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Lompoc
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 40
Persons: 8
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 29779
Region: West

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Last Updated: August 19, 2019

Our free-range chicken farm is located in a beautiful canyon on the Central Coast of California just miles from the ocean. We specialize in raising chickens humanely for eggs, as well as to sell to backyard chicken keepers. We build chicken coops and offer poultry supplies for those who are just getting started with chickens. We also run a local Community Supported Agriculture program that offers member shares to our organic garden. Our goats provide us with fresh milk and cheese.

CURRENTLY OPEN: 8 Month Goat Internship, covering kidding season and raising kids. If you love goats, and baby goats, this is super fun! Also, learn how to milk goats and make cheese.

Our Focus:

You will learn about organic gardening and raising chickens for eggs. We also raise goats for milk and cheese.

Farm Work:

There is a one-month minimum stay. We ask that you join us with enthusiasm for learning, working, and helping us grow; and we promise to make the work as fun and rewarding as possible! A typical workweek is 8:00-3:00 pm with an hour lunch Monday through Friday, and 9:30-10:30 on Saturday and Sunday just for feeding and watering the chickens. We love what we do, and we reward hard work.

Surrounding Area And Activities:

The area around us is known for great wine. There is also an abundance of great hiking trails and bike routes here on the Central Coast. A few beaches are very close, as well as hot springs. There is a great local coffee shop, a library, and a few fun bar-restaurants for games of pool or happy hour. There is also a one-mile hike on the property.

WWOOF Accommodations:

Accommodations for the majority of WWOOFers will be in a dorm-style building with two twin beds per room. There is also a tiny house available for long-term guests. The building is co-ed, but the rooms are not. If you would like to tent camp with your gear, we can find an appropriate place for you. If you have an RV or camper, we can also make room.

There is an outdoor and indoor WWOOFer shower and sink; and two porta-potties. You’ll have access to our fully stocked kitchen and all living spaces (living room, patio, laundry room, office, yard). We provide all essential foods (vegetables mostly from our garden, eggs and honey from our farm, whole raw local cow milk or goat milk from our farm, fruit, deli meat and cheese, coffee/tea, almond/soy milk by request, rice, beans, oats, canned goods, yogurt, cheese, bread, butter, pasta, peanut butter, etc. (It’s a large and fully stocked kitchen.) You’ll prepare your breakfast and lunch. We rarely keep processed or prepared foods, so you should be able to prepare at least basic meals for yourself. As a community, we prepare meals for dinner that we can eat together. (There is a sign-up board for those who would like to contribute – the farm pays for all ingredients, but you can sign up to cook.) Those who eat dinner but didn’t help prepare dinner are responsible for cleaning up afterward (washing, drying, putting away dishes, putting away leftovers, wiping tabletops, counters, sinks, and stovetops, and sweeping.)

We host 6-12 guests at a time. We enjoy movie nights, game nights, and other group activities. We also have a large collection of books and movies you’re welcome to borrow while you’re here.

WE DO NOT ACCEPT WWOOF REQUESTS WITH PETS. We have too many dogs and cats on the property at this time.

Expectations:

Be a good housemate: you will live with a lot of people. You are expected to help keep the house and your living quarters clean. Do not leave your things around. Respect other people’s belongings and privacy. Farm Chores are due Friday each week (just sign up for one small cleaning task – it can be done during work hours on Friday.)

Be a good teammate: Be considerate, do your best work, be respectful, be helpful, and be a good example. Our farm relies on everyone as a unit. If you aren’t being a good teammate the farm cannot run efficiently, and we cannot keep you here.

Be a good worker: This is a voluntary exchange. We pay for food, utilities, and household supplies for a very large household and it is expensive. Your work is not free for us – your work is in exchange for free living. Please get to work on time, work hard, keep a positive attitude, and do your job well.

If you feel that you will be a good fit here and you would like to apply for a stay at our farm, please email us with a brief bio and include the following:

Your personal goals during your time here as a WWOOF guest.
Your hobbies, favorite activities during your free time, or passions.
Your biggest strengths and one weakness you’d like to improve upon while you’re here with us.
The dates you would like to book (one-month minimum).
Confirm that you carry medical or travel insurance.
Rules & Criteria
1. Leave no trace. Clean up after yourself, and help keep house daily. After cooking and eating every meal, the kitchen should be cleaned completely: washing, drying and putting away the dishes you dirtied, wiping up your mess off of the counter-tops, tabletops, cleaning spills or splatters from the stove-top or microwave, sweeping crumbs or messes off the floor, wiping down any kitchen appliances that were dirtied, and putting everything away. Please take note of the organization of the kitchen and refrigerator, and put things back where they belong (with other like items) so that everyone knows where they can find things. Please keep your living space tidy, clean up the bathhouse you use and replace the toilet paper before it runs out for the next person. Please do not leave any of our belongings or yours left out about the house. When you depart from the farm, you’re responsible for completely cleaning out your room, washing your bedding, sweeping your floor, folding and returning your blankets, taking out your trash, and making sure the room is ready for the next person.

2. Be a part of our “community”. WWOOFing is as much about meeting new people, as it is about learning agriculture. It’s important to have alone time, but please don’t seclude yourself regularly. Please be respectful, join in on the fun, and make some friends and memories.

3. Please, no casual hook-ups, or flings.

4. Clean up after every workspace, every day. Even if tools will be used again the next day, they must be put away where they belong to protect them from the elements at night, so they don’t rust, and also so that other people know where they can find them if they need them. Clean up all the trash created by the day’s work. Look at everything around you – if it doesn’t belong there, put it where it goes. If you don’t know, ask someone.

5. No clock watching. Please work enthusiastically until the job/day is done. If you lose motivation, so will everyone else around you and the job will take longer. On occasion, you will be asked to work over 6 hours. The environment is nice, the company is even better usually. There’s nothing to complain about. Hard work is rewarded. If you quit early on your own accord, or disappear from your job on a noticeable basis, leaving everyone else to pick up your slack, you will be asked to leave.

Length of Visit
1 Month, 2-3 Months, Long Term

Number of Visitors
4 max

Farm Type
Garden, Community, Market / CSA, Vegetables, Orchard, Dairy, Ranch/Livestock

Diet
Vegetarian friendly, Omnivore friendly

Lodging
Separate structure, Yurt / Tipi, RV/Camper parking

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