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Area (ha): 8
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 46568
Region: West

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Last Updated: March 17, 2016

We are an organic farmstead in the beautiful Capay Valley, about an hour's drive northwest of Sacramento. We are 4 adults and 3 children, ages 3 to 9. We keep goats and chickens mainly for our own use (milk, cheese, eggs, and meat) but sell extra eggs and trade cheese for local produce we don't have. We have a large veggie garden and produce most of our own food. We grow some veggies for sale (primarily okra, peppers, and garlic) and have a diverse and growing orchard (apricots, peaches, plums, pluots, persimmons, figs, citrus) that is just beginning to produce. Fresh fruit and value-added fruit products are our primary income crops. We do most of our work by hand or with a small walk-behind tractor. We spend a lot of time processing food for our own consumption: making cheese, making bread and corn tortillas starting from the raw grains, fermenting krauts, kimchi, pickles and olives, drying and canning fruits and veggies, grinding and leaching acorn, etc. We are also constantly upgrading our infrastructure, including buildings, fences and irrigation systems. This year we will be building a new packing shed and walk-in cooler, using straw bales and earthen plaster as well as conventional building techniques.

We're looking for hard-working people with good communication skills and enthusiasm to learn the skills we have to teach. We ask for 40 hours/wk of work in exchange for a cabin or tent space, 3 delicious organic locally-sourced meals/day, phone and internet access. Longer stays of a month or more are preferred. Interns help with whatever is happening on the farm - weeding, harvesting, planting, pruning, mowing, mucking out the barn, moving and repairing fences, building, making cheese and processing food. If they're willing, visitors also cycle through cooking and childcare rotations. Otherwise they will be doing a lot of dishes! Cell phone coverage is limited here but you can use our land line for in-country calls. There's beautiful hiking nearby and a glorious creek (river, really) to splash in when it's hot. Check out our web site and contact us for more details.

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