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Arroyo Grande
All Year: yes
Area (ha): 2.5
Persons: 1-2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 24313
Region: West

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Last Updated: March 5, 2020

Update*** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ONE WEEK : MARCH 2020, 8 to 15th***

Dear HelpXers,

We are organizing a volunteers' week this spring: from March 8th to 15th.

We will build a new pen for our 3 adorable goats and work in the permaculture garden. There will also be plenty of other activities and things to learn, from making cheese and beer, to roasting coffee and watching movies.

We will also host a lecture from botanist MattRitter, author of "CALIFORNIA PLANTS: A Guide to Our Iconic Flora" on March 14th.

If you are available at those dates, we would love to have you!

Coming next*** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ONE WEEK : JUNE 2020, 21 to 28th***

Please message us in advance if you are available at that time :)

A little about us: We live on a 5-acre farm that serves as a gathering place for community events and workshops. We are dedicated to facilitating continual intellectual growth and encouraging conscientious, reflective, and sustainable living. We host educational lectures, workshops, solstice gatherings, and musical celebrations as the farm.

We are located just outside of the beautiful coastal towns of San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande on the Central Coast of California. Our name, The Lavra, comes from the Greek word for the place where lives come together, a sort of intersection of souls.

We have a large "main house" and additional dwellings where residents and guests stay.

We currently have 25 chickens, 3 goats (including a milking goat), 2 dogs, a large garden and a vineyard.

We have a volunteer cabin all ready for 1-2 volunteers, which has a bed and bathroom nearby.
We have all of the necessary bedding and pillows, but you might want to bring additional blankets or jackets as it gets pretty chilly at night!
We provide food for all of your meals, but you will probably have to prepare your own meals most of the time. We are pretty laid-back and like to give people the opportunity to explore our beautiful area when they come.

We typically plan about 4-6 hours of group work-time per day, and free time the rest of the time. We also offer educational demonstrations in goat cheese-making, beer-making, and coffee-roasting.

We are surrounded by beautiful beaches, wineries, and hikes. If you have a car, this usually makes exploration a lot easier, though we have figured out arrangements for people without cars too.

We often need help with outdoor tasks including planting, weeding, animal care, or construction. Please contact us if you are interested in working in a rural environment!

A litte about your hosts: Brandon and Olympe are passionate about permaculture and ecosystems design. Brandon graduated form CalPoly as an engineer, and Olympe is a French designer. Before living at The Lavra, they traveled across the US volunteering and learning from different communities and organic farms. Their projects for the farm include: aquaponics, vermicompost, perennial garden, food forest, mushroom growing, natural fertilizers and native wild food experiments.

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