I just joined this website last week because I'm interested in learning about sustainability/permaculture/solar power, etc.
I am a 26 year old musician/actress/dancer from Los Angeles, a big, dirty, wonderful, but not sustainablecity. I've been escaping lots to Northern California lately. Jumping in rivers, eating fresh blackberries, meeting wonderful people, shopping at all natural supermarkets (we don't have those in LA - just Whole Foods!). I've been realizing more and more, that's the life I want to live. In harmony with the land. And I want to work my butt off for that life.
Anyway, just a little intro about me. I'm actually currently looking for a farm in Northern California that might be looking for some live/work help. See, the thing is, I want to learn, so badly. I'm not interested in making money right now, I just want to learn these skills, meet some intelligent folk, and work for all that learning experience. I'm thinking, at least 3-6 months... My dates are flexible, but January - June of 2014 would be ideal. However, I'll take what I can get!!
I'm on the search. Hopefully I can learn some stuff, and meet some cool people through this site...and HOPEFULLY find a place!
I have been here at a homestead in the Capay Valley of Northern California (Yolo county) since late March, and will be leaving in a month or so. And I need a replacement!
The main focus here is producing as much of our own food as possible and developing the homestead into a means of generating some income in the future. We have a herd of goats, (currently 17) a flock of chickens (~60), a young orchard of about 200 stonefruit trees which will be doubled in size this winter, various other fruit trees including four 100+ year-old fig trees , and a 1 acre garden. Its a 20 acre property, about 14 of which is currently being leased out to another organic farm who grows veggies on it. We're milking 4 does and making lots of different types of cheeses. Also lots of fermenting, canning, and drying to preserve the harvest. We provide almost of of our own food, with almost everything else coming from friends and neighbors.
The farm is owned by a wonderful couple with two young children. A lot of their time and energy is currently directed towards the kids, but they still get a lot done around the farm. Ideally there are 1 or 2 interns or work-exchangers here at a time, with a minimum of 4 month commitment preferred. We have all meals together with a rotating schedule of cooking and cleaning. There is a cabin as well as a beautiful little adobe structure for interns to live in.
This is a good learning opportunity, especially to learn about and gain experience in working with goats, making cheese, growing and preserving food, developing a homestead/farm, and possibly some natural building.
Let me know if you'd like more info or to get in contact with the farm owners. Good luck with your search!
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