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We are a small non commercial farm on 5-acres. We do not participate in farmers markets or sell products through the internet. We seek only to be self sufficient. We can help you to learn how to do farmers markets because of Suzanne’s experience if that is one of your goals. On this small farm there are several raised beds, a greenhouse, summer vegetables, a blueberry and raspberry patch, mushroom beds, and a swimming pond. Most of the farm is a fenced pasture for 6 sheep and 30 chickens that has several varieties of fruit trees. There is a symbiotic relationship between the sheep, chickens, fruit trees, and the small lake. Perennial plantings of herbs and flowers around the house and garden round out the landscape. These provide us with much of the food and herbs we eat. There are many herbs that grow both here and in the wild, in Oregon. Excess foodstuffs we share with the guests we host and neighbors. 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. Portland and Eugene are not far. Eastern Oregon is further away and has a beautiful high desert with lava fields and forests mountain ranges.
Generally speaking: Suzanne is still recovering from radiation treatment. Both of us have had our booster vax. The dog has a partially finished lanai and thinks he's in Hawaii. Spring is beautiful! The ewes are mostly done lambing by the end of April! The lake is full with tears of joy. Winter rains still fill the soils It is a maritime climate here. Sunny and temperate in late Spring, Summer and early Fall. Daylight hours change rapidly in Oregon. On the average, 3 minutes a day. This season we look forward to meeting new arrivals. We invite your inquiries and look forward to hearing from you. David needs foot surgery, but has a wealth of knowledge to share. There is here, a possibility of becoming a part of an extended family. We have hosted workaway people for 4 years. We welcome people with experience, and we are here for the beginner who is looking for knowledge, experience and their place in nature.
In March and April we are planting seeds and transplanting to the garden. April and May we are direct seeding, weeding flower beds, weed whacking with a weed eater, fence mending, blackberry eradication, addressing irrigation needs, brush removal, and landscaping and maintenance projects are ongoing throughout the Summer. Food preservation and processing occur mostly in June, Sept, Oct. and Nov. We dry apples, pears, and spearmint and other herbs. Currently We have a persimmon tree and a couple of Italian Cypress that need planting, and need to instal a woven wire fence around them to keep the sheep from eating them. Planting of Winter greens and garlic happens in August and Early Sept. In the Fall we make cider, several jellies and butters; can salsas, hot sauce and tomato sauces; roasting peppers and freezing eggplant, peas, and beans. We produce and process enough for us to eat organically throughout the year. Excess fresh produce in the Summer and canned or frozen products from them in the Winter, are shared with guests.
Both David and Suzanne have masters degrees, in psychology and community development respectively. David owned and developed a vineyard and winery, grew up on a farm, and worked as a social worker with Children's Services. 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. We welcome your help. The main house has a large, beautifully remodeled kitchen and great room.
Pratique d’une langue
Aide avec des éco-projets
Compagnie pour pers. âgée
Bricolage et projets de construction
S’occuper des animaux
Aide dans une ferme
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
Whether from the USA or another country, we value, respect and provide an open, receptive and supportive environment for the exchange of culture and knowledge.
From a physical/intelectual perspective of farming, some of the opportunities that exist for you on our farm are: non till cultivation, seed starting, planting, varietal selection, irrigation management, food preservation, marketing, small animal stewardship and elder care skills. This is a place to apply and expand your skills, gaining a fundamental knowledge of permaculture and sustainability, specifically, as applied on this property. In this quiet setting, you can be a part of something larger than yourself, while also feeling recognized as a unique individual. Guests who spend time here generally leave with a broader understanding of agriculture while refining and clarifying their particular interests. Guests leave with an expanded skill set and are better equipped to continue their journey. Your happiness is our reward.
On our small farm we welcome you to share your interests, experiences and knowledge as we do ours. This exchange is mutually beneficial. Here, exists the opportunity to feel appreciated, grounded and connected to something larger. To feel close to Nature.
Nature is our mentor.
We are all stewards of the earth.
We grow and learn,
First of all, you must be fully vaccinated and boosted. A photo of your card is required.
We need help with chores that have become difficult for us as we age: household maintenance, bread making, preserving fruits and vegetables, wood cutting and splitting, animal care, barn cleaning, building up a new compost pile, gardening, weed eating, lawn mowing, flower bed care, planting perennials, building a picnic shelter, laying brick pavers, even butchering, are all possible ways you can be of help, ways to expand your skillset. You can set your own break times as long as the determined tasks are completed. We need flexibility from you in order to accomplish certain tasks in a timely fashion, like planting; and harvesting and processing in the same day. Working longer hours on some days when nature requires, allows you to be able to take additional days off to take extended excursions. Oregon offers a vast array of environmental possibilities to experience, and having several days in a row opens up these possibilities.
As hosts, because of our broad range of experience and knowledge, we adapt our requests for help to address your interests, goals and intentions. We do not ask you to do anything you not comfortable with, or that which is physically detrimental to your well being. We are looking for people who are interested in, or loosing their fear, of sheep. We have to pen them up morning and night, feed and water, and let them out in the morning because of predators. If you are someone with animal skills/interest, gardening experience, a strong back, curiosity and elder skills, and you are looking for a Summer of self fulfillment, you would check all the boxes.
You will stay in a tiny house, located in a corner of the property behind the main house. There's a small seasonal creek flowing from winter rains through July. There is a six burner outdoor grill for your use, outdoor table, chairs, and chase lounges. The tiny house has a sofa, a small dining table and desk, well equipped kitchen and bathroom with shower stall and composting toilet. There is a full sized electric stove and oven, full sized refrigerator and high speed internet. The kitchen is well equipped with most every utensil and appliance you'll need. There are two bunks, in two lofts, on opposite ends.The house is stocked with essential foodstuffs like oils, spices, teas, condiments, grains and legumes. As hosts, we will keep you supplied with cleaning supplies and toilet paper. Guests are responsible for cooking their own meals and buying the other foodstuffs they need. The washer and dryer are located in the garage next to the main house. The view from the tiny house is of the garden and small lake that lies beyond. There is a fire pit in the back yard. There is a 10 ft long picnic table and campsite by the dock on the far side of the lake for your use. Your family and friends are welcome to visit and/or to camp at the lakeside.
We can host two people. One bunk has a double bed, the other a single bed. The couch can turn into a double bed if you have guests. An underground 50 amp electrical service, and permanent ethernet cable mean you have internet. The view from the tiny house is of the garden and small lake that lies beyond. You have privacy.
The garden landscape photos in the profile are recent.
There is no smoking in the house. Smoking outdoors is OK. We are 420 friendly. Boots, hats and work clothes are needed. Wet and cool weather gear is needed in Winter and Spring. Summers are warm with cool nights, highs in the 80's, lows in the 50's. The humidity is low when it is hot. We provide gloves and encouragement.
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 away. The mountains are an hour to the East, the high desert, obsidian fields, skiing, rock climbing, white water rafting, and many other adventures await you.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
There is a router in the tiny house with speeds around 20mbps. Cell reception is spotty.
We ask for 25 hours a week.
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