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Timothy Brogan
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Abbas Farm near Bandon, Oregon is seeking part-time help for ongoing improvement and maintenance projects on the farm. Our farm is 22 acres which is split between pasture, forest, orchards, a large barnyard, 2 acre pond and garden area. We currently have approximately two acres of garden area and grow organic produce and fruit for home consumption and local sales.

Major projects include, living space, fence building, garden care and improvement, irrigation and water systems, pond development, aquaponics, permaculture, animal care, solar system, cob house and similar work. We currently have one medium sized greenhouse, numerous raised beds, an orchard and keep goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits and horses. We are located near the Oregon Coast a few miles inland from Bandon on Hwy 42 S.

We are offering a full hook up RV/trailer spot with water, sewer, electric, washer and dryer with a beautiful view and a weekly organic food box in trade for 20 hours a week work. You would be able to keep a few of your own animals and tender a seperate garden space if you so desire. We intend to build another living space with a kitchen and full bath adjacent to the barn, but at present it hasn't been started. Currently there are three occupied households on the farm with a total of four adults and three children. Possibility for extra paid work available for someone handy and/or experienced in building trades or interested in child care, housecleaning, etc.

Couple preferred for long term but will consider single person if good fit. No farm experience necessary but skills and experience always a plus. Must be physically fit and willing to work. Background check and references required. No alcohol or substance abuse issues accepted. Social drinking is fine. Tobacco use in own space or outside only. Small dog or cats okay. Respond to this ad to apply.

You can see photos and learn more about the farm by visiting our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AbbasOrganicFarm) or http://abbasfarm.com
 
Marcel Oriard
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Timothy,

I am a 26 year old self taught permaculture student who is going to take a few workshops on natural building this year at Aprovecho. I currently live in Veneta with my partner and newborn son. We currently do not have an rv/tiny house so trying to find out if there are other available living situations on your farm. We are both into living in a more intentional community setting and working on projects that make a difference. We have both volunteered in our communities and on a couple projects and enjoy the community feeling of working through cooperation together on projects that matter.
I would like to find out more information and possibly come out in the spring and just help out and meet everyone. My partner (Alyson) is currently finishing her masters thesis at OSU so we would not move out currently and if we would have to bring our own living quarters than that would take more time too, but both are interested. I also noticed that your farm website says you are in Coquile so that would be perfect for me to attend one of their workshops and not be far away from my family. I didn't see any mentioning of couples with young children so wasnt sure if that is an option. We also have one medium sized dog and 2 cats which are all very loving. Thank you for being part of the farming of the future and building community

Ian
 
Timothy Brogan
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Hello Marcel,

Thank you for your interest in the position we are offering. Unfortunately at this time there is no other suitable housing available, especially for a couple with a small child. One of our current projects is to build a living quarters adjacent to the barn, but at this time we haven't began the project yet. We have received some other replies and are considering an individual that has voiced an interest but until the process is complete the position is still open. Hopefully by next year at this time we'll have made some progress with other living quarters and may be looking for additional help. It will mostly depend upon what we accomplish this year and whether or not we find the help we are looking for. In the interim, we do have the RV/ tiny house spot we put in this last year and were hoping to find someone that already had a mobile shelter.

On the matter of children and animals, a child and a few pets are not a problem per se, though with the pets it depends upon their natures and dispositions around livestock and other animals on the farm.


Marcel Oriard wrote:Timothy,

I am a 26 year old self taught permaculture student who is going to take a few workshops on natural building this year at Aprovecho. I currently live in Veneta with my partner and newborn son. We currently do not have an rv/tiny house so trying to find out if there are other available living situations on your farm. We are both into living in a more intentional community setting and working on projects that make a difference. We have both volunteered in our communities and on a couple projects and enjoy the community feeling of working through cooperation together on projects that matter.
I would like to find out more information and possibly come out in the spring and just help out and meet everyone. My partner (Alyson) is currently finishing her masters thesis at OSU so we would not move out currently and if we would have to bring our own living quarters than that would take more time too, but both are interested. I also noticed that your farm website says you are in Coquile so that would be perfect for me to attend one of their workshops and not be far away from my family. I didn't see any mentioning of couples with young children so wasnt sure if that is an option. We also have one medium sized dog and 2 cats which are all very loving. Thank you for being part of the farming of the future and building community

Ian



 
Dan Hulse
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Hi Timothy,

My girlfriend Devin and I have been WWOOFing for the past year and would like to continue working on farms and experiencing new places. We both love the sound of your farm and hope that you're still looking for help. Paid work on the side sounds perfect for us since WWOOFing didn't provide that opportunity. Spring or summer would be a perfect starting time for us and we would be willing to stay for 3 months or more.

