Come and help on our family farm and learn about self-sufficiency in Siletz, USA


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    We would love to share our "petite paradise" near the Oregon Coast with you and in turn, receive help to develop this 30 acre mini-ranch/farm into a more beautiful place. Cameron and I (Anna) have been married for over 30 years and are blessed to have raised our three now grown children here. We have twelve species of animals and our daughter is passionate about growing flowers, mostly dahlias. There is much beauty here but also endless work and projects, just too much for our dreams to become reality. The animals here include Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats, Valais Blacknose and Shetland sheep, Kunekune pigs, alpacas, a horse, llama, turkey, giant rabbits, livestock guardian dogs, little dogs, barn cats, and chickens and ducks. In addition, a herd of about 65 elk often visit this little valley in the fall and winter months. Our large seasonal pond with its island also attract various species of wild ducks and geese. It is both remote and very peaceful and beautiful here. We are 20 minutes from the Pacific Ocean and beaches and not far from mountains. If you are looking for night clubs and city life, this is NOT the place for you.

    Our farm sign says "Sharing God's Love and Blessings" and that is our hope with anyone who visits here. From May through October, we host monthly free OPEN FARM days where we share our beautiful property, animals, flowers, home baked cookies, and hugs and love with visitors. The OPEN FARM days are totally FREE and everyone is welcome to visit.
    We need help cleaning and setting up each month for OPEN FARM and also people to act as farm guides and help with the activities and/or fun events. In the past, we have had "little animal races", pumpkin games, scavenger hunts, and more. We welcome your creative ideas too, there are so many possibilities with your added help!

    We are planning a big event here this summer - our first ever "Celebration of Blessings" at the end of July. Cameron and I intend to renew our wedding vows, celebrate family, friends (even a 30th birthday), thank yous to our workaway helpers, and of course celebrate and thank God for our abundant blessings. Our goal is for it to be a casual and fun reunion and party with people we care about. The event will require a lot of help to prepare: landscaping, building projects, cleaning, painting, flower arranging, decorating, hay bale seating, music, lighting, cooking, - and that is the short list! During the event, we will need help hosting, serving and other support roles.

    We have lived here 21 years and our three children grew up here. Shantelle (wearing the orange blouse in the photo) is 27 and returned home about two years ago to help take care of this place and lives here about 60% of the time. She is a super hard worker and has really helped beautify this place with thousands of flowers. Our two sons (Tacoma, 25 and Jostan, 23) are attending nearby Oregon State University and are working on finishing up engineering degrees. Tacoma got married to Jackie in April of 2020 and she just finished a teaching degree in June (Jackie is wearing the skirt in the photo). Tacoma, Jackie, and Jostan live in Corvallis, about an hour east of here but the brothers visit on the weekends and have a part time job in this area on Saturdays.

    Tacoma and Jostan are too busy to help much here anymore, thus we are hoping some of you would like to come work with us. It is beautiful here and the possibilities are endless for improvement projects. We would love to meet new people and help them to have an adventure here at Camanna's Petite Paradise. If someone wanted to, we can figure out ways you could leave your mark here. You could clear a trail and put up a marker naming the trail after you, build a small bridge or garden art, plant a tree or herb garden, paint a mural on a barn wall, build a small structure, develop a campsite or fire pit for future visitors, have a special newborn animal named after you, the possibilities to leave your mark and be creative are countless! There are also many photo opportunities if photography is your passion. Shantelle and I love to take photos but aren't professionals. Two new ideas I have thought of in recent days include instructing goat yoga classes or use some of our many alpaca and sheep fleeces to spin or otherwise use in fiber art.

    I am outgoing, creative, and joyful; staying very active and very busy here on the mini ranch/farm. Cameron works about 50-60 hours per week at Georgia Pacific, a big papermill about 20 minutes away. He is experienced in many areas and is a great "handyman" here. Cameron is a good leader and teacher, a very hard worker, and tends to be more private, mellow, and less talkative than me. None of us sit still for long and Shantelle is often found working late at night with a headlight on in her flower gardens. I kid her about how much dirt she brings into the house. Unlike Shantelle, Cameron and I tend to be "early to bed, early to rise", often getting our day started at 4 am.

    We are Christians and love God but we are not pushy with our beliefs; we just want to share our love and blessings with all people. We work very hard and expect the same from our helpers. We are kind hearted, caring, honest, frugal and humble people who love it here - it is not a fancy place but it is truly wonderful. We also know that fun and time off of work are important, although I can't remember the last time we actually took a vacation. We will do our best to help you have some amazing and memorable experiences, both here on the mini ranch/farm and in the local area.

    We aren't vegan or vegetarians personally but we can work to feed those who are, no problem. We might just need a little help from you to have your favorite ingredients on hand. Just let us know ahead of time what we should plan for and if you are picky, you could be the cook!

    My hobbies all relate to activities I do here, - raising animals, gardening, landscaping, cooking, baking, photography, and more. I seldom leave home except to buy animal feed and groceries and to go to church. I used to travel and stayed for a year in New Zealand as part of a university exchange. Cameron and I both have degrees from Oregon State University, Cameron in mechanical engineering and animal science for me. Shantelle decided university wasn't for her. Cameron likes to tinker in his shop, mostly doing projects to fix things. That is probably more than enough about us for now! We want to get to know you!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    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

    It is beautiful and peaceful here and healing to the spirit. They could learn skills related to all the above listed projects and activities, to name a few: meal preparation, cheese making, goat milking, gardening, building decks and small structures, land clearing, fencing, renovations, landscaping, gardening, flower arranging, animal care, alpaca and sheep shearing, hosting events and serving others, I will add to this list, I have so many creative ideas to make the stay here special!

