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B. Snow
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>> Established Cooperative Farm Based Community Seeks Permaculturist <<

Location: PNW - Temperate Rain Forest!

Yup, we are the real deal. We own outright a few hundred acres in a 700,000 acre national forest west of the Willamette Valley. Its in a temperate rain forest. USDA zone 9A! About 75 acres of the property is non-woodlands. Multiple streams run thru the property. Basically heaven on earth. There is a 2 acre fenced in garden (elk & bear proof); 2 acre fenced in mature orchards (same); multiple residences; greenhouses; shops; hay fields, animals, etc.  We have well established non-farm income. Basically we are as together as one might reasonably hope for.

Our head gardener is leaving in a few months (to deal with family illness). So we are looking for someone/couple to join us in our little corner of the world in order to take his place and continue the work of switching our operations from traditional methods of food cultivation to a permaculture based approach. You will have up to 4 people working under your guidance.

Desirable candidates will have verifiable experience in both gardening/permaculture (experience which demonstrates a proven work ethic, follow thru & results largely free of day-to-day-managerial oversight); as well as experience living and working with other folks.

We offer: non-funky housing; prepared civilized meals; monthly stipend; community wide wireless internet; free vehicle usage; supportive, enriching community culture; proximity to urban  services & culture; proximity to the ocean;  and more.

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Also, we are always looking for people with construction skills; and/or farming skills. Thanks!
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Respond here or at> farm.position@mail.com  


 
Tara Swenson
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Hello! Sounds like an amazing position. Unfortunately I'm a beginner and am not quite at the level to manage others... but I would LOVE to learn about any opportunities you may have for entry-level positions. I'm mostly self taught (have taken an online Permaculture course through OSU and an alternative building design course through PCC) but I'm constantly striving to learn more. I'm currently in the process of turning my own property from a grass lawn into a food forest. I love to work outdoors/with my hands and I'm passionate about sustainability and eco food systems. I'm located in Portland, but I've got transportation, and am potentially open to relocation, depending... Would love to learn more about your farm!
 
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I merged your stuff with the following thread. I hope that is okay by you.
 
Lottie Buckles
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Come Live and Work Together with Us on our Cooperative Farm

Established Farm Community in PNW (west of Willamette Valley) seeks motivated folks with proven track record (and relevant skill set) to live with us and work together on our cooperative farm.

We are the real deal. We live on a 300 acre farm (that we own outright) nestled in a 700,000 acre national forest. About 75 acres are non-forest. Three creeks (you can look in and see the salmon run) run thru the property. There are green houses, shops, hay fields, animals, fenced in (elk & bear proof) gardens and orchards; processing kitchens; tractors; etc; etc. We also have well established non-farm income. We are as together as one might reasonably hope for.

We offer: a variety of modest housing styles, quality family style meals, monthly stipend, community wide internet; community vehicle usage; proximity to ocean as well as urban attractions; enriching and supportive village type environment.

Skills we are looking for: construction, electrical & plumbing; farming, gardening, permaculture, animal husbandry, equipment operation; logging/chainsaw; office/administration.

Write to>  farm.position@mail.com  to find out more . Tell us about yourself and what you bring to the table.
 
Alec Solimeo
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Hello-

Glad to have found your post!
Two years ago we started 4seasonsAgconsult.
To this point we have basically built two agri-ecology based farms in the Boulder, CO area. I would say maybe it seems these landowners were starting about where you are without quite the same resource, meaning much smaller acreage, installing organic and balanced conventional plant/animal programs with the aims as finances stable to head more towards the longer term vision. Last years farm saw a 60 person CSA and sales to the fine dining of Boulder, whereas this year we hear them primarily towards a wholesale market.
We are running these farms as though we are a landscaping company, in the sense of installing teams to
Maintain the install work and then moving on has been the current theme but 700 could use some real time. We are already looking at a couple farms for 2017 but I'm very interested in offering a resume/reference and speaking about your community.
The opportunity to work towards permaculture/Agro-ecology without the need "go to market" would be a large motivation for the contact.
We are a family of 4 born in the Gunnison Valley of Western Colorado who have hungry for farming for a while now. So hungry we were farming what couldn't be farmed in the chest climate in the lower 48 for almost a decade. Our exit from the Gunnison Valley and farming have been very complimentary.
Regardless Id love to talk more but am writing from my phone. By chance could you offer me an email address so I can more formally introduce myself.
Current farm can be viewed at rfarm2.com and on Facebook, although we (4seasons) did not design or manage either of these media venues.
Bless
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Lottie Buckles
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Hi Alec,

