My neighbors have heard me talk about permaculture for a while now, and have decided that they want a permie on their property. They are an interesting international couple with 2 teens.
We live near Roseburg, Oregon, on 20 acres in a forested off-off-off the grid neighborhood. It is a unique community and could be a great opportunity for the right person.
If you are interested, message me via the forum and I will pass your contact info to them.
Here is what they wrote:
Land Manager Position
We are looking for a long-term land manager – six months to a year to start would be great.
We’d like to find somebody who is permaculture minded, interested in alternative building, enjoys hard work, has some skills in small construction, willing to be flexible, and can think creatively about off-grid-living.
We have 20 acres off grid (and butted up against BLM land) outside of Roseburg, Oregon located in a one-of-a-kind valley that has about 35 all off-grid homesteads in it.
We do a lot of traveling, and we are starting to plan to move overseas for a season and so are starting to ask around about folks who would be interested in helping us with current projects and to manage the property.
The property has two cabin-areas on it already - one on each side of the stream (we are in one, friends are in the other). We have lots of projects going on at all times (everything from cob chapel to micro hydro/solar systems to road work to yurt building to soccer pitch to music studio to chickens to barn/wood-working area etc...). We'd be interested in chatting with you if you'd be interested in helping out. We could figure out lodging, food, stipend, etc...
Hello, my name is Justin and I'm a young permaculture enthusiast and aspiring designer/builder/educator. My partner, Catherine, and I are from Austin, TX and currently on a 3 month immersive permaculture and organic gardening internship at Lost Valley Education Center, outside of Eugene, Oregon, while simultaneously completing a Permaculture Design Course. The experience has been so beneficial and we are now seeking new opportunities to expand our knowledge, skills and experience. We are envisioning a live-in situation on a farm, homestead, or community (we have a small travel trailer), but we're open to many options.
We are both honest hard workers and quick learners, intent on helping others and making a positive change in our community and the world. We have experience in the nursery and garden- seeding, transplanting, soil and compost building, organic fertilizers and compost tea, pruning, hugelkultur, several propagation techniques like layering and hard wood clippings, polyculture, guilds and use of chickens and ducks for garden/orchard preparation. We have worked in orchards, forest gardens and maintained forest areas, including some exposure to swales and key line design. Another big part of our education here at Lost Valley has been in infrastructure- grey water systems, compost toilets, light construction and natural building, solar water heaters, trail maintenance, rain water collection and more.
We have an entrepreneurial ethic and are interested in small business opportunities. We also both have experience working with children as summer camp counselors and highly value the education of the next generation. Oh, and we love to cook delicious healthy food! We don't need to work together if your only looking for one person, as long as other work opportunities exist in your area.
Thanks, Justin! I will forward this info to my neighbors! I know that other neighbors have woofers occasionally, so I think there would be a lot of opportunities here. If you don't hear from them soon, PM me here so I can make sure you guys are connecting with each other.