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Coalinga
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 160 acres
Persons: 1 - 3
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 19417
Region: West

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Last Updated: April 7, 2016

We are a 160 acre working ranch located in the Mount Diablo Mountain range, in southeastern Monterey County (although our mail comes from Coalinga, Fresno County).

We have a horse,5 burros total from the 2 we adopted from the BLM and October 2012 they had offsprings. Also 2 Alpacas and a small herd of African Pygmy goats.

Our birds include laying chicken hens, guineas, wild turkeys (that are domesticated), geese, Indian Runner ducks and Peafowl.

Could use someone to care for our animals and birds on a daily basis. Work projects could include out building repair, fence repair or enclosure repair. In the spring we prep and plant our family garden.

We ask for stays of at least 2 weeks as it takes a few days to learn how to care for our animals and birds.

If you are a loner, like disappearing into your room or a do-it-my-way person do not apply. As we encourage camaraderie, conversation and doing things together. Our hope is you come to learn and experience the rural lifestyle, caring for birds and animals and just what it takes to keep a ranch functioning. A team player works best for us.
We have no Wi Fi, but, do have a dialup connection that's available to check your e-mail.

Minerva is from The Philippines and cooks many of her favorite dishes. Howard has lived in Monterey County all his life and is well versed on local history. He is also an 8th generation Californian.

We have bedrooms available in our ranch house and we eat together like we are all family. If you like you could campout if you have your gear.

If you are coming by public transportation we can meet you in King City as both the Greyhound bus and Amtrak bus stop in King City.

We normally have a weekly "town day" and guests are welcome to go with us to town and also sometimes to historical events, ie: meetings, lunch or dinners, tour historical sites.

We are a tobacco free host. And also please no alcohol or drugs. You should be well organized, neat, clean and pick up after yourself without being asked.

reviews (9)
Helper: Genevieve and Peter Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: May 2, 2015
Wow. Staying with Howard and Minnie was the most wonderful HELPX experience w... view complete review

Helper: Jennifer and Ashley Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 19, 2014
We stayed at the Rocking 7 Ranch for three weeks in April 2014, and it was th... view complete review

Helper: Gail Ruckel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 8, 2014
Spent about two weeks This is nice hobby farm homestay. They are well prepare... view complete review

Helper: Robert Rodriguez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 8, 2014
I enjoyed this helpx experience very much! The atmosphere is very relaxed and... view complete review

Helper: John and William Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 14, 2014
My brother and I couldn’t have asked for a better HelpX experience. This was ... view complete review

Helper: Pauline and Julien Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 25, 2013
It was for us a first experience but it was very nice !! The ranch is very co... view complete review

Helper: Kris and Anne Louise Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Denmark Date: April 20, 2013
Thank you guys so very much! We stayed on the 'rocking 7 ranch for only t... view complete review

Helper: Nicole Preziosi Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 7, 2013
(Wow, Alyson's review dead on hit the nail on the head!) They were great host... view complete review

Helper: Alyson Irene Radeke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 1, 2013
My time with Howard, Minnie, and their menagerie was filled with such purpose... view complete review

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