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Help us with some restoration projects at our ocean view homestead originally established as a dairy farm in 1870, and reestablished by us in 2018. We have 3 acres on the rugged Mendocino coast. We recently moved to the country from Southern California and we are looking for someone to help us take care of our chickens, bees, dog, cat, and garden, and whatever other projects we dream up. We could use a little help planning and maintaining our homestead, in addition to miscellaneous other chores around the house. There will also be some yard work, brush clearance, cooking (if you want), reclaiming old lumber and planting a garden. There is such a variety of things to do around here, we will put your talents to good use! We would be grateful for about 3 hours per day (5 days per week) working on these tasks.
In exchange, we offer a comfortable room, shared bath, home cooked meals and the company of our ever-expanding menagerie of critters. Breakfast and lunch food will be available on self-serve basis (we provide groceries, of course) and one home-cooked dinner will be prepared 5 days a week. Our ranch house sits on a bluff overlooking the ocean and comes with gated beach access. We have fast internet, which is uncommon in this remote area. Redwoods surround us. We are in between Elk and Point Arena, about a half mile from the ocean. There are many activities for the outdoors enthusiast, so bring your hiking boots and surfboard!
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
The Mendocino coast is one of the most beautiful places in the world, but it is also remote. We are a 1.5 hour drive from the nearest "big town" of Ukiah (population 15,000), so it is important to be self-sufficient, yet understand the value of community. You can't do it alone out here! I think travelers will learn how to work collaboratively, and see what rural America looks like. At the same time, we are three hours from San Francisco, so the big-city vibe is within reach (August 2020 update: Trips to SF are discouraged at this time, due to Covid). Suzy and Rod are from diverse backgrounds--she is a midwestern gal, and he is from Cuba. It's a win-win: Everybody has something to contribute, and we all have something to learn.
There are too many items to list! This had been a 200+ acre dairy farm from 1870 to 1966, then we bought the last three acres (plus nine old-growth redwood outbuildings!) in 2018. The "deferred maintenance" list is overwhelming, in addition to the projects we want to start. About half of your time will be spent on tasks such as brush clearance and running fence, but the other half will be tasks that will be more "interesting." What is your talent? Building, animal care, small engine repair, working with reclaimed lumber? Sewing, canning, social media, organizing, horticulture? We can keep you occupied with something that you will find engaging and worthwhile. Specifically, you will be asked to do the following: brush clearance (no chainsaw work), tending to garden, feeding chickens collecting eggs, feeding dogs, various repair/maintenance projects within your skill set, painting, help shopping for and cooking supper, canning, clean and maintain tools.
You will have a small bedroom, with wifi, queen bed, dresser, and closet. Wifi is great. You may have your own bathroom, depending on if we have another Workaway guest or not. We reserve the right to use it if the other bathrooms are occupied, but we won't be using the shower in there.
You will be provided breakfast and lunch on a self-serve basis (groceries are provided; you won't have to buy food), dinner will be a home cooked meal 5 days per week. Guests are welcome to take part in meal preparation, but it is not required. Help with kitchen cleanup is always appreciated!
This is a remote location, so you won't be able to walk anywhere, except to the beach. You MUST have your own car. When we go to "town" (Fort Bragg, Point Arena, Ukiah, etc.), you are welcome to come with us. There is plenty of hiking and surfing here, but a three-hour drive from San Francisco or Oakland.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Our internet is pretty good here. It's fast enough for streaming, gaming, and working online.
Vans are OK, but nothing bigger.
3 hours per day 5 days a week
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