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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. 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 are looking for an independent soul for a few weeks to help in the continued planting of crops, weeding, fence mending, blackberry eradication, monitoring irrigation and much more. The needs change with the progression of the season. You would be able to stay in a tiny house on wheels with electric outlets for a toaster oven, microwave, small fridge, hot water kettle and fans. There is an outdoor grill for your use. The tiny house has cold water for the kitchen and bathroom sink/shower. Hot showers are available in the main house. The tiny house has a composting toilet. You have use of a washer and dryer. The garden landscape photos in the profile are recent.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
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. There is wisdom in listening to, in observing nature. In nature we grow.
We need help with landscape maintenance and gardening. We are not offering meals with this arrangement because of the fewer hours of work requested. You need to provide for and cook your own meals. You would be welcome to share in the garden’s surplus when we have it. We can give you a ride to town for groceries and on your days off. It's five miles away. Bus transportation is available from Monmouth to Salem and Dallas. We have parking if you choose to drive.
We are friendly folks, live a fairly quiet life, enjoy laughter, love gardening, cooking, music, and meeting new people. One of us is an early nighter as Suzanne works early at the post office. You can set your own break times as long as the determined tasks are completed.
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 additional 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!
English and Spansh
You would be able to stay in a tiny house on wheels with electric outlets for a toaster oven, microwave, small fridge, hot water kettle and fans. There is also an outdoor grill for your use. The tiny house has cold water for the kitchen and bathroom sink/shower. Hot showers are available in the main house. The tiny house has a composting toilet. You have use of a washer and dryer. The tiny house is located on the edge of the garden and you'll have a great view from the multitude of windows. The upstairs loft includes a full-sized bed, and the sofa folds out to be a full sized bed as well with custom cushions. There is the sofa, a dining or study table, kitchen and bath room with shower stall and plenty of closet space. The food arrangement is that the work away volunteer is welcome to partake of the gardens and the eggs that the chickens are producing. The rest of the meal ingredients are to be bought by the volunteer. There are staples such as oils, spices, etc. in the cupboards. The tiny house provides privacy and a place for you to be yourself.
We can host for periods of a week to the whole of Spring, Summer and Fall. We would like 5 day’s advance notice to book a Work Away volunteer. Boots and work clothes are needed. Bring a hat and light colored long-sleeves with pants to keep your skin protected in the sun.
We are an hour away from the coast (Newport), and 30 to 45 minutes west of Salem. Portland is one hour and 15 minutes away. Wineries surround us up and down the valley. The mountains are an hour and a half away. The high desert is 2 ½ hours from the farm. The farm has been a magnet for the Workaway person who is now a roommate, permanent resident and friend, Suzanne. There is a bus service in nearby Dallas that serves Salem, and then everywhere else. Suzanne goes into Dallas almost daily, so it is easy to catch the bus there.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
We ask for 20 hours a week. You are welcome to stay on for the rest of the week in the tiny house lodging.