I'm posting on behalf of a farmer in NE AZ who is looking for helpers, ASAP.
Up front, this guy is not what I would call permaculture exactly ... more old-school organic. He is in his 70s and set in his ways to a degree. So apologies if I am off base posting here, but I think he's close enough, and has lots to teach someone who wants to learn a wide variety of homesteading skills. This guy does it all, from cobbling to welding, and a person could get a priceless education from him.
This is a remote off-grid farm about 2.5 hours from Phoenix. The guy has been living and farming here for 35 years. It is a beautiful self-sufficient setup with solar power, 1 acre veg garden, 100+fruit and nut trees, vineyard, ~70 chickens, geese, turkeys. The farm produces year round and produce is sold at farmers market and to restaurants year round. It's located on a private inholding in the Tonto National Forest in a beautiful little valley. To get there you need a 4X4 or a horse, or hike in. The nearest neighbor is 6 miles away.
In addition to farming, the guy is a respected expert in wilderness survival and primitive skills, as well as an herbalist and natural healer. He teaches classes spring and fall and produces a line of herbal remedies that he makes at the farm. The website is www.reevismountain.org.
What he needs is someone who is reliable, honest, and clean (NO drugs or smoking), independent, has initiative, and is willing to learn and do whatever needs doing. Experience is not necessary if you are a fast and willing learner. In return you get food and lodging (AMAZING food; lodging in a private yurt or cabin) and participation in classes when possible. Someone who could stay several months or longer would be ideal. This would also need to be a person who is interested in or tolerant of both new age metaphysics and conservative opinions on certain issues, such as border security and overpopulation. The guy's a character.
Like I said, he's in his 70s and is currently running the farm, the herb business, and teaching classes with just one helper. I'm trying to get some more help to him ASAP. If you're interested or want more info, PM me, or check out the farm's website. Thanks.