Help with Organic Gardening, building, landscaping and creative assistance near San Francisco, USA

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  2022 

 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

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  • Description

    Description

    >> All applicants must have followed stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines for at least 7 days prior to a visit, or self-quarantine in our camper for7 days, or take the COVID test before arrival. One month is a minimum staying with us<<

    The location is in a residential neighborhood. It is a quiet area with beautiful views of the mountains in the distance. There is an organic garden, a big, lovely kitchen stocked with gourmet international food. We all take turns cooking and cleaning as part of living together. I am a self-taught gourmet chef and love creating exciting dishes at least 2 to 4 times a week. I also like learning from others. There is a variety of projects at our homestead from helping with mechanical projects to terracing the hillside!

    ABOUT YOUR HOSTS:
    Your host Dao and Jud are a ‘young at heart couple:
    DAO, from Thailand, enjoys fine wine and cooking healthy food. You will often find her planting organic vegetables in the garden or reading travel magazines on the couch. She loves happy hours, listening to Latin music, and Salsa dancing. She used to work for the British Government and has excellent listening and hospitality skills. She comes from a large family and loves meeting and connecting with people from different backgrounds. Also, she enjoys her downtimes as well by doing yoga and meditation at her spirit house.
    JUD is an event company owner and an international travel guide who understands hospitality and entertainment. He loves to invent new products and always has new ideas. He has a product design background, and an art background inherited from his parents. His father is a famous sculptor from Mendocino and his mother was an art professor and historian / at UCLA. Jud loves art and photography and you will see some of our work from our trips on the walls.

    WHAT WE DO:
    Research and practice sustainable garden is our passion and a never-ending relentless journey! Medicinal herb gardens, seasonal vegetables, fruit trees, native Californian plants, and plants that provide food and shelter for birds and bees Connect people, community, and health at a personal level so that everyone regardless of their economic status can have access to fresh, nutritious vegetables and fruits.

    WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
    Handyman and Landscape Skills through Hands-on work *Green House Construction *Sustainability * High-Quality * Organic * Affordable * Skill Building * Reuse * Reduce and Recycle Waste * Native Species * Natural Plant Foods * Research * Support Local Farms * Support Local Gardeners * Compost * Living Soil * Worms
    In general, we are a boutique garden that will allow volunteers to get involved in a number of different projects instead of largely repetitive work throughout a season. Depending on your interest and skills, the projects to be involved include farming, landscaping, handyman repair & remodeling, DIY repurposed & recycled materials, composting, etc. We are also looking for people that are skilled in computers, editing videos, websites, social media, etc., and those looking to enjoy the outdoors and help with gardening, tile projects, electrical, etc.

    WHERE WE ARE:
    Wellness & Retreat Garden - a 0.2-acre home with a sustainable garden located in El Sobrante near Berkley plus 3.5 acres of land to maintain. The location is only 45 minutes by car to the heart of San Francisco and with easy access to downtown and the surrounding communities of Contra Costa. Hiking, biking, and public transportation are nearby and full of scenic attractions such as Berkley, Point Pinole Park, and San Francisco.

    Activities:
    An art project, Community outreach, Construction project, Cooking, Help with eco-projects, Irrigation/watering, Kitchen help, Landscaping, Language practice, Machine & equipment mechanics, Planting, Seeding/transplanting, Self-sufficiency, Weeding, Wood-working, Yoga

    HOW TO APPLY: ''Very Limited Open Positions and How to apply''
    • Workaway positions: 20-25 hr/week in exchange for lodging and gourmet food.
    • We only take Workaway that can stay a minimum of 1 month and preferably stay longer if it works out.
    • We are looking for the following skills:--Stone and cement work: Need help NOW with an outdoor kitchen project, --Gardening/irrigation/landscaping, Photo editing, video editing, etc
    • Help with computer skills: in social media, research, video editing, etc.

