2016

We have filled our full time work crew. We are still looking for wwoofers and people interested in work exchange arrangement. please fill out the application if interested. 

Expectations? 

We do not use much machinery and will be implementing complex systems and practices in a diversity of evolving ways.  Thus, physical labor in conjunction with critical thought andattentiveness are important.  Experience we favor includes permaculture, manual labor, off-grid living, gardening & building.  Personal characteristics including honesty, reflection, adaptation, motivation, curiosity, and love are paramount. 

Education/Workshops can include soil health, nutrient management, foliar sprays, scything, perennial care, mycology, farm design, wild edibles, rice systems, and more.!

Work Time  ~30-40 hours per week.  This will be paid labor. It will be diversified. .  

Project Time ~ 10 hour/wk (Optional).  People can spend their own time on projects, or work less at the farm to make time for their own projects, with potential funding from the farm, or purpose projects during work time .  Possible projects here are trail systems, biomass heating, seed saving, arts coordinator, native nursery planting/grafting, aquatic gardening, aquaculture, bike power, natural building, outreach, medicinals, and more. I am open to new ideas, as I want people to work on things that inspire them.   This will work best for people who are individually motivated and passionate. There will be more Independence and with less oversight. I want these to be projects people are excited about that fit within the farm’s direction. To quote the ‘Magic School Bus’, this is where we will takes chances, make mistakes, and get messy (Is that reference outdated?!). 

These workshops will include soil health, nutrient management, foliar sprays, scything, perennial care, wild edibles, rice systems, and more! Possible projects here are trail systems, biomass heating, art coordinator, native nursery planting/grafting, livestock manager, aquatic gardening, bike power, natural building, outreach, medicinals, and more. I am open to new ideas, as I want people to work on things that inspire them.  Unless these overlap into Work Time Project ths time will not be paid. This will work best for people who are individually motivated and passionate.

Work schedules will vary.  People will be in charge of tracking their own time.  Work shifts will run either half days or full days. It might be a mix of working together and then working independently.  There will be regular check-ins on projects depending on the amount of collaboration or independence for the project. I hope there will also be a lot of work trade/parties throughout the season as well.  Folks can take one week long period of time off. I plan to do the same.  

Cash?

The hourly work pay will be somewhere between 7-10 dollars, and probably be graduated.  The pay is dependent on our finances (still figuring out), fundraising this offseason as well as people’s experience. 

Food eating?

There are many options.

  1. CASH CROPS - We will have access to the strawberries, veggies, rice and everything else we grow as they are harvested. 
  2. CULTIVATED PERENNIALS - There are also plenty of cultivated perennials (raspberries, sunchokes, groundnuts, grapes, peaches, elderberries, herbs, apples, plums, cherries) that are in production.
  3. WILD EDIBLES – So many on the farm and nearby.  Also seaweed on the coast! We have been keeping track of good places to forage nearby but never much time for this in the past.  . 
  4. LAYING HENS - We can get layers if we want. We have all the infrastructure needed.
  5. GROUP ORDER -  We can bulk order the rest of the food we need.

There will be a communal kitchen on the farm.  We as a group can decide how and what we want this arrangement to look like. I envision this with many shared meals.  People can take turns cooking.  We can also go in on a big bulk order of food together.  If we have a garden, we can figure out how much time we wish for everyone to put into it.  Cooking options on the farm involve a propane stove, a woodstove, and a cob oven.  We like to cook feasts!

Housing?

In conjunction with the hybrid model we will charge roughly 200$/month for rent. This will include, housing, showers, utilities and the food situation mentioned above. We have two cabin style screen houses as well as a 4-season style yurt.  (See gallery for photos).  We will live in town (15 minute bike ride from farm) during the spring, and the farm in the summer and fall.  There is a full woodshop at the house in town. Food will be covered during the spring, while we live in town. With the stipend an apprentice/worker could net 500-600 a month from the farm and with time to work at other places.

Work by season

There will be a vast array of skills for apprentices and most of them will take place throughout the season.  These include permaculture design and implementation, site analysis, carpentry, natural building, annual and perennial cultivation and care, use of hand tools, low impact forestry, care of livestock, food preservation. Spring – Design and planning, forestry, seedlings and planting, perennial groundwork. Bed prep, rice paddy prep.  Early Summer –scything, annual care, design and implementation, perennial groundwork. Late Summer – building, harvesting (wild & cultivated), preservation and processing, vegetable maintenance,  Early Fall – harvesting, building, forestry, preservation. Late Fall – putting beds to rest, building, forestry, chilling

Lastly?

Homesteading has been a huge part of our lives, whether it be preserving, drying, medicinals, brewing, etc. and while these items will not necessarily be tied into the formal structure we do have the means and access for people to make these things happen!