We are a small family farm. We have chickens, pigs, goats and gardens. We are situated in a beautiful small valley in Northern California, Mendocino County.
Bricolage et projets de construction
S’occuper des animaux
Aide dans une ferme
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
You could learn about basic small family farm practices, relating to both animal care and raising vegetables. We, freeze, can preserves and dehydrate food. We butcher our own chickens and pigs. We press apple, pear and grape juice from our garden. We raise most of the food we eat, and make a point of preparing things ourselves. There are generally 3 of us in the main house and our daughter and son in law in the small house. We have all lived in other countries and welcome opportunities to interact with interesting people.
We are retired school teachers in our 70ties, and could use help on our 5-acre property and with caring for gardens and animals. We use organic practices and are conscious of how we use the land and water.
Spring is a rush with everything bursting out in new growth, including blackberries trying to get a foothold. There is planting, weeding, pruning and general cleaning up.
Summer is hot and lazy necessitating early starts and some evening work, with time in the afternoon to laze on the river, read, play games, or take a siesta.
August through October there are fruits and vegetables to care for, harvest and cook, can, freeze or sell.
We have a flock of about 60 laying hens, and you might help with their daily care, collecting, cleaning, and boxing eggs. Also there are tasks to clean, trim and remove weeds (blackberries) on the property, feed pigs, sheep, ducks and generally help out.
I always appreciate anyone who is an organizer and cleaner, as I would rather be outdoors. I love to cook and make good food, and love to see how others cook and am ready to appreciate the results.
We’re trying to get a fence building project under way. More heads and hands would be a big help.
My husband is a potter and has a pottery studio that might interest you.
Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
My husband learned Spainish while in the Peace Corps in Bolivia in his twenties. In addition, we as a family spent two years teaching in Santa Cruz Bolivia. Then we spent nine years teaching in Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Thailand. We always appreciated the opportunity to learn new customs and languages and the many local people’s help and patience while we learned.
We have a large bedroom with a personal bathroom. We eat wholesomely, and as much as possible, what we raise.
Potter Valley is 15 minutes from Ukiah, CA and 2 hours north of San Francisco. There is no local public transportation in Potter Valley. Ukiah, 20 minutes away has public transit north and south.
We are in a beautiful rural setting and close to many camping and hiking places. We are surrounded by vineyards and mountains, and the Russian River runs through the valley. There are nearby places to hike, and swim. And the Pacific Coastline is a beautiful hour and a half drive away.
Some Workaway guests have been able to avail themselves of paid work in their off hours.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
We are rural and the internet here is basic. It is generally dependable, but isn’t extremely fast, although we have no issues with streaming videos and zooming. Others have successfully worked digitally from here.
Camper-vans are fine, but we don’t have space or hookups for an RV.
We have a Jack Russell Terrier, an American Leopard Hound, and two young cats. Four ducks and chickens wander the yards. If your pet will get along, we’d would welcome it.
Maximum about 4 hours a day, 5 days a week, with flexibility to accommodate side work, travel and exploration.
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