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looking for WWOOF/intentional community in the Bay Area of California

 
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Hello,

I am a 28-year-old male and an upcoming graduate student. I am looking for an opportunity to do a work exchange or become a member of a permaculture based commune near the area. I have recently worked along with other farm based communes in southern Missouri and look to expand my reach and knowledge further west. My interests are; but aren't limited to, sustainability, permaculture, primitive methods, and homesteading. As a student at USF, I would only need certain evenings available to go to class, however, weekdays and weekends will be opened to me for the majority of my schedule. I won't be attending until roughly Summer of 2017 but could arrive any time prior to that. I grew up in a small rural town in NC and am no stranger to outdoor labor. As stated previously, while in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, I helped a local commune with their gardens and farm animals. It was generally an off-grid site so must of the labor was very primal with the use of rocket stoves and manual tools cultivate the land. The water was manually pumped from a well into a 365-gallon tank, we made use of a compost as well as an out-house. Some of the animals that were available to us were chickens, guineas, goats, and geese; the domestic animals were cats and dogs.  Unfortunately, I do not have substantial experience with cattle or horses but I am most willing and eager to learn in any area that is foreign to me. I am also willing to intern and study with any blacksmiths who may need an extra set of hands or intern with any herbalists as that is also an interest of mine. Needless to say, I do have a ton of interests but I am willing to work to learn those. I apologize for rambling and if you or someone you know may be interested in this post please feel free to contact me!
 
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hey man, i'm also looking for a work exchange opportunity and then a Spring time paid internship in preparation for migration to india, and i been looking through listings on ATTRA (Appropriate Technology Transfer to Rural Areas) and FIC (Fellowship for Intentional Community) websites, but there's also helpx, and workaway, and of course wwoof. you might want to try these ways to find one if you haven't already tried 'em...

good luck
 
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Thanks dude! Your help is greatly appreciated! I've been on wwoof, been holding out on it to keep from paying the membership but I may have to eat that to get a broader range huh lol. Thanks again!
 
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Sure... um, well, not necessarily tho. Seriously, you could use other means depending on your situation and (changeable) intentions.

Personally, I also have not paid for memberships to some of those sites I listed, but am thinking about it...

Also, I have had experience using FIC site (without paying membership) to find a fitting arrangement this past Summer.
 
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Depending upon where in the Bay Area you are, you might be interested in connecting with folks through the Santa Cruz Permaculture Guild: https://www.facebook.com/groups/santacruzpermacultureguild/?ref=ts&fref=ts

You can also get to know folks and get your PDC through Santa Cruz Permaculture. The course meets one weekend a month for six months; it's a lot of fun, you get hands-on experience, and you become part of a permaculture community that spans the Bay Area. Folks from as far away as the Sierra Foothills and San Luis Obispo participate in the Santa Cruz course: http://santacruzpermaculture.com/education/permaculture-design-course/
 
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