJECTS-
    AIRSTREAM- Renovating an airstream- It is gutted and has a woodstove and clawfoot bath tub. We have started installing the floor. projects with this include- finishing the floor, putting in wainscotting, building out cabinetry and bed nook, hooking up solar and on demand hot water heater. This is an exciting project for me that I intend to use for personal travel and creative space.

    ONGOING-Arbors, benches, and altars around the property. I am also slowly remodeling and repairing the main house, projects range from bigger things like a kitchen remodel to simple light fixture replacements, shelving and painting.

    GARDEN- weeding, compost tea, planting, seeding, more weeding, transplanting, more weeding, harvesting, drying herbs, canning & preserving, turning compost piles etc etc

    ANIMALS- Right now I just have chickens, but would like to eventually incorporate goats or sheep and horses.

    LAND MAINTENANCE- repairing fencing, planting a living fence with medicinal and ornamental shrubs and bamboo, fruit and nut tree planting, mowing & weed whacking, brush clearing, splitting wood, building forest & land alters.

    ART STUDIO- helping with photography projects, matting and framing, cleaning old windows, organizing the studio.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    I offer-
    2 canvas tents one with a full size bed and one with a twin, both with rugs and a shelf to keep things on.
    And then various beautiful spots on the land for camping with your own gear.
    There is an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor shower and composting toilet.

    I provide basic staples such as rice, beans, oils, vinegar, tamari etc etc. And then an abundance of veggies from the garden. Things are just starting to ripen and be abundant, tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, cabbage, brocolli, onion, beets, turnips, kale, collards, salad greens, arugula, cilantro, basil, carrots, many medicinal herbs, and lots of flowers emerging.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is wifi and pretty good cell reception with certain companies like verizon, tmobile, and us cellular.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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