At our farm here in the Coachella Valley we grow 5 varieties of dates; Medjool, Barhi, Khadrawi, Halawi & Zahidi....and we also have young plantings of mango, temple orange, Barbados cherry and Mombin.
Tasks include: irrigation, pruning, picking, fertilizing, pollination, clean-up, compost, trenching, house cleaning, road repair. We clean our soaking pools regularly.
My hot springs is located in a very remote setting in the Coachella Valley of the southern California desert about 2 hours and 30 minutes from Los Angeles, or 50 miles southeast of Palm Springs, just off highway 111, in the morning shadow of the Chocolate Mountains, overlooking the middle of the Salton Sea, with the warmest winter climate in the western U.S.A.
No pets but plenty of wild creatures about; deer, bighorn sheep, owls, hawks, bobcats, coyotes, fox, turtles and fish in the canals, lizards, rabbits, quail, northern desert iguanas.
This is an organic farm with a natural hot water source that flows out at 124 degrees (51c.) that we use for bathing and irrigation. Health oriented, no tobacco, alcohol or drugs, we are not close to public transportation, but we can fetch people at Greyhound in Indio or the Palm Springs airport with advance notice for either place.
In bed by 10 pm and up by 6 am, the real attraction here is the natural world, with snowy desert peaks nearby, palm-lined canyons, empty desert valleys and very pleasant weather most of the year. We are 90 minutes from Joshua Tree and about the same to Anza Borrego, 35 minutes from Slab City and Salvation Mountain, 75 minutes to the sand dunes.
Maximum stay negotiable, 4 day minimum for helpers arriving by public transportation. 3 rooms & 6 beds, 3 hours work per day required, usually in the early morning.
Shuttle from Greyhound in Indio or or the Palm Springs airport. Year round activities. We have bicycles but are not set up for kids or pets. We also have Wi-Fi. We are English speaking and our kitchen has a no cooking with oil (frying) policy, but boiling & baking is fine, pre-packaged meat & canned fish are ok. International or out of state travelers. Guest phone & internet access, we always have dates and bulk food items like rice, beans and lentils, but also apples, citrus, bananas, eggs, organic salad mix, pasta, potatoes, tomatoes, tortillas, bread, granola, herb tea, melons, avocados, carrots & such for our for our volunteers.
Some hiking and cycling trails nearby and a massive snowy mountain range a little over an hour away.
8 months of pleasant weather (October-May) then 4 months of intense summer heat (June-September). We also own 40 acres of desert wilderness in the San Jacinto Mountains, 5 miles off the Pacific Crest Trail and surrounded by the Indian Reservation, and it has natural caves, deep pools and waterfalls, so we trek there regularly from March through October with volunteers to maintain the trails, collect medicinal native plants and eradicate tamarisk shrubs...so serious backpackers are appreciated for these outings.
If you are interested in volunteering here with us, please complete your profile before contacting us, and that will increase your chances of us choosing you. But keep in mind that we receive a lot of inquiry so the more we know about you the better. If you think you have an allergy to bee stings, forget this farm. Please, no closet smokers.
Check out our photo album with 71 images via our website link above.