Community minded helpers for gardening projects on this beautiful land in Northern California, USA


United States


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    Dear Planetary Helpers,

    April and all summer help needed!

    We acknowledge that our beautiful Earth is changing rapidly due to human population and impacts. We need to adapt in ways we can hardly imagine. "Business as Usual" will not reverse the damage or stop the changes that may lead to much suffering and extinctions sooner...than later. Help us experiment with living simply, consciously and peacefully no matter what we face. Let's choose to thrive and be resilient.

    The stew that the virus has stirred up in our human existence has been perhaps the best-yet boost to turning some things around. Bikes stores are empty of bikes, seeds and all garden stuff is flying off the shelves and trucks. The sun seems brighter . More home cooking and bread baking and eating together.

    If you are very community oriented, curious, looking for a shared garden, natural building, sustainable practices and passions, and plant-based eating values... then we would enjoy hearing from you..

    (Note in case you don't read more: We have people sensitive to products containing the ingredient: Fragrance. Fragrances are chemicals that are hazards to health and well-being. Please read all labels on lotions, potions, shampoos, conditioners, laundry soap and other products you may use. Often the user gets accustomed to the odor and doesn't notice anymore. Others do and the smell lingers on clothes and rooms long after departing. Thank you for taking the time to be conscious of what you bring into the community. Aromatheray is vastly different if they are quality made...but may still be an irritant to some.)

    Our diet in our community areas is plant-based for its sustainability, lower environmental impact, less waste and freedom from killing, as much as possible. We try to have a beautiful year-round garden for much of our food. Our big greenhouse helps to extend our growing season and is a place for plants and people to hang out and relax.

    Our potting area in the big greenhouse has been turning out seedlings. We are planting lots more flowers and new vegetables this year. The garden keep expanding in different directions. Just when we think we can manage it we add some more beds and plant some more seeds.

    Our Community Land Trust has the deed to 27 acres of meadow and Redwood forest 2 miles inland from the Pacific coast of western Mendocino county in California. We have a secluded parcel and yet are only a short distance from the small town of Ft Bragg. (About 3-4 hours drive north of San Francisco. The Mendocino Transit Authority MTA can bring you here by bus from Santa Rosa.)

    Our main goal is to live sustainable by honoring the planet, her soil and growing organic vegetables and fruit for ourselves and the wider community. Currently we donate our produce to the Redwood Coast Senior Center for their 200 daily diners and Meals on Wheels program for people who cannot leave their homes easily. We also work to prepare for climate change effect and other disasters by also preparing to support those that need water, shelter food and medical help in times of crisis.

    We would most enjoy hosting those who now eat, or want to try, a plant-based diet and who avoid alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Again, what you do off the property is not an issue with us unless it affects the peace and safety of others here.

    We are self-governed with a 3 member Leadership Circle and learning to use the concepts of Sociocracy for our meetings, proposals and decision-making. We are learning, teaching and practicing Marshall Rosenberg's Non-violent Communication otherwise know as Compassionate Communication. We enjoy sharing in discussions on these and other topics. We have a growing library to share with our guests and occasionally videos.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    Other: Organic gardening, many cultural community offerings, compassionate communication NVC, sociocracy in action, community building, healthy fermentation of vegetables, and kombucha making. Exploring the coastal headlands and Redwood forest opportunities are everywhere. Help us save a big redwood forest from logging! (see TrailStewards) Mountain biking, Yoga, dancing, music and art are around here too.

  • Help


    Please note although we live in Northern California we are really, truly Vegetable, Herbs and FruIt Farmers. We want everyone to have the experience they are seeking and not be disappointed to find that we actually do just grow carrots, beans, corn and such!!!

    We could use your help with many projects including ongoing gardening projects: weeding, planting, harvesting, natural and salvage building, preserving harvest, food storage cellar, , shelf building, organizing
    cleaning, signage and art. Maybe a mural?.. computer and website assistance always appreciated
    So much is happening and we could use self-motivated, upbeat and team-players to bring about the Vision for the Farm. It is often quite cool (40s farenheit ) at night rainy in winter and layers on and off during the day.

    If any of this sounds of interest please contact me and we'll meet and journey on life's path together for awhile.

  • 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


    This farm is in a "homesteading" phase .... we do need to have folks who can live without some of the usual amenities of a home.
    We value and practice conservation of resources. . We live off the grid and have limited solar power and battery life in the winter but enough to take care of basic needs. Our well water is good. It is also on a solar pump into 100 gallon storage (Ready for WOW we upped our water storage to 5500 gallons and pumped) for cooking, drinking and bathing. We have both composting and a flush toilet and hot showers. Garden produce is for all to enjoy. We still are dependent on propane mostly to supply our cooking and hot water needs.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As mentioned before there is much to do in this area. Museums, forest, coast, ocean, harbor, kayaking, swimming, canoeing, community events abound. The inexpensive MTA bus travels around Ft Bragg and points around, connecting to San Francisco and beyond. We are 2 miles from Ft Bragg town and that could be biked, or we visit town by car and give rides.

    Our internet accessibility is with our personal cellular "hotspot". The town is close and has many ways to access the internet. Lucy's Laundry is in town near a little natural food store and has wifi./

    We would like people to communicate compassionately, directly and honestly with each other. Beautifying our surrounding, respecting soil, air, plants, animals and humans is important to us. Quiet times between 10pm and 8pm are appreciated. Sundays are "no motor" days on the farm.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Yes and please share more about your pet and accept that limits will be set and supervision is an expectation. This will be a case by case decision.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days M-F

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