I am 25 years old and passionate about permaculture and alternative lifestyles. I'm from West Chester Pennsylvania and WWOOFed for almost 10 months last year in central California and loved it. Both Devin and I worked with garden beds, seedlings, fruit trees (pruning, picking, mulching and weeding), chickens, tractors, property maintenance (fire prevention, ditching, and home repair), and honey bees (making catcher hives, building frames, harvesting honey, mite checking/prevention, feeding, and reducing hives for winter). I also have a residential carpentry certificate from Delaware County Communinty College.

Let me know if you would like to have us on your farm. I have plenty of references to provide need be. My email is dnhuls5@gmail.com. Thanks for taking the time to read this!

~Dan Hulse
 
Timothy Brogan
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At this time we've filled one position and will not be filling another until sometime around May or June. By then we should have more housing available and the RV spot should be available again. Anyone interested can still contact me with their information.

Thanks,

T. Brogan
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Dan Hulse
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I'm still interested!
 
Amanda Thomas
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Hi Timothy,

If anything like this happens to open up again, please let me know! My partner, my 3 year old, and myself are looking for farm/homestead living opportunities. A place with other children around is ideal! We're currently learning about building with cob, and we have some other skills under our belts. You can get in touch with me at waofl@yahoo.com or 530-925-2145.

Amanda
 
emily weintraub
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Hi,

I am a 35 year Permaculture enthusiast looking for work/trade options when I return to America. I've been serving in the Peace Corps in rural Zambia teaching farmers about agroforestry, soil and garden improvement and nutrition. I'm looking for a quiet place where I can grow food, live outside, enhance my permaculture skills, explore beautiful surroundings and hopefully enjoy this with a small community of like-minded folk. I prefer to camp in a tent outside (I've been living in a mud hut with no running water or electricity for 2 years so I am used to this). 20 hours a week sounds totally reasonable, leaving enough time to train for triathlons, which I plan on doing as well. I would be available to start in June. Let me know what you think.

Thanks,
Emily
 
Timothy Brogan
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The gentleman who was going to take the position, had something else come his way so the position is open for someone with an RV or tiny home. We do not really have suitable facilities at this time for any other arrangement and due to the proximity of other dwellings and a scheduled cob house workshop, applicants will need to have a self-contained mobile dwelling.

We are getting to where we really need someone as soon as possible so we are looking to fill the position quickly...

At this time we really need someone with construction skills to help us build the living quarters as we have a 3 week cob house building workshop scheduled for June which means we have to have facilities available for those who will be attending.

Please email me at manager@abbasfarm.com if you are interested, have construction skills and an RV.
 
Timothy Brogan
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emily weintraub wrote:Hi,

I am a 35 year Permaculture enthusiast looking for work/trade options when I return to America. I've been serving in the Peace Corps in rural Zambia teaching farmers about agroforestry, soil and garden improvement and nutrition. I'm looking for a quiet place where I can grow food, live outside, enhance my permaculture skills, explore beautiful surroundings and hopefully enjoy this with a small community of like-minded folk. I prefer to camp in a tent outside (I've been living in a mud hut with no running water or electricity for 2 years so I am used to this). 20 hours a week sounds totally reasonable, leaving enough time to train for triathlons, which I plan on doing as well. I would be available to start in June. Let me know what you think.

Thanks,
Emily


It sounds as if you'd be great for the position though until we get some living quarters built there are no available bathroom facilities for a caretaker, which is why we are seeking someone with a self-contained RV.
 
Timothy Brogan
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We found a suitable couple for the farm here on Permies, this thread is now closed until such a time as we can integrate others in the future... thanks all.
 
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