    Even though we can't have you help with care of the Nigerian goats, the Valais sheep, or the Kunekune pigs, you are still welcome to interact with them on your free time. Time permitting, I am also happy to teach you to milk a goat and share my extensive animal experience. You can take a goat or alpaca for a hike or have a photo session with your favorites or ???

  • Help


    We have many amazing animals here but due to labor laws, we can NOT have you help with any animals where we sell some of the offspring. This is the case with the Nigerian dairy goats, the Valais Blacknose sheep, and the Kunekune pigs. We make little or no profit on the animals but since we do sell some kids, lambs, and piglets, thus the rule applies.

    The goats do provide milk for cheese making (and other dairy products) and love to help keep the bushes nibbled back. The sheep and pigs are also pasture animals and have a mowing role. In addition, Shantelle's horse lives here, and we have a llama, alpacas, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats, Shetland sheep, rabbits, and a turkey. These animals are family pets, browsers to keep the pastures mowed and help clear brush, eat bugs and slugs, lay eggs, and provide interactive and educational opportunities and "cuteness" for our FREE OPEN FARM days.

    Although we have many animals, none are house pets. We do have ten dogs here so it probably wouldn't work well to bring a pet of your own. Five of the dogs are large but friendly livestock guardians and live with the livestock in the pastures and barns.

    Below is a monthly list of some of the projects and work planned where we need help. It is a developing and changing list but it will hopefully give you an idea of when you may want to visit. We can always use help from people with carpentry skills! Most jobs just require a strong work ethic and some require a bit of muscle but an average middle aged or younger helper should be strong enough for most of the tasks.

    February and March - help with small building projects if weather allows, help with land clearing and building brush piles to be burned, preparing meals, helping clean the house, renovate the large travel trailer that was purchased for Workaway housing, paint and repair segments of a cabana that is in the process of restoration, painting inside (house and barn) and outside buildings as weather permits, and much more. It will be kidding season so there will be lots of goat kids to play with during your free time if you are an animal lover.

    April - help with spring gardening and landscaping, maintenance, deck rebuild, planting pastures, fence building, clearing trails, and continue with the Feb. and March list as needed.

    May - landscaping, flower and vegetable gardening, plus more of the above list. In addition, there will be lambs to play with, the cutest sheep in the world. We will also be starting our OPEN FARMS in May and help will be needed in many areas: mostly farm clean up and setting up. In addition, we will be planning fun activities for the OPEN FARM and hosting the monthly event.

    June - same as above, plus more!

    July - help prepare for our July 30th "Celebration of Blessings" - we will need people to serve food and drinks and set up, etc. There will be many of the same help needed as listed in previous months. July is the month where we need the most help.

    August through October - unsure of the exact work needed but there is always plenty!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Young women could potentially stay in the two upstairs bedrooms, both with king sized beds, and share the upstairs bathroom and live in the family home. Our grown daughter also has a room upstairs, thus only women would be housed there.

    We just purchased a 40 foot 2012 travel trailer where our wonderful helpers can stay. The travel trailer does need some interior work but could be a place to sleep soon and eventually will be self contained. We are hoping to set it up in a pretty setting, surrounded by a fenced yard with flower gardens. The travel trailer could house men and/or women travelers. When set up properly, the travel trailer could potentially have 2-3 different sleeping areas. In the summer, we will have options for outdoor housing such as tents, a gazebo, and an enclosed cabana. It rains too much in the winter and spring for these to be options except from about July through September.

    Our accommodations will get better over time. We will need you as workaway helpers to achieve that goal! In a couple of years, we may even have cabins in the woods for workaway helpers to stay in - if we have enough skilled carpenters come and help here.

    We will stock the refrigerators and cupboards with food items suggested by our visiting helpers. We will also have milk, eggs, seasonal vegetables, and other home grown meal options. In addition, I hope to have a helper for meal preparation and cooking at especially busy times of the year. I would like to train up a helper to make soft goat cheeses (feta, mozzarella, etc), yogurt, buttermilk and more. Finally, it would be great to have vegetable and herb gardening help to provide fresh produce and dairy products for meals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are only 20 minutes from the Pacific Ocean and beaches and coastal town of Newport, Oregon. Inland are the mountain ranges and many more recreational opportunities. There is a local bus route with low priced fares and travel to many destinations, although since we are so rural, the timing is a bit tricky. When possible, we would be happy to drive our helpers to various locations and if legal, we may even have a vehicle to share for day or weekend trips. If it is legal, we hope to have a vehicle for licenced drivers to borrow for after work hour adventures - but that won't happen right away. There is no "night life" around here and no close by city. The university town of Corvallis is just over an hour away it you want to travel to have more of a city life adventure., although even Corvallis is only about 60,000 people.

    We do not smoke, drink, or do any drugs and prefer you don't either. I worry about smoking here due to fire dangers (hay in the barn, dry pastures in summer) and I am sensitive to cigarette smoke. However, limited drinking is fine as long as it doesn't affect your work. Of course, we wouldn't want to deal with any issues or mess resulting from drunkenness. Drugs, ideally NO but limited amounts of legal drugs in outdoor and off-hour settings would be tolerated as long as their usage doesn't cause problems.

  • 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

    We have high speed wireless internet access that usually works well both inside the house and outside in the barn/shop area. We do lose power at times with especially stormy weather but that is fairly rare. I am not very tech savvy myself but I think I can say YES, we are digital nomad friendly.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This would depend on the situation. We don't have any hookups set up or spots designated for campervans but we may in the future.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    20 hours per week of help and the hours per day could vary. However, if you prefer to work at a slow pace, 25 hours per week would be appreciated.

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