Thanks for writing to us. You can send more info about what you are looking for to farm.position@mail.com

To be clear we are not interested in hiring anyone who provides work or services to us from outside of our farm community. We are looking for folks who might be attracted to this way of life to come live with us and work with us achieving our shared vision of a sustainable, self reliant, mutually supportive, farm based community.  Living largely outside the money based economy and living a more direct, immediate and less intermediated life.

-Lottie
 
Rob Woodworth
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Hi Lottie!

I'm very interested in collaborating with you, or at the very least, discussing the potential symbiosis we can create.

I sent an email to farm.position@mail.com about a week ago with my resume/cover letter and some additional information about myself. Just checking to confirm you received it.
If you're still looking for a helping hand, I'd love to discuss more specifically what I could offer your homestead. Thanks for your time and consideration!
 
Lottie Buckles
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Hi Rob,

We just sent you an email.

Also, to everyone out there: we are reaffirming that we are always looking for motivated folks with relevant skill sets who want to live and work together on our well established cooperative farm in the PNW (west of Willamette Valley)

We offer: a variety of housing styles, quality family style meals, monthly stipend, community wide internet; community vehicle usage; proximity to ocean as well as urban attractions; enriching and supportive village type environment.

Skills we are looking for: construction, electrical & plumbing; farming, gardening, permaculture, animal husbandry, equipment operation; logging/chainsaw; office/administration.

Write to> farm.position@mail.com   to tell us about yourself and to find out more.

~Lottie
 
B. Snow
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We are still looking for good people with relevant skills
 
afira ratliff
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hello!
this kind of situation is exactly what my husband and i are looking for. we have been dreaming of making a place like this ourselves but it is really hard.
my husband has been doing woodworking, leather working, and can fix anything and is excellent with groups and teaching others.
i have a lot of experience of working with animals and can raise and care for all kinds of animals, and have a dream of making and tending poly-culture gardens and orchards and animals.

we are currently in the PNW in Washington, have full time jobs but are not getting anywhere except taking all the money we make and giving it to rent and bills. we are so tired of this and would love to be useful, helpful, and do work that makes a difference for our planet and our community we become part of.
we are hard workers, and can come up with solutions to many problems and would work our butts off if we were only  given a  chance to do something really worth while, like what it sounds like you are doing.

we would love to talk to you guys if it sounds like we might fit in.
thank you for posting this, it sounds awesome!
 
B. Snow
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Afira,

Please send me an email addy to contact you. Send to farm.position@mail.com

~Lottie
 
Joshua Venture
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Hello,

My wife and I have been on the track of doing something much the same as your describe. We've been to a number of sites but haven't seen one done really really well yet. We'd be interested in talking with you as we are currently living fulltime in a 30' travel trailer so would only need a spot to park and hook up, and have quite a lot of experience to offer. Here is a rough draft of a consulting model we've been working on, to give you an idea of what we're all about: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NafiN4p6e4Uo1kMZYP45exJ36jDqCHaEq-h9u_RQQIQ

Our goal specifically is to find a place to create our own sustainable homestead, we're interested in setting up market gardens, etc. We'll be in the PNW this coming spring as we plan on being in southern California for most of the winter.

Joshua
 
Lottie Buckles
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Hi Joshua,

Just checked out your website. Seems like you might be some kind of fit for us, so we should probably talk. Contact us at farm.position@mail.com and we can exchange some more info.

~Lottie
 
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