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(10-10-21) Update. Our next available opening is presently unknown. Suzanne is still recovering from radiation treatment. Both of us are fully vaccinated. We are finishing up the season harvest of tomatillos, Pablanos, Jalapeños, Padrones, Anaheims and Bell peppers. We invite your inquiries and look forward to hearing from you.
Imagine yourself on a 5-acre farm that includes several raised vegetable beds, a greenhouse with summer vegetables, a blueberry and raspberry patch, a swimming pond, a fenced pasture for 8 sheep and 30 chickens, many varieties of fruit and nut trees, shrubs and flowers, living in a tiny house. Sustainability is our philosophy, and permaculture is our approach. This farm is nestled in the Willamette Valley, close to the cities of Salem, McMinnville and Corvallis. We prefer independent soul(s) for a longer stay. Of course, if it's not a good fit, either party can say so. In April and May. we are planting seeds and transplanting to the garden. Weeding flower beds, weed whacking with a weed eater, fence mending, blackberry eradication, monitoring irrigation, brush removal, and landscaping are ongoing. July through September food preservation and processing occur. Drying apples, pears, and spearmint and other herbs. Summer presents opportunties for brush removal, and additional tree pruning. We have a persimmons tree and a couple of Italian Cypress that need planting, and need to instal a woven wire fence around them to keep the sheep from eating them. Planting of Winter greens and garlic happens in August and September, as well as food processing. In the Fall we make cider, drying apples and pears, making jelly and apple butter; canning salsas and tomato sauces. roasting peppers and freezing eggplant. A major project is installing a water outlet for the garden. Currently the main feed is from the lake.
We can host two people. The tiny house has two bunks, in two lofts, on opposite ends. One bunk has a double bed, the other a single bed. The couch can turn into a double bed if you have guests. An underground 50 amp electrical service, and permanent ethernet cable mean you will have use of a full sized electric stove and oven, full sized refrigerator and high speed internet in the tiny house. There is an 6 burner outdoor grill for your use. The tiny house has a well equipped kitchen with most every utensil and appliance you can think of, a bathroom sink, shower, washer, dryer and composting toilet. The view from the tiny house is of the garden and small lake that lies beyond. There is an outdoor table and chairs next to the tiny house for your use, and a large picnic table and campsite by the dock. You have privacy. There's also a fire pit in the back yard. The garden landscape photos in the profile are recent. We have a new pup, an English Shepherd, who doesn't like cats. This breed is protective and usually doesn't get along with other dogs. This new pup is scheduled for a board and train program. We cannot accommodate another dog though we love dogs.
Both David and Suzanne have masters degrees, in psychology and community development respectively. David owned and developed a vineyard and winery, grew up on a farm, and worked as a social worker with Children's Services. Suzanne has been a farmers market manager, worked for the post office, and built the tiny house. David has two grown daughters, Suzanne has two grown sons, all of whom live and work elsewhere. We both have a wealth of information and experiences, and are happy to share when asked. We are sources of information on farming, permaculture, gardening, irrigation, marketing, food preservation, and a variety of other topics, some esoteric. Your presence is helpful as we are both in our 60's. We welcome your help. The main house has a large, beautifully remodeled kitchen and great room.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
On our farm there is the opportunity to learn the basics of having your own garden and small animal stewardship. We are also canning through out the year and butcher our own meat (in July/August). Our small farm is a good place to gain experience to feel confident to start up your own sustainable natural place. We are adaptive to your level of experience and knowledge. Whether beginner or expert, young or old, we have opportunities for you to contribute, to feel self fulfilled, appreciated, grounded and connected.
Nature is our mentor.
We are all stewards of the earth.
We grow and learn,
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are not offering meals with this arrangement because of the many different kinds of dietary needs of people. The tiny house has a well equipped kitchen and a large outdoor grill. You would be welcome to share in the garden’s surplus when we have it. Having a vehicle is a bonus and gives you the freedom to explore Oregon. We have parking for two cars or trucks. Western Oregon University is in Monmouth. Oregon State University, a land grant university, is in Corvallis. Willamette University, a private college, is in Salem. Bring your appetite for food, work, laughter and relaxation. This is a great place to do Yoga, dance, draw, write, read and muse upon the bounty and beauty that surrounds.
We are friendly folks, live a fairly quiet life, enjoy laughter, love gardening, cooking, music, and meeting new people. You can set your own break times as long as the determined tasks are completed. Your flexibility in order to get certain tasks accomplished, like planting, harvesting and processing in the same day, is necessary. In exchange, during less demanding times, you will be able to take 4 or 5 days off.
Please let us know your level of experience in agriculture, of your interests and desires, hopes and dreams. If you have them, please provide photos of your Work Away or other outdoors experiences, with you in the photo, of course! Gardening experience is helpful, but not imperative. The desire to help plants grow is. We can teach you about many aspects of small scale farming, animal care, food processing, and permaculture . Skills are a bonus! Please tell us about any other experience or skills you have! Tell us what you'd like to learn! Running a weed eater or riding lawn mower. weed whacking, cooking, carpentry, wood cutting stacking and splitting. Butchering, cleaning barns, brush clearing. Caring for critters, irrigation, permaculture. Designing labels for value added produce. Learning/practicing your Spanish. Tell us what you love!
You would be able to stay in a tiny house on wheels, located in a corner of the property behind the main house. There's a small seasonal creek flowing after winter rains arrive and into July. There is a six burner outdoor grill for your use, outdoor table, chairs, and chase lounges. There are two separate upstairs lofts on opposite ends of the house. There is the sofa, a dining table and a writing table, kitchen and bath room with shower stall and closet space. The food arrangement is that the work away volunteer is welcome to partake of the gardens and the eggs. Right now, there are extra eggs regularly. In the Winter, not so much. There are staples such as oils, spices, teas, condiments, grains, etc. in the cupboards. Boots and work clothes are needed. Bring a hat and work pants old clothes in general. The new puppy, Strider, is a bit unruly and your clothes may suffer, but he will have some fun playing in the yard. He's going to dog training school Aug. 30. and will be away for 6 weeks. Wet and cool weather gear is needed in Winter and Spring. Summers are warm with cool nights, usually in the 50's. We provide gloves and encouragement.
We are an hour away from the ocean (Newport, Yaquina Bay), and 30 to 35 minutes west of Salem, North of Corvallis, South of McMinnville. Portland and Eugene are one hour and 15 minutes away. Wineries surround us up and down the valley. The Willamette river is 7 miles. The mountains are an hour to the East, the high desert, obsidian fields, skiing, rock climbing, white water rafting, and many other adventure opportunities abound.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We ask for 25 hours a week. You are welcome to stay on for the rest of the week in the tiny house lodging.
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