Dear Planetary Helpers,
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.
Right now we have Sisters here that left their passions: one in the Peace Corp in Nepal and one from an Outward Bound program due to the pandemic. We are so glad that they have come to help out and will miss them when they leave now for several weeks. Having longer term volunteers means less travelers in and out. Three of us on the farm are from 66 to 75. We are hard working and healthy and wanting to stay that way. We need to stay that way!
BTW: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 especially.
Our gardens are so abundant and our season short to make all the goals we have set for the Farm. We received a grant to raise the tilth and increase carbon sequestration on our 6 acre meadow... by spreading compost, cover crop seed and mulch.
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.
Who is here: Residents Jesse, Sojourna, and Lee. 2 year old McNabb Dog, Moxie and a feral cat, Graykee.. Volunteers, Workaways, Hipcampers and Board members, Michael St John and Ohi Judy Vidaver.
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.
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.
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 use the concepts of Sociocracy for our conduct 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.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
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. Mountain biking, Yoga, dancing, music and art are around here too. We also have a internationally recognized plant-based culinary arts school that someone may be interested in attending.
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.
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 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 bottles to supply our cooking and hot water needs.
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.
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.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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