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Sonoma, California
All Year: Spring - Fall
Area (ha): 4+ acres-about 2 hectares
Persons: 1 to 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 37996
Region: West

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Last Updated: February 24, 2020

We're a small family farm on four beautiful acres surrounded by vineyards an hour north of San Francisco. Although family, friends and neighbors stop by frequently, it’s my husband Ted, our husky dog Clara and I who live at La Bella Luce and work the property as a labor of love. We used to travel a lot and now we feel fortunate to experience so many different cultures through the globetrotters who find their way to our door. We’re looking for helpers who appreciate simple things: the sun, the soil, jumping in the pool after work and cooking in an outdoor kitchen surrounded by vegetables.

Please be willing to get down and dirty helping us with (depending on the season) any of the following: fixing irrigation, harvesting veggies, pulling weeds, painting, planting, spreading mulch, transplanting trees, building and repairing fences, pruning grapes, drying and preserving fruits and vegetables, making wine, mowing the grass, building rock walls and yes, shoveling shit AKA: manure from our local organic dairy. Everyone helps cook and cleanup afterwards so bring your favorite recipes and/or dishwashing skills.

We supply food, laundry, lodging, wifi and transportation into town once a day. We also drop off at the Sausalito Ferry once a week for those who want to visit San Francisco. We work four to five hours a day five days a week. Accommodations are two guest rooms that share the same bath.

We`re sorry but we cannot accommodate dietary restrictions. Although we`re not entirely vegetarian, we eat and serve very little meat and try to stay away from animal products and processed foods in general. Our menu consists mostly of whole grains, seasonal fruits and vegetables we grow organically on the property or buy locally (although we do confess to an occasional donut splurge).

We don`t allow recreational drugs or smoking of any kind.

Feel free to ask questions. If you request to be hosted, PLEASE INCLUDE THE ESTIMATED DATE OF YOUR ARRIVAL AND THE LENGTH OF TIME YOU`D LIKE TO STAY. If our calendars sync, we'll ask for social media, passport and proof of travel/medical insurance before we confirm your stay.

Minimum age is 21. Must love large friendly dogs!

Web2 link above is Maggie’s video of her trip through California, including her stay with us.

All photos posted here are taken on our property. The horse belongs to our neighbor.

reviews (30)
Helper: Estelle Pezery Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 3, 2020
Terri and Ted are very lovely hosts. I stayed at their farm all of august 201... view complete review

Helper: Ku Xia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 19, 2019
I stayed 12 days with Ted and Terri this August. This is actually my second v... view complete review

Helper: Sebastian Carvajal Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Colombia Date: June 15, 2019
I spend 3 wonderful weeks at Ted and Terri´s little piece of paradise. There ... view complete review

Helper: Martina and David Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Czech Republic Date: June 4, 2019
Staying with Ted and Terri is everything you might want from helpx. They both... view complete review

Helper: Maria Dominguez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Argentina Date: February 25, 2019
I was the most lucky girl to cross my path with Ted and Terry. They are wonde... view complete review

Helper: PEIYING DENG Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: January 10, 2019
This experience on the farm was the most special and memorable one of my many... view complete review

Helper: Tuuli and Miikka Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: October 10, 2018
We stayed with Terri and Ted just for a week, but it felt like a month. When ... view complete review

Helper: Kátia Batista Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Brazil Date: September 23, 2018
Terry and Ted are extremely kind, caring and open minded, they're probably th... view complete review

Helper: Brechje Meijers Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: August 31, 2018
My two weeks at Ted & Terri's farm were absolutely wonderful! They are both e... view complete review

Helper: Jumbo and Iris Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 7, 2018
We are psychic and fortunate to spend one week with Ted and Terri, it is an u... view complete review

Helper: Johanna and Jonas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: July 28, 2018
Staying at Ted and Terri‘s farm was an amazing experience- we had wonderful t... view complete review

Helper: Bettina Jahn Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 16, 2018
I spent a wonderful week in Terri & Ted's house along with Marta another help... view complete review

Helper: Marta García Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: March 15, 2018
Totally recommended, it was a great experience. They made me feel as part of ... view complete review

Helper: Maryvonne Le Hir Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 29, 2017
I've had a really amazing stay with Terri and Ted. I spent a little more than... view complete review

Helper: Nicholas Xu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 4, 2017
This was my first ever Helpx experience and it was definitely killing it! I s... view complete review

Helper: Clarissa Herr Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 26, 2017
I stayed here twice. Once for 3 weeks ans then I came back to spend another 1... view complete review

Helper: Fabien Kufel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 20, 2016
"That's nice, you leave France to go make wine in California" I've been told.... view complete review

Helper: Sophie and Ross Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 17, 2016
This is such a special Helpx. We stayed for a week back in July and had such ... view complete review

Helper: Laura Manuela Osorio Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Colombia Date: August 26, 2016
I stayed during 4 weeks. it was one of the best experiences of my life. Ted ... view complete review

Helper: Laura María Palacios Narváez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Colombia Date: August 14, 2016
I spent 3 weeks in this beautiful place which is surrounded by an amazing gar... view complete review

Helper: Lauriana Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 24, 2016
Hi, i spent more than two weeks in Ted and Teri's house. It was cool. Ted and... view complete review

Helper: Roman Yearian Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 28, 2016
Great first HelpX experience in Sonoma. Ted and Terri are great folks and gen... view complete review

Helper: Valentyna Bilyk Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ukraine Date: March 18, 2016
It was my first HelpX experience. I spent three weeks in February with Terri ... view complete review

Helper: Francois-henry and Charlotte Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 15, 2016
Hi everybody, we would like to share our reserved experience at Ted and Terri... view complete review

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Helper: Xiaofeng Huang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: November 14, 2015
So lucky to spend two weeks with Ted and Terri, it is an unforgettable helper... view complete review

Helper: Hannah and Lukas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 19, 2015
Staying with Terri and Ted was the best thing that could happen to us on our ... view complete review

Helper: Kuolin liu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: August 27, 2015
I spend 13 days with Terri&Ted and i don't want to go anywhere i just want to... view complete review

Helper: Kristin Kenmuir Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: South Africa Date: July 14, 2015
I spent a week and a half with Terri and her family at the end of June 2015 a... view complete review

Helper: Julia QUIQUANDON Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 1, 2015
T ed and Terry were amazing. It was my first experience with Helpx and I love... view complete review

Helper: Alice Bèle Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 1, 2015
I spent one week there but I came back 3 weeks later 'cause it's such a wonde... view complete review

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