Hello! We are a married couple, in our late 30's and early 40's, with a 7 year old son. We live in Mendocino county on land that has been in my family since 1969. We have built a straw bale home and are working on creating our dream homestead. We are advocates for organic and sustainable living. We value living in nature and enjoying the beauty and gifts that provides. We have been working towards creating a homestead that provides food, fun, a peaceful retreat, learning opportunities, as well as being a sanctuary for family and friends.
We have dairy goats, chickens, dogs, cats and one free roaming peahen. We have two vegetable/herb gardens and some young fruit trees. We also have a pond which provides swimming and agricultural water through most of the year. Our homestead is in the mountains so there is still a sense of the rugged lifestyle and adventure that comes with living in a rural environment. We are 'off-grid' so we get our power mostly from solar. We still live a semi rustic lifestyle even though we have a straw bale home and so we like to warn people that they should be comfortable with some elements of rugged living i.e. oil lamps, dirt roads, outhouses, outdoor showers etc.
We cut our own firewood, gather wild herbs and play in the forest as much as possible! We still maintain the 'back to the land' feel that brought our first family members here. Our place is in the beginning stages of evolution so there is so much to do to contribute to the healthy and sustainable development of this awesome vision!
I am a certified herbalist, Rebirther and passionate Mother. My husband is a carpenter, artist, musician and wizard of all trades. Our Son is very open, engaging and social. It's important to us that those interested in staying with us have a love and appreciation for children and are comfortable relating and interacting with them.
Our passions/talents range from organic/biodynamic gardening, permaculture, herbal medicine, spiritual exploration, music making, celebration of the seasons and cycles, environmentalism, community building, art, dance, Waldorf education, carpentry, animal husbandry, to all things farm related. We appreciate humor, generosity, kindness and curiosity and try to foster those attributes throughout our daily lives! Thanks for checking us out!
*️️️️️We are always looking for help with building and house projects. Some of the things we'd like to get started are converting a small shed into a little sleeping pace with loft. Building an outdoor covered kitchen. Lime plastering a bathroom and installing a tub/shower. Building an outdoor cob oven...or two. Please reach out if you have experience in those realms and want to have some fun! Other wise we start with the gardening season again in March :)
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We can offer a learning experience in organic gardening, herbal medicine, carpentry, animal husbandry, living 'off grid'. We can offer the experience of living a rural life in the hills of northern ca, in a small artistic and historically rich community. We live in a town and community that has many farmers, artists, activists and old ranching families with deep roots and a love for this beautiful and unique area.
We need help with the day to day farm/garden chores i.e. watering, weeding, feeding livestock, cleaning pens etc. Help with planting/harvesting, irrigation, housework, animal care, cutting firewood, building fences, new animal enclosures and small structures...and just about everything in between!
We have a small single room geodesic dome structure with a full bed. We also have many beautiful spots for camping, with tents available.
There is food from the gardens and eggs from the chickens available. Meals will either be communal or 'make your own' style depending on the day and what we all have going on. We provide staples for meal making, any extras or specialty items you must provide yourself, like coffee, desserts, snacks, treats etc.
We appreciate slow mellow mornings and so we provide a camp cookstove and accessories for you to enjoy breakfast and a hot morning drink at your space.
Our town is a small vibrant bustling community with many fun options to explore during down time, like swimming in the river, hiking on a redwood trail, museum, great bookstore, art gallery, library, small theater, movie house, farmer's market, community documentary nights, farmers gatherings, fun local pub and cider house with great local musical talent and many other cool things to explore!
We have been hosting volunteers for the past 5 years and have found it to be a fun and enriching experience for all. Many who have visited come to love the area and either extend their stay or come again. We strive to create a mellow fun environment for our family and for those visiting!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week