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(5/2/21) Update. Presently. We have had a cancelation and now have an opening. Food for the year to come is in need of planting now. We hope to plant peas, beans, squash and the seedlings we have started...peppers tomatoes, basil, and eggplant. We already have salad greens, parsley, cilantro, kale and potatoes in the greenhouse. Short or long, this may be a memorable experience. Your help will be greatly appreciated. In addition to described below, we require people to become vaccinated when eligible.
Imagine yourself on a 5-acre farm that includes several raised vegetable beds, a greenhouse with summer vegetables, a blueberry and raspberry patch, a swimming pond, a fenced pasture for 8 sheep and 30 chickens, many varieties of fruit and nut trees, shrubs and flowers. Sustainability is our philosophy, and permaculture is our approach. This farm is nestled in the Willamette Valley, close to the cities of Salem, McMinnville and Corvallis. We are looking for an independent soul for a several month stay due to Covid. Of course, if it's not a good fit, either party can say so. We need immediate help removing damage to trees from the ice storm. The ability to lift wood and stack is a must, as is cutting and sawing. There is also a need to help in the planting of seeds for transplanting in April and May. Weeding flower beds, weed whacking with a weed eater, fence mending, blackberry eradication, monitoring irrigation, brush removal, and landscaping are ongoing. July through September food preservation and processing occur. Drying apples, pears, and spearmint and other herbs. Summer presents opportunties for weed eating, brush removal, and additional tree pruning. You will also be helping to to plant three small persimmons trees, some Italian Cypress and installing a woven wire fence around them to keep the sheep from eating them. Planting of Winter greens and garlic happens in August and September. In the Fall we make cider, jelly and apple butter; canning salsas and tomato sauces. roasting peppers and freezing eggplant. A major project is installing a water outlet for the garden. Currently the main feed is from the lake. An underground 50 amp electrical service outlet, and permanent ethernet cable for the internet have been installed for the tiny house. You will have use of a full sized electric stove and oven, full sized refrigerator and high speed internet in the tiny house. There is an 6 burner outdoor grill for your use. The tiny house has a well equipped kitchen with most every utensil and appliance you can think of, a bathroom sink, shower, washer, dryer and composting toilet. The view from the tiny house is of the garden and small lake that lies beyond. There is an outdoor table and chairs next to the tiny house for your use, and a large picnic table and campsite by the dock. You have privacy. There's also a fire pit in the back yard. The garden landscape photos in the profile are recent. We have a new pup, an English Shepherd, who doesn't like cats. This breed is protective and usually doesn't get along with other dogs. And other dogs can be a threat to the sheep.
Both David and Suzanne have masters degrees, in psychology and community development respectively. David owned a small vineyard and winery for 20 yrs, grew up on a farm, and worked as a social worker. Suzanne has been a farmers market manager, worked for the post office, and built the tiny house. David has two grown daughters, Suzanne has two grown sons, all of whom live and work elsewhere. We both have a wealth of information and experiences, and are happy to share when asked. We are sources of information on farming, permaculture, gardening, irrigation, marketing, food preservation, and a variety of other topics, some esoteric. Your presence is helpful as we are both in our 60's. David needs a shoulder replacement and Suzanne is recovering from recent brain surgery. We welcome your help. The main house has a large, beautifully remodeled kitchen and great room.
Práctica de idiomas
Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
Cuidado de animales
Ayuda en una granja
Cocinar para toda la familia
En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.
On our farm there is the opportunity to learn the basics of having your own garden and small animal stewardship. We are also canning through out the year and butcher our own meat (in July/August). Our small farm is a good place to gain experience to feel confident to start up your own sustainable natural place. We are adaptive to your level of experience and knowledge. Whether beginner or expert, young or old, we have opportunities for you to contribute, to feel self fulfilled, appreciated, grounded and connected.
Nature is our mentor. We are all stewards of the earth. There is wisdom in listening to, in observing nature. In nature we grow.
We could use your help with everyday chores. We are not offering meals with this arrangement because of the tiny house has a well equipped kitchen. You would be welcome to share in the garden’s surplus when we have it. Having a vehicle is a bonus and gives you the freedom to explore Oregon. We have parking for one car and/or truck. Western Oregon University is in Monmouth. Oregon State University, a land grant university, is in Corvallis. Willamette University, a private college, is in Salem. Bring your appetite for food, work, laughter and relaxation. This is a great place to do Yoga, dance, draw, write, read and muse upon the bounty and beauty that surrounds.
You have your own house, and don't need to wear a mask outdoors unless working with one of us in close proximity. Both of us are vaccinated.
We are friendly folks, live a fairly quiet life, enjoy laughter, love gardening, cooking, music, and meeting new people. You can set your own break times as long as the determined tasks are completed. Your flexibility in order to get certain tasks accomplished, like planting, harvesting and processing in the same day, is necessary. In exchange, during less demanding times, you will be able to take 4 or 5 days off.
Please let us know your level of experience in agriculture, of your interests and desires, hopes and dreams. If you have them, please provide photos of your Work Away or other outdoors experiences, with you in the photo, of course! Gardening experience is helpful, but not imperative. The desire to help plants grow is. We can teach you about many aspects of small scale farming, animal care, food processing, and permaculture . Skills are a bonus! Please tell us about any additional experience or skills you have! Tell us what you'd like to learn! Running a weed eater or riding lawn mower. weed whacking, cooking, carpentry, wood cutting stacking and splitting. Butchering, cleaning barns, brush clearing. Caring for critters, irrigation, permaculture. Designing labels for value added produce. Learning/practicing your Spanish. Tell us what you love!
You would be able to stay in a tiny house on wheels, located in a corner of the property behind the main house. There's a small seasonal creek flowing after winter rains arrive and into July. There is a six burner outdoor grill for your use, outdoor table, chairs, and chase lounge. The upstairs loft includes a full-sized bed, and the sofa folds out to be a full sized bed as well with custom cushions. The second loft can be used for storage or guests and has a single bed. There is the sofa, a dining table and a writing table, kitchen and bath room with shower stall and closet space. The food arrangement is that the work away volunteer is welcome to partake of the gardens and the eggs. Right now, there are extra eggs regularly. In the Winter, not so much. There are staples such as oils, spices, teas, condiments, grains, etc. in the cupboards. Boots and work clothes are needed. Bring a hat and work pants old clothes in general. We have a new puppy, English Shepherd, that loves to jump and is teething. Your good clothes will suffer. He's a quick learner, but is still a puppy, just 5 months in mid April. Wet and cool weather gear is needed in Winter and Spring. We provide gloves and encouragement.
To the West, we are an hour away from the ocean (Newport, Yaquina Bay), and 30 to 35 minutes west of Salem, North of Corvallis, South of McMinnville. Portland and Eugene are one hour and 15 minutes away. Wineries surround us up and down the valley. The Willamette river is 7 miles. The mountains are an hour and a half to the East, the high desert, obsidian fields, skiing, rock climbing, white water rafting, and many other adventure opportunities abound.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
We ask for 25 hours a week. You are welcome to stay on for the rest of the week in the tiny house lodging.
Son opciones de calificación adicionales para cuando los miembros dejan sus comentarios. Se muestra la calificación media dejada en cada opción.
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