We are a young couple (late 20s) operating a small cattle farm in NE Oregon outside Pendleton. 35 head on organic pasture (plus 7 goats and 6 chickens). We do intensive rotational grazing, so we move the cattle every day using electric fencing. Live in a large but weathered farm house with plenty of extra room, and we are looking for 1 or 2 people to join us. Some of the cattle are owned by the landowner (my parents), who are still coming onboard with this whole permaculture thing. We both did our first PDC last year with Skeeter in Spokane, but we are still relatively new to this as well. Parents live about an hour away, and will come visit a couple times a month to spend time in the orchard or with the animals. We are paid a small stipend to cover food in exchange for basic upkeep and animal management.
Due to the daily moving and water needs of the cattle, someone needs to be at the farm every day. While it is a nice place to live and work, we would like to be able to get away to hike with our two dogs or go visit friends. We would like to have 1 or 2 people live with us (we can provide you a bedroom), and show you how to do intensive grazing. Once you feel comfortable doing the basic management (about 2 hours of work per day), we could start doing a rotating shift of duties. You would work for half the week, we would work for the other half. That would allow both of us to enjoy life away from the farm. Could even work for a week or two at a time for longer trips, we could probably work out a pretty kick ass arrangement that allows for longer journeys for both of us. Even when on the farm working, you will have a lot of free time to do as you please, whatever that may be.
Plenty of space on the farm for anything you want to grow, so if you want to try veggies, mushrooms, trees or whatever, feel free. Ideally, you would be an active outdoors person/couple that would like to have a home base, small income, and learn about animal care and rotational grazing in exchange for a minimal amount of work. Oh yeah, income. We are willing to pay $400 a month ($200 at the end of every two weeks) for 1 or 2 people. If you want to bring 3 or 4 people thats fine, but we can only pay $400. Length of your stay is rather open ended, if you can only do a couple months that could work, but now through October would be best. Who knows, you could end up staying the winter with us, just get it touch with me and we will go from there.
Attached a few photos showing some of the animals. If you think you're a good fit send me a message, look forward to hearing from people.
My name is Dana, you sound like an awesome couple!
My boyfriend, Michael, and I are also in our late 20s and are looking to homestead one day, we just got back to the midwest from Wwoofing in Australia for 7 months and are looking for the right opportunity to hunker down and learn and save up for our future start up. We love good music, can chef up about anything, love to fish, hunt, trap, garden. pretty easygoing yet hard working and very pumped about farming. Our schedule isnt nailed down yet maybe we can open communication and see if we can help eachother out if its in the stars?
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Chris, its Dana,
I replied to your post seeking live-in farm hands. It sounds extremely exiting! It always stokes my fire to learn of other couples our age trying to farm organically! Just thought id message you my email address in case you fancied my reply.
We are a humble, funloving couple willing to work and innovate. Michael was an agronomist for big ag and worked for the game and fish department with electric fencing know-how and I'm the artistic one both itching to one day start our own homestead! My email is email@example.com we would love to hear back and get to knpw you better and see if we're a good fit for you for a little while?
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