Start-up farming, research and wild food harvesting center in the Sonoran Desert, USA. Come and help us!


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    *️️*️️*️️*️️*️️UPDATE May 29th*️️*️️ We are starting our first wild food harvest this week! The wild growing Palo Verde trees are producing a bumper crop of delicious and highly nutritious beans this year and we are needing extra help to harvest and store them! *️️*️️*️️

    We are starting an organic farm and research center from scratch to grow vegetables, herbs & gluten free grains etc, while also experimenting with permaculture, algae culture,  and zero carbon farming.  We also harvest wild growing foods from the desert on and around our farm. Our long term goal is that we intend demonstrate a system in which foods can be produced using ingredients grown on site with no petrochemicals consumed in any step of the process (other than equipment procurement) .  In addition we will  be developing irrigation and other systems based on solar powered microcomputer  systems.

    The intention is that this farm will provide food for the inhabitants of the land while acting as a facility to research and demonstrate methods and systems of permaculture, algaeculture and zero carbon farming which are usable by others with similar sustainable & organic local food enterprises.  Our goal is to demonstrate zero carbon food production by growing sorghum along with other crops and using those as ingredients.  We will also be installing a solar power system to provide needed electrical energy for all of the processes involved.

    We currently have one of the vegetable plots finished and we are now bringing in our first wild food harvest. We are also in the planning and beginning stages of our rainwater harvesting project.

    Our current resources include:

    10 acres of fenced land with existing small irrigated garden plots.

    Many wild growing bean trees. (Palo Verde, Ironwood and Mesquite).

    Occupied house, available trailer and RV and camper and available RV hookups and tent sites.

    Lots of equipment and supplies and tools.

    Workshop with various machines and equipment.

    Electronics hardware & software development workshop.

    Fully equipped mobile commercial kitchen onsite. (not in current use)

    1500 watts of solar panels (not yet installed)

    Our location is in a VERY rural Sonoran desert location 25 minutes from the city of Maricopa (stores and restaurants etc available) and 45 minutes from the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.  No public transportation is available.  This is ideal for someone who loves the desert, there are thousands of square miles of wilderness desert adjacent to our location.   We can provide occasional rides into town if needed, but not necessarily very often. We do have satellite  internet and wifi and good cell coverage depending on the carrier.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    There are plenty of opportunities to learn about small scale farming, gardening, construction and numerous other fields. We will also be developing solar powered computer controlled irrigation & cooking systems so there will be electrical, electronics and computer hardware and software work as well.

    We are located in a very rural desert wilderness location in central arizona which is a unique and beautiful environment.

  • Help


    We need help with construction, fencing, gardening, planting, harvesting, cooking, baking, administrative and general maintenance.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    We have a large travel trailer and a RV motorhome available for lodging, both with kitchen and bath included. Kitchen and bath facilities are also available in the house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    there is no public transportation available. We offer rides to Maricopa (the local town) or the Phoenix metro area on an irregular basis. There is hiking available on site in a sonoran desert wilderness, its very quiet, the stars are super bright and the coyotes sing for us often! There is unlimited hiking, camping and all other opportunities available around arizona but you will need to provide your own transportation to most of those. We do have internet, wifi and cell phone (dpending on the carrier) available.

    Time off is available nearly any time its requested. Normal work hours expected are 4 hours per day 5 days per week.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 hours per day, 5 days per week

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