    We believe quality in=quality out so we give generously in terms of high-quality meals and cooking experience. There is a chore schedule so everyone chips in. Household chores (shared) and cooking (shared) are not considered "working" hours. They are considered to be part of a community usually every Monday evening.

    We are accepting applications for now. The best way to contact us is by email. Let us know the starting date and length of your visit in your initial message and why you like to visit us.
    • Apply our questionnaire
    • Photo ID and application are required for a long stay.
    • Background check
    • Sorry that we do not accept children or pets even though we love them. (Please discuss with us if needed)
    • We have a limited area to park your car/camper. (Please discuss with us if you need it)

    Thank you so much and looking forward to having you at our home.

    Dao & Jud

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
    Handyman and Landscape Skills through Hands-on work *Green House Construction *Sustainability * High-Quality * Organic * Affordable * Skill Building * Reuse * Reduce and Recycle Waste * Native Species * Natural Plant Foods * Research * Support Local Farms * Support Local Gardeners * Compost * Living Soil * Worms

    In general, we are a boutique garden that will allow Workaways get involved in a number of different projects instead of largely repetitive work throughout a season. Depending on your interest and skills, the projects to be involved include farming, landscaping, handyman repair & remodeling, DIY repurposed & recycled materials, composting, etc. We are also looking for people that are skilled in computers, editing videos, websites, social media, etc. and those looking to enjoy the outdoors and help with gardening, tile projects, electrical, etc.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    We have an organic garden and a variety of creative projects to collaborate with. 30 minutes drive from San Francisco. I am looking for people that are both skilled in computers, editing videos, websites, etc., and those looking to enjoy the outdoors and help with gardening, tile projects, electrical, etc. See below. Musicians are also welcome. I play harmonica and the native American flute.

    Hours are somewhat flexible. Expect between 4 to 5 hours a day, with one to two days off a week. We only take workawayers that can stay a minimum of 1 month, and preferably a month or more if it works out.

    We are looking for the following skills:
    --Stone and cement work: Need help NOW with a patio project and an outdoor kitchen
    --Gardening/irrigation/landscaping
    -- Help in social media for a social travel volunteering project where we give back to communities we engage in.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Thai: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    There are a couple of options based on current occupancy, including a private bedroom with a closet, a camper, and a tent. We have a hot tub, sauna, and beautiful garden to enjoy with regulations.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This location is not too far from various other metro areas by transit or car, including; Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, But it is a little over an hour by public transit. There are local walking trails to go for exercise or take photographs or enjoy San Francisco bay's view at a distance. Generally, we work during the week, but on some nights, there are activities that you might be invited to, such as local art events, meditation, or yoga, which varies greatly. It is nice when helpers want to be involved with the activities, but they are free to do their own tours and travel in their free time.

    HOW TO APPLY: ''Very Limited Open Positions and How to apply.''
    • Workaway positions: 20-25 hr/week in exchange for lodging and gourmet food.
    • We only take Workaway to stay a minimum of 1 month and preferably stay longer if it works out.
    • We are looking for the following skills:--Stone and cement work: Need help NOW with an outdoor kitchen project, --Gardening/irrigation/landscaping, Photo editing, video editing, etc
    • Help with computer skills: in social media, research, video editing, etc.

    We believe quality in=quality out, so we give generously in terms of high-quality meals and cooking experience. There is a chore schedule, so everyone chips in. Household chores (shared) and cooking (shared) are not considered "working" hours. They are considered to be part of a community, usually every Monday evening.

    We are accepting applications for now. The best way to contact us is by email. Let us know your starting date and length of your visit in your initial message and why you like to visit us.
    • Apply our questionnaire
    • Photo ID and application are required for a long stay.
    • Background check
    • Sorry that we do not accept children or pets even though we love them. (Please discuss with us if needed it)
    • We have a limited area to park your car. (Please discuss with us if you need it)
    Dao & Jud

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Yes, we can. We have high-speed internet.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    yes but you have to communicate with us for details first as parking is difficult in Bay Area.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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