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Hello adventurous travelers! We would love to share our "petite paradise" near the Oregon Coast with you and in turn, receive help with a variety of projects to develop this 30 acre mini-ranch/farm into a more beautiful place. We share this special property with twelve species of domestic animals and our daughter is passionate about growing flowers, mostly dahlias. The animals here include Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats, Valais Blacknose and Shetland sheep, Kunekune pigs, alpacas, a horse, llama, turkey, giant rabbits, livestock guardian dogs, little dogs, barn cats, and chickens and ducks. The total animal count this spring is currently at about 240 (counting the poultry). In addition, a herd of about 65 elk often visit this little valley in the fall and winter months. Our large seasonal pond with its island also attract various species of wild ducks and geese. It is both remote and very peaceful here. We are 20 minutes drive from the Pacific Ocean and beaches and not far from mountains. If you are looking for night clubs and city life, this is NOT the place for you. It is helpful if you have a vehicle because the bus schedule is limited and most activities are beyond walking distance.
Our farm sign says "Sharing God's Love and Blessings" and that is our hope with anyone who visits here. From May through October, we host monthly free OPEN FARM days where we share our beautiful property, animals, flowers, home baked cookies, and hugs and love with visitors. The OPEN FARM days are totally FREE and everyone is welcome to visit. We need help cleaning and setting up each month for OPEN FARM and also people to act as guides and help with the activities and/or fun events. In the past, we have had "little animal races", pumpkin games, scavenger hunts, and more. We welcome your creative ideas too, there are so many possibilities with your added help!
Cameron and I (Anna) have been married for over 30 years and are blessed to have raised our three now grown children here (since 2000). Shantelle (wearing the orange blouse in the photo) is 27 and returned home about two years ago to help take care of this place and lives here about 60% of the time. She is a super hard worker and has really helped beautify this place with thousands of flowers. Our two sons (Tacoma, 25 and Jostan, 23) are attending nearby Oregon State University and are working on engineering degrees (Jostan just graduated and started a MS degree in robotics). Tacoma got married to Jackie in April of 2020 and she finished a teaching degree in 2021 (Jackie is wearing the skirt in the photo). Tacoma, Jackie, and Jostan live in Corvallis, about an hour east of here but the brothers visit on the weekends and have a part time job in this area on Saturdays.
Tacoma and Jostan are too busy to help much here anymore, thus we are hoping some of you would like to come work with us. It is beautiful here and the possibilities are endless for improvement projects. We love to meet new people and help them to have an adventure here at Camanna's Petite Paradise. If someone wanted to, we can figure out ways you could leave your mark here. You could clear a trail and put up a marker naming the trail after you, build a small bridge or garden art, plant a tree or herb garden, paint a mural on a barn wall, build a small structure, develop a campsite or fire pit for future visitors, have a special newborn animal named after you, the possibilities to leave your mark and be creative are countless! There are also many photo opportunities if photography is your passion. Shantelle and I love to take photos but aren't professionals. Two new ideas I have thought of in recent days include instructing goat yoga classes or use some of our many alpaca and sheep fleeces to spin or otherwise use in fiber art.
I am outgoing, creative, and joyful; staying very active and very busy here on the mini ranch/farm. Cameron works about 50-60 hours per week at Georgia Pacific, a big papermill about 20 minutes away. He is experienced in many areas and is a great "handyman" here. Cameron is a good leader and teacher, a very hard worker, and tends to be more private, mellow, and less talkative than me. None of us sit still for long and Shantelle is often found working late at night with a headlight on in her flower gardens. I kid her about how much dirt she brings into the house. Unlike Shantelle, Cameron and I tend to be "early to bed, early to rise", often getting our day started at 4 am.
We are Christians and love God but we are not pushy with our beliefs; we just want to share our love and blessings with all people. We work very hard and expect the same from our helpers. We are kind hearted, caring, honest, frugal and humble people who love it here - it is not a fancy place but it is truly wonderful. We also know that fun and time off of work are important, although I can't remember the last time we actually took a vacation. We will do our best to help you have some amazing and memorable experiences, both here on the mini ranch/farm and in the local area.
We aren't vegan or vegetarians personally but we can work to feed those who are, although during our super busy seasons, you may need to do much of the cooking of your special vegan meals. We will also need help from you to have your favorite ingredients on hand. Just let us know ahead of time what we should plan for. If you are especially picky, you could be the cook!
My hobbies all relate to activities I do here, - raising animals, gardening, landscaping, cooking, baking, photography, and more. I seldom leave home except to buy animal feed and groceries and to go to church. I used to travel and stayed for a year in New Zealand as part of a university exchange. Cameron and I both have degrees from Oregon State University, Cameron in mechanical engineering and animal science for me. Shantelle decided university wasn't for her. Cameron likes to tinker in his shop, mostly doing projects to fix things. That is probably more than enough about us for now! We want to get to know you!
Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
Cuidado de animales
Ayuda en una granja
Cocinar para toda la familia
Ayuda con ordenadores/Internet
It is beautiful and peaceful here and healing to the spirit. You could learn skills related to all the above listed projects and activities, to name a few: meal preparation, cheese making, goat milking, gardening, building decks and small structures, land clearing, fencing, renovations, landscaping, gardening, flower arranging, animal care, alpaca and sheep shearing, hosting events and serving others, I will add to this list, I have so many creative ideas to make the stay here special!
Even though we can't have you help with care of the Nigerian goats, the Valais sheep, or the Kunekune pigs, you are still welcome to interact with them on your free time. Time permitting, I am also happy to teach you to milk a goat and share my extensive animal experience. You can take a goat or alpaca for a hike or have a photo session with your favorites or ???
We have many amazing animals here but due to labor laws, we can NOT have you help with any animals where we sell some of the offspring. This is the case with the Nigerian dairy goats, the Valais Blacknose sheep, and the Kunekune pigs. We make little or no profit on the animals but since we do sell some kids, lambs, and piglets, thus the rule applies.
The goats do provide milk for cheese making (and other dairy products) and love to help keep the bushes nibbled back. The sheep and pigs are also pasture animals and have a mowing role. In addition, Shantelle's horse lives here, and we have a llama, alpacas, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats, Shetland sheep, rabbits, and a turkey. These animals are family pets, browsers to keep the pastures mowed and help clear brush, eat bugs and slugs, lay eggs, and provide interactive and educational opportunities and "cuteness" for our FREE OPEN FARM days.
Although we have many animals, none are house pets. We do have ten dogs here so it probably wouldn't work well to bring a pet of your own. Five of the dogs are large but friendly livestock guardians and live with the livestock in the pastures and barns.
We can always use help from people with carpentry skills! Most jobs just require a strong work ethic and some require a bit of muscle but an average middle aged or younger helper should be strong enough for most of the tasks. The weather is typically dry in the summer months and there are many outdoor activities and projects that are tentatively planned. What we actually focus on depends somewhat on the interests and skills brought here by our Workaway visitors.
Visitors are currently staying in the two upstairs bedrooms, one with a king sized bed and the other with a bunk bed with two full sized beds, and share the upstairs bathroom and live in the family home. In addition, a eight months ago, we purchased a 40 foot 2012 park model trailer that we are calling the "bunk house" where our wonderful helpers can stay. We have Workaway helpers staying in it now but is still needs interior work, like trim and new doors. It is currently place to sleep and has heat and electricity but no water or sewer yet but eventually it will be self contained. We have it set up in a pretty setting and plan to landscape it this summer, complete with a flower garden and an 8 x 32 foot deck outside the door of the bunk house. The bunk house can house men and/or women travelers. The bunk house has a queen sized bed on one end and a full sized bed on the other end and a jackknife foldout couch that can be a bed in the living area. In the summer, we will potentially have options for outdoor housing such as tents, a gazebo, and an enclosed cabana. It rains too much in the winter and spring for these to be options except from about July through September.
Our accommodations will get better over time. We will need you as workaway helpers to achieve that goal! In a couple of years, we may even have cabins in the woods for workaway helpers to stay in - if we have enough skilled carpenters come and help here.
We will stock the refrigerators and cupboards with food items suggested by our visiting helpers. We will also have milk, eggs, seasonal vegetables, and other home grown meal options. In addition, I hope to have a helper for meal preparation and cooking at especially busy times of the year. I would like to train up a helper to make soft goat cheeses (feta, mozzarella, etc), yogurt, buttermilk and more. Finally, it would be great to have vegetable and herb gardening help to provide fresh produce and dairy products for meals.
We are only 20 minutes drive from the Pacific Ocean and beaches and coastal town of Newport, Oregon. Inland are the mountain ranges and many more recreational opportunities. There is a local bus route with low priced fares and travel to many destinations, although since we are so rural, the timing is a bit tricky. When possible, we would be happy to drive our helpers to various locations and if legal, we may even have a vehicle to share for day or weekend trips. If it is legal, we hope to have a vehicle for licenced drivers to borrow for after work hour adventures - but that won't happen right away. There is no "night life" around here and no close by city. The university town of Corvallis is just over an hour away it you want to travel to have more of a city life adventure., although even Corvallis is only about 60,000 people.
We do not smoke, drink, or do any drugs and prefer you don't either. I worry about smoking here due to fire dangers (hay in the barn, dry pastures in summer) and I am sensitive to cigarette smoke. However, limited drinking is fine as long as it doesn't affect your work. Of course, we wouldn't want to deal with any issues or mess resulting from drunkenness. Drugs, ideally NO but limited amounts of legal drugs in outdoor and off-hour settings would be tolerated as long as their usage doesn't cause problems.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
We have high speed wireless internet access that usually works well both inside the house and outside in the barn/shop area. We do lose power at times with especially stormy weather but that is fairly rare. I am not very tech savvy myself but I think I can say YES, we are digital nomad friendly.
This would depend on the situation. We don't have any hookups set up or spots designated for campervans but we may in the future.
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20 - 25 hours per week of help. The hours per day and help days can be variable and flexible but need to be planned.
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