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Edna
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 10
Persons: 1 0r 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 38161
Region: Southwest

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Last Updated: September 29, 2019

Our fall/winter season is underway with seeding and transplanting and bed prepping well along. It will be a great opportunity to learn about organic growing practices while experiencing Texas at the best time of year.

We are a diversified fruit and vegetable growing operation. As a small family farm in rural coastal Texas, we have been growing a mixture of orchards and row crops and raised beds for 14 years. The chores involve help with harvesting, planting, cultivating, and seed starting along with general maintenance, participation in on-farm food events and all the other jobs that occupy Donna and Ernest and their 2 long-term employees.

We can provide a full immersion experience in a market growing operation. This is an opportunity for people with serious farming interest, not simply travelers looking for a place to stay, and priority will be given to those with farming aspirations. Donna & Ernest are happy to mentor future farmers and will tailor farming education to meet your interests and goals.

We have openings for fall/winter 2019-2020!

What we are looking for:

-We are looking for farm help of 30 hours a week in exchange for room and board and a learning experience. Any hours worked over that will be compensated.
- We are asking for at least a one month commitment.
-This is a working farm and the work is physical and we expect Helpers to be able participate fully in all chores: harvesting, weeding, planting, chef's deliveries, pruning, foliar feeding and general maintenanc. Texas, particularly in the summer is warm, some might even say hot and for sure here in the coastal counties, it is humid. However, we do enjoy mild winters and fall and winter is a great time of year to work outside and enjoy the bounty of nature. Our winter season is underway, planting is in full swing, now is the time we can really use the extra help.

What we can offer:
First and foremost, we offer safe and secure housing so all can feel comfortable and at home.
-We have an immediate opening, starting May 2018
- We currently offer 3 housing options for helpers: a tiny house, a renovated Airstream trailer, and a new cabin. All three have access to an outdoor shower and an outhouse. The one-room tiny house has A/C and contains a new kitchenette (under-counter refrigerator, sink, double-burner hotplate, microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven and cooking utensils & tableware), a small seating area, a full-sized bed, ample storage and has a ceiling fan. The Airstream includes A/C, 2 sinks, a gas stove and kitchen with stove, refrigerator and toaster oven, a surprising amount of storage space, a twin bed and couch, a built in tape cassette deck and radio, and a deck with patio furniture. The cabin has A/C,hot/cold water, a gas stove with oven,twin over full bunkbed and a desk. The outdoor open-air shower is fully plumbed with on-demand hot water, has a roof and a flagstone floor, and is enclosed for privacy. The outhouse is separate from the living quarters, with a sink and electricity.
-We have a great on-farm library and video collection and include our Volunteers in all food events and sustainable food support activities in which we participate. You will be treated like family yet have all the privacy you may crave.
-There is access to Wi-Fi and a land line in the main house and a laundry room for all to use. Cell service is notoriously spotty out here in rural Texas. Some visitors to the farm revel in the ability to unplug for a while, but long term folks often invest in a go phone to be able to stay in touch. And did we mention the swimming pool?
-The farm is located on the Lavaca River, the last un-dammed free flowing river in Texas. This area of the state is known for its great birding and being remote,there is a lot of wildlife to observe. If you are happy to sit around a campfire, you can sometimes be treated to a coyote concert, and listen in on an owl gossip session.
- We are within 2 hours of Austin, Houston and Gulf Coast beaches. It is recommended that Helpers have their own transportation, we are remote and public carriers are not that frequent. We deliver to Houston at least once a week. And while we can offer lifts, we can not provide taxi service as it is a 200 mile round trip. We deliver to Austin also, but not as regularly.

-Check out our website (Knoppbrachfarm.com) and Facebook page to a get clear idea of what we have to offer. At this time we are seeding and planting out already started seedlings, getting ready for our busiest growing season. It is a wonderful time to be in Texas.
-We were also recently featured in this Houston Chronicle article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/Someone-else-s-farm-not-my-own-6708665.php

reviews (1)
Helper: Kalen Glinden Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 22, 2015
Now, this was my first helpx experience and first real (working) farm experie... view complete review

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