McNab Puppies help this summer? Biointensive Garden, Orchard, Solar energy, Emergency Response grant, All happenin in coastal Northern California, USA



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Dear Planetary Helpers,

    Please note: Please be patient and we'll get back to you ASAP! Merci, Gracias, Gratitudes

    We acknowledge that our beautiful Earth is changing rapidly due to human impacts. Help us experiment with living simply, consciously and peacefully no matter what we face. Together we choose to thrive and be resilient. 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 local free food bank store.

    We have a new Solar Array constructed and our solar leader has some great new and economical ideas on how to go about this. This and other technical and construction projects could use some support.

    We were awarded funds to work on a 22' trailer as a farm and emergency response Office and First Aid station. As an off grid farm we can offer peoples some services in disaster events. We completed our Emergency Response Office ERO and First Aid Office and have Ham Radio and first aid supplies in the new quarters. We need help with making forms and protocols.

    Spring means lots of seeds to tuck into the soil while we also prepare beds and plant seedlings. We always have small construction and garden projects ready for you. We also need lots of signage for the farm and painting.

    We have nice camping places for tents or RV type campers. We also have a tipi, small yurt and two large canvas tents to set up at the end of our rainy season but will need help to get those set up.

    We would like to host, long-term, a single or a couple who have garden and/or construction experience. Our certified instructor, Sydney, use Biointensive gardening methods and teaches us about veganic/closed-loop methods to nourish the soil and plants. Last year Sydney did a three series hands on workshop" Quinoa from Seeds to Seeds. Our Workaways attended free. This year we have another even larger plot of Quinoa growing.

    Notice: We are a non-profit (501c3) charitable farm and this new venture will not be producing income for the farm for at least two years. We could use volunteers at this point that have some garden experience and want to learn more about our methods while receiving room and board for the exchange of hours. We have hosted many since 2017 and it's been a great adventure for all involved.

    An aspect of our community is that we value substance-free and clear-minded peeps in our communal areas such as the common house, garden and while working on projects. This includes cannabis, alcohol, nicotine etc.. We share a belief that this creates a safer and easier environment for clear communication and working harmoniously together.

    If you are very community oriented, curious, looking for a shared garden, alternative energy sources, natural building, sustainable practices, and plant-based eating values... then we would especially enjoy hearing from you. If you are looking to live and take part in our Vision and Mission then we encourage you to come as a Workaway and stay for awhile and see if it's a match for you in a more long term way.

    On another subject: We are learning how many folks are sensitive to products containing the ingredient: Fragrance. Fragrances are chemicals ingredients 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. Thank you for taking the time to be conscious of what you bring into the community. Aromatherapy 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 industries, as much as possible. We try to have a beautiful year-round garden for much of our food. We buy bulk legumes and grains. Our big greenhouse and hoop-house help to extend our growing season and are places for plants and people to hang out and relax. We will be glad to share what we know and you are welcome to experiment in the kitchen with our vegan and raw recipe books.

    Our Community Land Trust has the deed to 27 acres of plants and mixed 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, easy biking distance from the small town of Ft Bragg.

    We are located about 3-4 hours drive north of San Francisco. The Mendocino Transit Authority MTA can bring folks here by bus from Santa Rosa, Ukiah or Willetts.

    We are self-governed with a 4 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
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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. Redwood forest is in process of being saved from logging. Wonderful trails for hiking and mountain biking, Yoga, dancing, music and art are around here too.

  • Help


    We could use your help with many projects including solar array construction, ongoing gardening projects: weeding, planting, harvesting, natural and salvage building, preserving harvest, food storage cellar, , shelf building, organizing. (House bathroom remodel, new little house to complete. cleaning, signage and art. Maybe a mural?.. computer and website assistance always appreciated on the side.
    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. Summers may have fog but rarely rain.

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

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • 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 and a solar pump fills our water storage 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. we'd love to build a cob oven.

  • 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 have a great "solar dryer" set-up. Library in town is also available with printers, internet, and much more that the books.

    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 8am 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

    We have primitive camp sites but can offer showers and composting toilets. Internet is with cell tower or device with good reception.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    The farm has two rambunctious McNab cattle dogs residents that are trained to stay within the boundaries of the 28 acres. They protect the garden from deer incursion. We would prefer no additional animals. But talk to us if all else is a good fit.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days usually M-F with flex

Host ref number: 914233824893

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