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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2.8
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 26275
Region: West

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Last Updated: March 19, 2019

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. Electricians and carpenters are appreciated here.
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 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.

reviews (14)
Helper: Eelika Kapitan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Estonia Date: July 12, 2018
Gordon is a really nice host and you’d be missing a lot unless you go and exp... view complete review

Helper: Madeline and Tommy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 22, 2017
Gordon was a fabulous host! His farm is beautiful- view of the Salton Sea, Ch... view complete review

Helper: Morgan da silva Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 11, 2017
I had a marvelous time here. Gordon is not your average guy, he has a weird a... view complete review

Helper: Dan and Jessica Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 24, 2017
We had an amazing stay at Gordon's farm for 5 nights. He is the perfect host,... view complete review

Helper: Alexander Tarnas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 29, 2017
I stayed for only two nights at Gordon's place, but it was well worth it. He ... view complete review

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Helper: Mia and Sam Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 9, 2017
Staying with Gordon was a great experience. We were preparing for our PCT th... view complete review

Helper: Eline and Niels Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: December 1, 2016
Gordon was a super friendly host who went up and beyond to make us feel at ho... view complete review

Helper: Kristin Witte Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 23, 2016
I had a great time staying with Gordon in November 2016. Although it was only... view complete review

Helper: Jana Bohne Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 15, 2016
I spent an amazing month at Gordon's farm. Although insanely hot, the desert ... view complete review

Helper: Alyssa Van Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 1, 2016
I spent just under a week at Gordon's house, from May 22nd to the 27th. As my... view complete review

Helper: Deyke Zschachlitz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 4, 2015
I spent 2 weeks at Gordon's amazing place in the desert. Already the view int... view complete review

Helper: Christophe Vancutsem Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: August 14, 2015
I'm Chris and I'm from Belgium. I landed on the US ground for the first time ... view complete review

Helper: Vera Dekkers Dekkers Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: June 27, 2015
Me and my friend stayed with Gordon for a few days. Gordon is really nice a... view complete review

Helper: Barli Estelle Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 9, 2014
I spent 1 week here in April. There was a lot of sun. The work start at 7:00 ... view complete review

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