Indoor and outdoor volunteering experience on our permaculture hobby farm in Northern California, USA

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  • Description


    Welcome. We are in Northern California, about 50 miles North of San Francisco on almost two acres which we are slowly developing using permaculture techniques. We are mainly a husband and wife team, while there are several other people that live on the property with us and we assist each other as needed. We have chickens, 3 dogs, a vegetable garden and an orchard. Our bees are now thriving, although we still have a lot to learn! We are continuing to plant for bees/pollinators and exploring how to manage beehives on our property. We also have started a grazing collective with our neighbors to reduce fire risk. We currently manage 11 sheep and 3 goats.

    Helpers can participate in many areas, inside or outside. If you like animals, working in the garden, and organising then this might just be a little haven for you. We have multiple projects in the works which we would love help with. Please read below to see if you are the right fit.

  • 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
  • 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

    We have travelled and/or lived in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, England, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Italy, Thailand and Russia. We enjoy sharing our stories, life experiences and philosophies while hearing others travel stories, life experiences and philosophies. We also love learning about other cultures, learning some words/phrases of another language, discussing ideas and showing off Sonoma County, local permaculture spots, San Francisco, the local breweries and wineries. We have life experience in the healthcare industry as Medical providers and support staff with an emphasis on Family Medicine and Midwifery.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    chicken house cleaning; pruning; weeding; watering; sheet mulching; painting (finishing up remodel of one end of house); clearing outside area of piled up items; dog walking

    We appreciate those interested in sustainability e.g. permaculture wise or forward thinking in that direction. If you are unfamiliar, please make use of Google search to find out if this interests you. Specialists in any of the above are anticipated as we have many ideas awaiting fruition. All helping hands are welcome.

    general upkeep: hoovering/vacuuming, bathroom cleaning, mopping, dusting; organisation (kitchen plans: to install pullout drawers, spice rack and other storage savvy things); cooking; light installation; woodwork (floor to ceiling bookcases in the den)

    We work at different times so needless to say, we are quite busy. Help to maintain a level of cleanliness and improve organisation is greatly appreciated. We also love socializing and interaction with all types of worldly people that have come to stay, so far. If you are someone who is open and willing to put in your time and effort, we would love to have you in our household.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Bedroom, sometimes caravan and occasionally tents

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Santa Rosa is 50 miles North of San Francisco in Sonoma County wine country -- home of Snoopy ("Peanuts" creator Charles Schultz) and horticulturalist Luther Burbank. We are happy to show you around Sonoma County and possibly take a day trip to San Francisco. There is plenty to do and see including bicycling, wine tasting, micro brewery tours, ice skating, hiking, roller skating, Petaluma Adobe, Luther Burbank Gardens, Snoopy Museum, redwood walks, visits to the ocean, local gigs, farmers markets and festivals.

    We enjoy the arts (music, theatre, film); campfires outside by the pool; fitness (swimming, cycling, hiking, yoga, meditation, running, tennis); socialisation (sightseeing, chatting, sharing stories). You are welcome to join in on anything we do.

    We have collectively lived and travelled around US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Russia, Africa, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and Malaysia with dreams to travel to India, Central America and Japan (to name just a few). We are also experienced hosts to many travellers. We think you will enjoy staying here and we will appreciate the help.

    'Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation for all abundance' -- Eckhart Tolle

    Here's to a new friendship!

  • 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 a good wifi connection that goes into the garden. While we do not have a seperate room for digital nomads to work in there are many quiet areas both inside and out to work in.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    It might be possible to host people with campervans/motorhomes depending on the size of the vehicle and the length of stay. We have off road parking and have accommodated campervans in the past.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Any pets need to get along with our pets/animals. We currently have 3 dogs and chickens.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    4 hours, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 784154847155

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