I am currently living at Rolling River Nursery in California. It is a magical food forest and permaculture nursery here and I have and will continue to be learning all about the diverse array of edible, medicinal, and useful plants, their particular varieties, and how to propagate them. I have never ran a nursery myself but have the experience of living on an organic nursery that minimizes its inputs and grows healthy plants. I have experience grafting hundreds of fruittrees of many kinds, vegetative propagation, and starting seeds. I am curious to shout out to the greater community that I desire to continue to apply these skills, share them, teach them, and supply a community with the healthy plants to grow food forests. Please post if you have any words, inspirations, or ideas for me on ways to share and apply my skills as a nursery man. Thanks!
It sounds like we'd be a good fit for you early next spring but if you haven't found an ideal spot, I've got 11 acres for you to work with over the next year. primarily we're looking at orchard crops, but also natives for the landscaping business. This year is a lot of set up but if you're a good fit there could easily be a full time nurseryman position once we're up and running. there's some details below. good luck to you! -Dave
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two folks, Holly and Dave, with three babies. a three year old and two infant twins. We have land, we have space and we have gainful employment. what we don't have is time.
between twin babies and a sustainable landscaping business that just tripled in size our property is...getting mowed, and that's about it. which seems like a shame.
What we are offering:
room and board*
paid labor at a living wage**
engaging farm work***
a good time****
and it's a really good year to be be gainfully employed playing in the dirt. we can fit just about any skill set into the schedule so I can assure you one day a week but if it something you excel at we can find more hours.
**** i really like our valley. for instance these are our nearest neighbors http://ourfarmky.wordpress.com/ . Albert who's house you can almost see from here is a professional potter who is always happy to have folks over and a further bike ride is a two other families on our road.
we're a potlucking sort. additionally if you'd like to try your hand at homebrewing, we have a fairly large set up. if you enjoy hiking there's 900 acres attached to our farm with the largest private lake in washington county included.we have canoes and it's a short drive to the salt river. if you'd like to go tubing cartwright creek is a fine waterway after a rain. We also have the lincoln branch which is best for regular creek dipping.
What we are looking for:
A few extra hands*
folks that are good with (or at least don't mind) small children**
* there is a tremendous amount of work to do and it is clearly defined ( I run crews for a living so you don't have to worry about being board sitting around waiting for me to make up my mind). While we would still like to meet you if you don't have a strong work ethic, you probably won't see much of us.
Summer/Fall Apprentice Opportunity Clear Water Sanctuary A cooperative Permaculture Homestead 20 miles northwest of Olympia WA
An apprentice would experience natural building including earth, cordwood and roundwood construction, reciprocating roofs, integrated greenhouses, barn-building and portable animal shelters, plasters and various earth recipes, off-grid water and energy systems, no-till forest gardening methods, pole-fencing, wild-crafting and a lot more. This will be a well-rounded and intensive learning experience in the sustainable arts. This needs to be a good match both ways. It’s a great opportunity for just the right folks wanting to learn a lot in a short time…by intensive hands-on experience. Here’s what we have to offer: besides the mentorship* (please see to learn more about the mentor) in Permaculture and natural building, a LOT of homestead skills will be in use and taught along the way. We can also offer to share an old-style farmhouse on a 100 acrecattle ranch nearby, complete with electricity, phone, clean hot & cold water, full kitchen and even a small hot tub we can set up. The ranch has a beautiful river that flows by. There’s also camping on Clear Water Sanctuary land, 25 acres of forest in-holding with a large clear, cold, creek that runs through. There’s room for 2-4 folks. The exchange covers the places to stay, a few bulk food staples, and intensive mentorship. Apprentices need to cover most of their own food and basic needs. This can be seen as a great deal because many students are paying lots of money to learn these skills in places that are more established. For a hearty soul eager to deepen their Permaculture design experience and broaden their natural building horizons, this could be a golden opportunity. If interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 0r try calling 360-249-3166