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Hi there! Welcome to our small, non-commercial farm, located on 5 beautiful acres in the countryside! On our small farm there are several raised beds, a greenhouse, summer vegetables, a blueberry and raspberry patch, and a swimming pond. Strider is our beloved 2 year old English Shepherd! This means we cannot have pup visitors during your experience here. Most of the farm is a fenced pasture for 6 sheep and 30 to 40 chickens and several varieties of fruit trees. There is a symbiotic relationship between the sheep, chickens, fruit trees, and the small lake. Think sustainable living and farming. Our home and garden are surrounded by perennial plantings of herbs and flowers. Much of the food and herbs we eat are grown here. We share excess harvest with neighbors and Workawayer guests! Sustainability is our philosophy, and permaculture is our approach. The farm is nestled in the central Willamette Valley, close to the cities of Salem, McMinnville, and Corvallis; Portland and Eugene are not far. Eastern Oregon is a beautiful high desert with lava fields, forests and ski resorts.
David has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and has stories to share. With a masters degree in psychology he has worked as a social worker with Children's Services, developed a vineyard and then a winery, constructed his home and winery, then remodeled and developed this diverse and sustainable homestead.
With a wealth of information and experiences, there is here sources and resources of information on farming, permaculture, gardening, irrigation, marketing, food preservation. Your presence is helpful as I am of an age where a desire to share this with is important to me.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesArt ProjectsHelp with Eco ProjectsElderly CompanionshipGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
Whether from the USA or another country, we value, respect and provide an open, receptive and supportive environment for the exchange of culture and knowledge.
In this quiet setting, you can be a part of a cohesive community, while also feeling recognized as a unique individual. Guests who spend time here generally leave having gained knowledge, knowing their work and contributions have been valued, and an expanded skill set, better equipped to continue their journey. Your happiness is our reward! (Feel free to check out the reviews left from past guests.)
I enjoy sharing equally as learning from you, welcome you to share your interests, experiences and knowledge. This exchange is mutually beneficial. Here, exists the opportunity to feel appreciated, grounded and connected while exploring your relationship to Nature.
Learning to live in balance
Patience and perseverance.
Nature is our mentor.
We are all stewards of the earth.
Through listening, and
We grow and learn,
First of all, you must be fully vaccinated and boosted. A photo of your card is required.
Currently, our immediate need is for harvesting and processing tomatoes, peppers, apples and pears. There is a small farm stand where eggs, salsa, hot sauce, pear butter, apple butter, and fresh veggies are sold when in season. Fresh produce from the gardens needs to be canned, frozen. Fresh produce also is sold in the farm stand
Winter time is pruning time. Vines, fruit trees, blackberries and hedges all benefit. March and April is seed planting time. April and May we are direct seeding, weeding flower beds, weed whacking with a weed eater, fence mending, blackberry eradication, addressing irrigation needs, brush removal, and landscaping and maintenance projects are ongoing throughout the Summer. Food preservation and processing occur mostly in June, Sept, Oct. and Nov. We dry apples, pears, and spearmint and other herbs. Planting of Winter greens and garlic happens in August and Early Sept. In the Fall we may make cider, jellies and butters; can salsas, hot sauce and tomato sauces; roast peppers and freeze eggplant, peas, and beans. Excess fresh produce is shared with guests.
During harvest, you will stay in the main house. You will have your own fully furnished bedroom with dresser, bed, desk and closet. You will have access to shared living and dining spaces in the house.
Currently, the tiny house is occupied by two workaway couple. However, I am also looking for a full time farm worker who will stay long term in the tiny house.
The tiny house. It is located on the property behind the main house. It has a sofa, a small dining table and desk, well equipped kitchen and bathroom with shower stall and composting toilet. There is a full sized electric stove and oven, full sized refrigerator, two beds in separate lofts, and high speed internet. There is also an outdoor table and chairs, large grill, chaise lounges, and a fire pit. The tiny house overlooks the garden and pond!
There is no smoking in either house. Smoking outdoors is OK. I am 420 friendly.
What else ...
It is an hour away from the ocean (both the cities of Newport, Lincoln City, and Pacific City), 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 away. The mountains are an hour to the East, the high desert, obsidian fields, skiing, rock climbing, white water rafting, and many other adventures await you.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
There is a router in the main house and tiny house with speeds up to 60 mbs. Cell reception is spotty.
How many Workawayers can stay?
25 hours a week.
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Hay dedicación y cariño en cada rincón...hay que ayudar sin que te lo pidan,siempre se puede hacer mas...y respetar el lugar..ellos lo merecen tienen un paraíso.
We stayed in the tiny house, which is very well built and fits a surprising amount of storage space and facilities. It feels a lot bigger on the inside than it looks on the
During my stay, I mended fences, fixed irrigation/pump leaks, weeded, planted, baited for rodents, filled in gopher holes, and did all the morning and evening chores (walking Strider, feeding sheep/ chickens, and getting them out for the morning and in for the night, watering
Both David and Suzanne are delightful people. I felt very welcomed, respected and cared-for throughout my entire stay. (One week)
If it’s food and
On the day I arrived I dug out potatoes and weeded the garden beds. Suzanne gave me a zucchini