We have a family owned farm. We operate on our family's 32,000 acre cattle and exotic animal ranch. Guests who come to the ranch want to experience real ranch life. We have over 250 exotic animals many of which are rescue animals and a cow calf ranch.The ranch is located in the beautiful rolling hill country of the central coast of California, about 45 minutes from San Luis Obispo and 35 minutes from Paso Robles. We are a husband and wife with 4 grown children (who come to visit often :)! ) Our ranch consistent of an organic garden, fruit orchard, 15 different species of exotic animals including North American Bison, Fallow Deer, z-donkeys and more. We also have ranch horses and a herd of Mangalitsa pigs. If you are looking for a real ranching experience, this is the place. We are looking for help 4 to 5 hours 5 days a week. Our ranch is not close to town so we raise our vegetables and have chickens to be sustainable and live off of the land. it would be helpful to have a car but not a must. We go to town frequently and could take you to town when buses and trains are available. Our ranch is also about 1 hour from the beach. This area of California is also known for wine and olive oil. We have been blessed with a very unique lifestyle and feel that it is our mission to share it with others. We love having visitors from other countries so that we can share customs and cultures. Other visitors have come as strangers and have left as family!
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
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This is the opportunity to live and work on a real cattle and exotic animal ranch . You will learn animal husbandry, vegetable gardening, Living off of the land, flora culture. Depending on the time of year you could be helping with canning or preserving food , birthing animals, bottle feeding, branding. For people from different countries we give the opportunity to practice English.
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We are looking for people who are hard working and fun loving to join our family in living off of the land, care of our organic garden (weeding, planting, harvesting) Animals ( feeding and watering, caring for their needs) general house hold chores. Depending on the time of year you could be helping with canning or preserving food , harvesting and drying herbs.Every day is a new day so work here is diverse and never boring. This is a beautiful healthy place to Experience a new culture . We have added the tab that there is the opportunity to work for pay. This is only for those who have proof of a working visa in the United States or a US social Security card and ID Card. It is based on knowledge and skill. In order to work for pay we have a training\probation period of 1 week and this needs to be discussed before you arrive. We also require all workaway helpers to have proof of health insurance or travel insurance.
We have A guest house where can stay so that they can also have some privacy . You might have to share a house with another helper but you would have your own room and access to a kitchen. We provide all the food most of which is grown on the ranch. We also supplement food from the store whenever needed. Your house has a kitchen so food is provided to eat whenever you’re hungry and we will also eat meals together.
Many people come to the central coast of California to vacation. We are 45 minutes from the college town of San Luis Obispo and 1 hour from beach towns like Morro Bay, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach. The famous Hearst Castle is 1 hour and 15 minutes from the ranch. Santa Barbara is 2.5 hours by train from San Luis Obispo. We go to town at least a few times a week and can give helpers a ride. We go to Los Angeles to visit relative so there is a possibility to get a ride to L.A. We have hosted international exchanges students who would go on family travels with us. We are very open to share our lifestyle with others.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week