Barn Raising and Homesteading in San Luis Obispo, USA


United States

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  • Description


    We are a fun loving family of four with lots of creative enthusiasm. We love nature, hiking and working with our hands. We two years ago we moved to a beautiful 10 acre property near to San Luis Obispo, CA. and need help building our vision.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are a semi-international family who have travelled quite a bit and enjoy meeting new people and learning about new cultures. . We love reciprocating by sharing a bit of California life and sharing our traditions and love of food with our volunteers. We have three children, our eldest has moved to Scotland, our son is 22 and is always on the verge of leaving the nest, but somehow loves it too much on the farm to leave :). Our youngest, Petra is 18 and spends most of her time with her horses and is thrilled to finally have horses in her backyard! We have one awesome deaf pit bull and a frisky, young cattle dog. We are NOT religious and although we do not discriminate against anyone who is, we might offend. It happens, Just being transparent there :-) We live in a beautiful coastal town with a lively downtown and many farmers markets. We also live near many wineries, hiking trails and are just a short 4 miles (7 km) to the beach!

  • Help


    We will be starting on our barn building project next week!! Yaaaay!!! We are looking for someone who enjoys building and working with their hands who would like to help. Also looking for a detail oriented person familiar with painting and sanding to do some staining of siding, painting windows, sanding old fence boards to make them beautiful stall fronts :-).

    We aways need help with digging holes, general yard/garage clean up, brush clearing, mulching, creek restoration, fence building, irrigation, trenching, digging holes, planting trees and working in the vegetable garden. And did we say hole digging?? We also would like to build more compost bins, sheds, horse hay shelter and anything else a homesteader might need. So in short, the farm requires a fair amount of manual labor and we love it if you work with a smile :) Any help with cooking or cleaning and washing windows would also be greatly appreciated, as my days can get busy. Its not always a super organized day but there is always something to do depending on the skills you can to bring to the table. If you have art talents, we have a container to paint as well :-)

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    english, some german

  • Accommodation


    We have a sweet little "guest shed" with comfy bed. It shares the outdoor shower and toilet with our vintage trailer guests (if we have them). There is a composting toilet and an outdoor shower nearby and an outdoor kitchen for your use. We will provide ingredients for your meals that you can prepare on your own and we often do dinners together if it suits everyone. It is expected the you help clean up after meals!! Please remember this during your stay.
    We eat mostly vegetable based organic food, we love eating good food, cooking together and sharing laughs and stories at the dinner table. We do eat meat as well but are happy to accommodate vegetarians :-)
    also please note: This is a farm, peaceful and quiet with limited cell and internet. It is quite a distance to get to town and anywhere basically.
    NOTE: A car is needed to get to most places but we offer up bikes for beaches and hiking trails. If you feel up to it, downtown is a 40 minute bike ride.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Having a car is helpful! Downtown San Luis Obispo is about 10 miles away, Avila beach is 4 miles away. there are many beautiful hiking trails, wineries to tour, biking routes, waves to surf and many beautiful beaches to enjoy. We live in a very "outdoorsy" community and value its small town charms and outdoor living. We will have bikes available to ride and happy to give lifts into town on occasion. We are clean and tidy and respectful of others and our environment, we hope to have those attributes in our guests. We work hard and also value down time.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Your hosts Lorna and Paul

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