Greetings Helpers! We are now accepting work stays for 2020.
Our work stay season starts February 1 and goes through Thanksgiving.
There is the opportunity for paid work, working events or catering gigs in our restaurant, the Commons Farm Kitchen & Bar. A vehicle is necessary for these opportunities.
Every fall, in November, we host an olive harvesting party and need extra helpful people to help get our guests situated, prepare meals, help harvest olives and be generally cheerful can-do helpers who are also ok with hospitality. There is usually a group of 8-12 work stay visitors at this time. It is fun time for all, and many work stay visitors also do things together like wine tasting, hiking, swimming, etc.
We are a certified organic farm in Northern California (near Sacramento, about 2 hours to the SF Bay Area) raising grass fed animals for meat and we produce organic olive oil. We are primarily interested in hosting foreign travelers as part of a cultural exchange or US travelers for a maximum of 1 month, minimum 2 weeks.
We farm 110 acres (55 acres certified organic) in the Capay Valley. Our certified organic extra virgin olive oil is produced using sustainable water wise methods and by selecting cultivars for taste and high quality. We also raise pastured lamb and beef, free range (pastured) organically (or GM and pesticide free) fed poultry.
Please look over our website for pictures.
The Capay Valley is a unique farming community with many well-known organic farms. We are happy to be a part of the biodiversity of this small valley.
What we produce:
Certified organic olive oil (8 acre orchard)
Artisan fruit vinegars and jams
Soap and olive oil body products
Grass fed and pastured meats (including beef, vitellone, lamb, poultry)
Yarn and sheepskins
Seasonal fruit (in a 2 acre orchard)
We have raised beds which Helpers maintain that grow herbs and micro greens for the restaurant as well as veggies for the Helpers.
We expect 24 hours per week of meaningful work. Since Helpers will not be staying long enough to understand the "big picture", Helpers may work on several different projects in a day, which may seem confusing to some people. Others thrive on the variety. Daily tasks include: assisting owners and employees with feeding and caring for sheep and cattle, moving and feeding poultry, collecting eggs, mucking out, watering in the greenhouse and potted trees. Big projects may include: picking and processing fruit, fencing, irrigation, construction, planting, harvesting, weeding, pruning. Checking irrigation lines for leaks is a routine task that happens every time the system is turned on.
We are flexible with the schedule and can accommodate requests of 3 days off in a row in order for Helpers to explore nearby metropolitan areas such as Sacramento or Davis (there is a bus connection from Cache Creek Casino, which is roughly 5 miles from the farm). We highly recommend that Helpers to come with enough funds to ride the bus so that they may leave the farm for the day and see surrounding areas. We do pick up from the bus station at Cache Creek casino, but we do not pick up in Sacramento or SF.
We are a working farm who raise and process animals for meat. For this reason, we can not accept ethical vegans as guests.
Housing: single occupancy (1 person or couple) cabin or pull out futon in common area. We have two permanent cabins, one is occupied by an employee. Volunteers & employees have their own living area in a converted barn for day and evening use (separate from our family) with kitchen and bathroom, air conditioning and internet access. We also have an additional bathroom in our warehouse. There will be times in which the studio living area is in use as a recording studio and Helpers must respect these blocked out times. Most food is farm-grown: meat, eggs, vegetables, fruit, olive oil. We primarily purchase milk, bread, grains, beans and cereals. The employees are responsible for stocking the kitchen and will let me know when they are low on anything.
We do not allow dogs or cats in our common areas and we prefer not to have them in our cabins as well. If you have a pet, please contact us and we make decisions on a case by case basis.
We also do not allow smoking of any kind (marijuana, tobacco) in any of our buildings. We have a designated smoking area, if you are seen smoking outside of this area, you will be asked to leave. Our environment is dry and prone to fires.
We look forward to meeting you! We have been hosts since 2012. We have hosted visitors from all over the world- our most recent was from Italy, and our first was from New Jersey. We've hosted people from France, Belgium, Spain, Japan, Korea, Thailand, the UK, Wales, New Zealand, Canada and many parts of the US.