We are a family (mother, father, 2 boys born 2013 and 2016) who moved into our small energy efficient home January 2017 and have started a small garden, orchard, and made a short trail to redwood fairy rings. We built a passively heated and cooled, wood-framed, strawbale house with earth plaster finish. We live in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains, near Scotts Valley, in a small valley meadow surrounded by redwood and oak forest, a 20 minute ride down to the ocean and city of Santa Cruz, to small mountain towns and the river, or 45 minutes over the mountains to San Jose and access to the rest of the San Francisco bay area. Samantha works from home in the mornings. Garrick works in San Jose or Santa Cruz in the afternoons and can take you there to explore or connect to transit.
We can accept up to 4 people to camp in our woods outside the rainy season. The campsite includes water and electricity, an outdoor shower, outdoor kitchen set-up, and use of our toilet through backdoor. If you camp, you will need a car so that you can go buy food and fuel as needed.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
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Learn about gardening, forest management, children, energy efficient building design. Cultural exchange around language, cooking and foods. Experience California coastal community in Santa Cruz (surfing, yoga, meditation, music), and also Silicon Valley if you care to drive or take a bus "over the hill".
Option 1: At least 3 weeks, with negative COVID test and agreement not to join other group activities while with us.
Tent camping for 1 or 2 adults, kids welcome. Dates are more flexible. Best April-September.
8 hours per week per person
gardening, trail maintenance, cleaning, household chores, and language teaching (we especially value playing games or songs in Spanish, Japanese, or Mandarin
Camping in forest. We can provide tent and all equipment including a camping-style outdoor kitchen area, outdoor heated shower, water, electricity, and use of the house toilet room. You buy and prepare your own food.
We are willing to give rides to Santa Cruz and San Jose when we are going.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
8 hours/week to camp
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