Homesteading and Herbalism in Southern Oregon, USA

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    22/10/2019

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi there! We are a 5 acre homestead in southern Oregon with a focus on creating a healing space to grow food, medicine and connection to spirit.
    I am currently giving priority to people wanting to stay for the entire season from April- Sept. Skills most useful to me now are builders/carpenters and previous farming/living on the land/ranch experience.

    My name is Stella and I bought this land 4 years ago. I am excited to grow as much food and medicine as possible for myself, my land stewards and neighbors/family.

    I feel passionate about living simply and letting the beauty and wisdom of nature mimic as much of my life as possible. I am a visioner and this land is the canvas that is allowing my dreams to come alive and thrive. 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 take care of themselves.

    I am the main resident and share the farmhouse with Kava, the cat. Although, I am building spaces for more people to live here through the winter. There is also a temple/sanctuary space, a tiny cabin and then the volunteer spaces, including the 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 large pond that brings in lots of wildlife and birds. The 1/4 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.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • 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, how to grow, wild craft, and make medicine. In my time "off" I am usually out exploring the hills around here and happy to bring people along and introduce to all the allies of the forest.
    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-
    TINY CABIN- Building kitchen counters and installing sink, and stove. building out a bed nook. building a deck and installing an outdoor soaking tub.
    AIRSTREAM-Converting an airstream to an off grid tiny house- 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.
    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- come spring--- including weeding, building more beds, compost tea, planting, seeding, more weeding, transplanting, more weeding, harvesting, drying herbs, canning & preserving, turning compost piles.

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

    WEBSITE/SOCIAL MEDIA- Currently in need of a graphic designer for labels on medicinal products. Photography website re-design. If someone was a great writer I would love help with weekly blog posts.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, some French and Spanish.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    I offer a couple different options for housing.
    There is a simple, rustic and beautiful "indoor/outdoor house". Its a three walled pole barn with wood floor and electricity. Its super sweet, with a bed, a desk and shelving.
    There is the Gypsy Wagon. A hand built charming wooden and pop up top camper. Its got a full size bed, electricity and its own little sink. Very charming.
    And then various beautiful spots on the land for camping.
    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 ...

    The land here has wifi and pretty good cell reception with certain companies like verizon, tmobile, and us cellular.

    Williams is a very small and remote town but with a vibrant community. There are a lot of other local organic csa farms, a seed farm, and ayurvedic herbalism school, and the world renowned Herb Pharm within a 5 mile radius. The abundance of all these amazing farms brings in a diverse and beautiful people! There are yoga, dance and various art classes here. A small natural grocery and garden store, a post office, a couple restaurants and the monthly pancake breakfast!
    This valley is a hub for farming, music, culture festivals, wine tasting and world renowned river sports.
    We are about an hour from Ashland an alternatively rich and vibrant university town who's claim to fame is the Shakespear Festival. In the summer months, Jacksonville, a ridiculously quaint little town about 40 minutes from here, hosts the Britt Festival, which brings in amazing musicians like Buena Vista Social Club, Michael Franti and Elephant Revival. Grants Pass is the nearest city and is about 20 minutes away.

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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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 hours a day, 6 days a week

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