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Help with small farm projects in beautiful Ashland, Southern Oregon, USA

Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

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    Here at our place you will enjoy good food, a friendly and collaborative vibe and have lots of inside and outside work and play opportunities AND we are busy and already living a full life; so you must be emotionally and spiritually grounded, self responsible, flexible and motivated helpers with some skills to offer for this to be a good exchange for us all.

    Seeking help with many projects, smaller handy projects like painting, sanding, staining outdoor benches and caretaking of the land--pruning fruit trees, working on setting up biodynamic compost, both regular and humanure, keeping the grass down and dealing with the debris the winter has cast about, firewood prep, starting chickens, bolstering the coop etc. ---your wisdom, experience and willingness to help with the things at the top of the list will be appreciated, and we do expect solid participation in solid 5 hour work days.

    In exchange we will offer you abundant, healthy, organic food for all of your meals, 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. This is “luxury” homesteading as the infastructure is laid, it’s expanding upon the potential of the land and the community.

    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--you must be open and good communicators, and want to participate in a community experience though, you can also find yourself on your own for days or weeks depending on who's doing what where. Much of what we need help with are physical tasks, we are respectful of differing capacities with this but if you do not like to work hard physically, or are in the middle of an evolution that takes much of your time and energy, this will not be a good fit. We are generous and can provide a supportive and meaningful 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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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 maintain our land as we integrate our lifestyle on our land. 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 have strong community practices and ways which folks consistently feel is one of the highlights of their time--"lots of people talk about community, you are the first people really doing it." was recent feedback. We are proud of this and it matters a lot that we are learning and teaching these skills in these tender times.

    All this said, we are grounded, busy people with businesses to run and professional careers and responsibilities, we are not up for constant new age-y processing and require that your mental, physical, emotional health is solidly in place along with your sense of integrity and ability to do what you say you will without drama. While we are collaborative and love to learn and share culture and we respect many paths, we are not seeking healings or to be taught your spiritual practices and revelations. That said, we have 2 weekly events that are necessary should you choose to be hosted by us: we have a weekly potluck and time to review tasks, give and get feedback and work out any challenges, we also meet each Sunday for a meditation and dialogue process. These are the core practices we use in maintaining our community and are essential--they are also events guests love to participate in! If this isn't for you, this isn't for you.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    These are skilled and semi-skilled jobs, we have limited time to oversee these tasks so self-motivated, quick learning folks will be best for our current needs.

    Update on current projects:

    --bear and predator proofing chicken coop
    --compost worked on, separate humanure composting is part of this
    --get a garden in-weeding, prepping, starting and mulching
    --biodynamic preparations, mulching beds, maybe getting some cover crops to drown out grasses
    --firewood harvesting, cutting, splitting
    --building platform for camping
    --prepping planting beds and starting seeds, spring is here!

    --weed whacking and weeding, weeding, weeding

    Although we have paid caregivers for our needs in this arena, we expect anyone coming up here to be safe, present and child friendly. We are open to parents with children but must ensure we are a decent fit in terms of parenting styles and routines as well as ability to juggle responsibilities for work with parenting.

    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 (limited cell 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 as much as possible, follow Waldorf inspired child education and anthroposophy.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I speak Spanish, dabble in French and German and our daughter is eager to learn Gaelic--any Gaelic speakers out there?! We love language!

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Various options-- some with independent kitchens for independence with food though at least some meal sharing is part of the community value we hold.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our town is called Ashland, 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 a 12 year old so there's fun and noise and plenty going on- we love to cook, to laugh, to create and to balance work and play.

    Your pets are not welcome-no exceptions. Frequent drug or medicine or alcohol users: this is probably not the right place for you.

    We have a strong preference for longer term guests and will prioritize folks who want to stay a while. We have an interview process in place which ensures we are a great match so the next step, if you are interested in an exchange with us, is to share about yourself a bit, your passions, skills and dreams. From there we will respond to set up a phone or facetime chat.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Small vans in good shape that can handle our mile long driveway!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Solid 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 394184277892

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