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Santa Cruz
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 8
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 3800
Region: West

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Last Updated: June 17, 2018

Located half way between San Francisco and Monterey, near the California coast, our farm grows tomatoes, herbs and flowers using organic principles. We also have a large annual tomato plant sale in the spring and many gardening and self-sustainability workshops, which are listed on our website.

Our helpxers participate in all aspects of farm maintenance: sowing, planting, harvesting, egg-gathering, weeding, brush clearing, trash hauling, customer interaction, class assisting, basically everything that it takes to run a home-based farm.

There are many animals on the farm, including a flock of chickens, two dogs, two beehives and five cats in the yard.

We are located near many tourist destinations and day trips to San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel and Santa Cruz are all easy to do.

HelpXers are expected to help and learn 6 hours each day, 5 days a week. We pay for all room, board, toiletries, utilities, bedding and food.

We are vegetarian and vegan friendly, but do eat meat here.

We have very good wireless internet.

We can usually pick you up at the airport (closest airports are San Francisco, Oakland, or San Jose) or from the bus station. We also have camping or RV-parking capability on the farm.

Please do not apply if you need more than two alcoholic drinks per day. We are cannabis friendly.

We are open to all races, religions, nationalities and sexual orientations. Although we love kids, we've determined that welcoming helpx families with children doesn't work for us.

Please NO PHONE CALLS! Emails only. If you don't hear back from us, you are welcome to send a follow-up email.

NOTE: Some of the older reviews refer to a short walk into town or a bus ride into town. We relocated our farm four years ago, and no longer have bus access to town, nor can one walk there or easily bike ride there. We do have folks going into town just about everyday, and they can give you a ride to a bus stop that can then be a conduit to go anywhere in the Bay Area.

reviews (14)
Helper: Ephraim Kotzerke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 13, 2014
I stayed for a month at Love Apple Farms and i really enjoyed it! I made a lo... view complete review

Helper: Raphaelle and Spencer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France, Metropolitan Date: April 25, 2014
We first stayed at Love Apple Farm in December 2013, and loved it so much tha... view complete review

Helper: Emily Quilter Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 14, 2013
This farm is set in a wonderful location with fantastic views and open skies.... view complete review

Helper: Simon Conyard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 7, 2013
I stayed with love apple farm for three months, from the end of September to ... view complete review

Helper: Jason mcanuff Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 17, 2010
I really enjoyed my stay here, Cynthia went out of her way to make sure I was... view complete review

Helper: Carson Whitmore Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: April 6, 2010
I wish I could have stayed longer than a month and a half! I learned a lot in... view complete review

Helper: Allison Brown Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: October 21, 2009
I feel very privileged to have been able to experience this place first hand ... view complete review

Helper: Georg and Irene Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Austria Date: October 9, 2009
My girlfriend and I stayed at Cynthia's place for 10 days in May. It was a fa... view complete review

Helper: Roisin and James Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: February 20, 2009
What can we say? We had an absolutely brilliant time (gorgeous in fact!) wit... view complete review

Helper: Jenny lodge Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: January 24, 2009
I spent 8 weeks here and my main impression was how at home you are made to f... view complete review

Helper: Amy and Brandon Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: January 20, 2009
Cynthia is an excellent host. Her house is comfortable, with friendly people... view complete review

Helper: Franck Marchal Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 25, 2008
I had a great time here, Cynthia is laid back with a sharp irony. Food is sim... view complete review

Helper: Camilla Jenny Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Switzerland Date: December 12, 2008
The only thing on that farm I didn't like was the thought, that I was going t... view complete review

Helper: sam miller Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: December 4, 2008
I was the first helpXer and came here for a week and stayed for 6!!!!! T... view complete review

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