All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 10+
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 35232
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Last Updated: May 7, 2019
Spring is here and we’re looking for enthusiastic, helpful hands to be a part of our community ranch! We`re putting in our spring garden and preparing our other garden for summer crops. There are many projects happening here at A Madrone, more details on this below.
A Madrone Ranch is surrounded by Klamath National Forest located in Siskiyou County, California on 20 acres of land with the closest neighboring houses about a mile away. Garden and orchard lands are approximately 2 acres. We live in a unique environment as a community of friends dedicated to having fun and it’s a great place to Helpx! We’ve been residing in this location since 2001. We’ve welcomed over 100 visitors through WWOOF and HelpX program since March of 2014.
What we look for: Enthusiastic, fun, interested people looking to be immersed in community life and contribute to various projects and activities.
25 miles west of Interstate 5, it is easiest to arrive by car directly to the ranch. (though bicycle is possible) Limited public transit is available from Yreka, California to the small rural town, but not directly to the property. We will happily assist in arranging transportation from a nearby town.
Spring Garden: greens, radishes, asparagus, beets, carrots and more
Summer Garden: tomatoes, peppers, corn, squash, cucumbers, beans and more
Garlic 6 types and shallots 2 types
Grape vines: 3 varieties
Fruit Orchard: Apple, Pear, Montmorency and Sweet Cherry, Peach and more
Hops Bines: a dozen varieties
Wild crops: watercress, blackberry, mint
Farm animals include:
Fowl: chickens, peafowl, ducks, guinea fowl
Mammals: hogs, milk and meat goats
Helpx residing opportunities are available year round. 14 day minimum stay is requested and longer stays are welcomed. Full time residency is also available. Long term residents live in a group because they feel it is the most fun they can have. They have a garden, animals and various other hobbies and activities to relate over for the pleasure of it.
Helpers are invited to participate in gardening and/or animal care, and various projects. Daily activities include some or all of the following activities. Gardening duties vary day to day including soil prep, weeding, vine training, pruning and picking. There is daily care for the ranch animals. We prepare meals and take care of the kitchen together as a group. The spring season includes tilling, plot prep and planting. Summer season includes plot prepping, crop planting and transplanting, plant maintenance, harvesting crops and food processing. During the fall season, priorities include harvesting and processing foods harvested from the gardens, garlic and shallot planting. This includes picking crops, prepping and storing. (freezing, canning, drying, etc.) Animal care happens year round.
Additional projects on site include: deck building, cabin building, grape vine arbor rebuild, lumber milling, wood splitting, brushing, alternative energy installation, building a new wood-fired oven, and many more.
Residents live as a community in two houses containing 14 people and have accommodations on site for Helpers. These facilities include a small cabin, tree house platform, shared bedroom and tents.
People of all ages are welcome. There are no cats on the property, there are 4 ranch dogs who are in permanent residence and we cannot accommodate another dog onsite. The property is surrounded by National Forest and wildlife is prolific, from birds to beavers, fox, deer and more.
English is the primary language spoken though some of the residents also speak additional languages including some French, Spanish and Hebrew.
Onsite recreation and activities include swimming hole, Bocce ball court, grass tennis court, climbing wall, outdoor basketball hoop, Beekeeping, home brewing, wood-fired oven cooking. Nearby activities include hiking, proximity to the Pacific Crest Trail, seasonal mushroom hunting, rafting, bird watching, kayaking and fishing on the Klamath River, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and much more.
Residents also manage and operate a non-profit charity and conduct a weekly food giveaway providing food to 50 families every week locally in Siskiyou County. Volunteer opportunities are available.
Breakfast and lunch are casual, dinner is prepared daily for an omnivorous diet and all are welcome to assist in food preparation and eat together, we like to dress up for dinner! If you are a strict vegetarian/vegan, A Madrone Ranch may not be the place for you.
Use your own skills and pick up something new. In addition to short term visitors, we welcome individuals seeking a long term living arrangement. Our community focuses on pleasurable living and good communication skills to have more fun in all aspects of life. Our goals include, but are not limited to; having fun together, good communication, being nice and taking care of each other and growing, raising and eating good food.