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Looking for earth loving helpers for fall projects -planting for fall/winter, finishing Cob project, prepping for winter
We are a family of 4 living in a beautiful community in Oregon USA. We enjoy good food (totally organic), vegetables and fruit from our garden, a bustling flow of community members and lots of outside work and play. We live on an incredible property with several out buildings on 7 acres and need help tending our land, forest, gardens and water. In our active home as we homeschool our child, we are Waldorf oriented people and are creating beautiful, functional, food producing gardens---we welcome your wisdom and willingness to help us on this venture.
We are only 15 minutes from town (but ask that folks not come here to be a launchpad for venturing into town (Ashland) --we do not want folks transitioning back and forth from town life and country life - (though your days off are yours to do as you please of course). We encourage settling in to harvest the benefits of living on the land. We have a creek, spring, pond, orchards and lots of potential for creative expression and your unique skills--gardeners, natural builders, and handy people--we have buildings that always need TLC and maintenance, a cobb outdoor kitchen to build, a pond overflow to redirect to orchards, trails and paths to cut, firewood chopping, a chicken coop, goats - safe from bears and wild animals...
We have loads of projects and pretty much want you doing the thing you are most inspired by on our long list-though we also have specific tasks we need help with and expect solid participation in our minimum 5 hours work days.
In exchange we will feed you healthy food, offer you a wonderful place to live, share what we have, and enjoy community living and manifesting a dream of living more simply and more in alignment with the land.
We have a flexible way of doing things but have learned some lessons along the way with other guests and visitors and do expect folks to come ready to fully participate--we need emotionally and physically strong and flexible people, good communicators, and folks who want to participate in a community experience. We are extremely generous and provide an amazing home and experience--we expect generosity of time and energy and care from you as well. We do ask for a high level of commitment and presence during your "on" times, and we also support plenty of rest and recreation in your free time.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
This is both an opportunity to learn and to teach. Living in community, sharing family life, learning about our special bio region, then teaching your permaculture skills, or building or husbandry or gardening skills or being intimately involved in helping us with our daughter. We believe that living closely with others and developing the necessary skills to do this--communication, collaboration, flexibility and creativity-are some of the most important skills for all of us to be learning in these big times of change.
We are almost finished with our cob fireplace/bench and outdoor cooking area, always fine tuning our other animal fence areas, and are preparing seeds for winter garden, we have many projects we'd love to begin with the right helping hands-moving a dome, redirecting pond overflow to orchards, chopping firewood and on it goes.
We love child friendly people as our daughter is unschooled and being raised in a "village" culture.
Because there are so many different projects needing doing, you can come with your passion and make it happen--current projects--planting trees and getting the food forest going, creating earthen shelter for animals and setting up our intensive grazing plan, cobb outdoor kitchen, re-building decks, tending to ponds and Koi, irrigation are some of our priorities.
Please note: We are a "safe" house--chemical and wi-fi free--we do have wired internet access but no cell phone use in our home (cel phone use OK on the land but not during sleeping hours), no scented products, safe for environmentally/chemically/electrically sensitive person. We are omnivores and eat organic, local, sustainably produced food, follow Waldorf inspired child care practices (look it up if you are unfamiliar and you can also check out Janet Lansbury's website).
English, Spanish, dog, chicken, goat
Various options--yurt, apartment, cottage, ...all really nice options - some with independent kitchens for occasional independence with food, some shared meals.
Our town is called Ashland, Or, there is much to do and see in our town as well as in the vicinity if you love nature--Crater Lake, Mt Shasta, lakes, rivers, etc. as well as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland CO-op one of the best organic food co-ops in the USA, many amazing local farms...we are 4 hours South of Portland, OR and 5 hours North of San Francisco.
Our closest airport is Medford (MFR). Hiking, cycling, music making, so much to do here.
We are flexible and will support travels to local areas as you wish, it's an incredible part of the USA and world.
We go early to bed, rise early, and enjoy a fairly quiet life BUT we also have an 8 year old (and our 25 year old is home off and on) so there's fun and noise and plenty going on- we love to cook, to laugh, to create and to balance work and play. We are foster parents and may have a baby or two around at any given time.
We keep a steady flow of good people around us.
I am a teacher and run personal growth workshops, you will be welcome to join in on these events as you wish. My husband is an architect and sustainable building expert so this is also an area for potential learning/exploration. We are "unschooling" our daughter so this is also a value and interest of ours. We have 5 dogs, flock of hens, and goats. Your pets are not welcome, frequent drug or medicine or alcohol users, this is probably not the right place for you.
We may be foster parents at the time of your visit, this means you must be able to pass a background check--please be sure this is possible for you; destabilizing a traumatized child would be a very much not appreciated action and could happen if we take you in and you fail the check.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Solid 5 hours a day, 5 days a week