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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 40
Persons: 3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 4915
Region: West

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Last Updated: February 6, 2016

Sweetwater Farm is a self-sufficient and small-scale organic goat dairy farm up in the beautiful mountains of Big Sur. We are really looking for serious students who are interested in goat & poultry husbandry, farmstead cheesemaking, beekeeping & honey production, fruit and olive orchard management, and vegetable gardening. The student will be fully immersed in a self-sufficient permaculture style of farm life. A 6 month internship is strongly preferred because of the training involved. A shorter stay can be considered if the intern is already experienced in milking and goat husbandry. Longer stays may be possible, if it is working out well. The length of time you stay determines some of the jobs you may explore.

The farm is located at 3000 feet in the Big Sur mountains, with spectacular ocean and mountain panoramas. Electricity is only from solar power and a spring supplies our pure and excellent water. The location is very quiet and remote. Please note, there is no television, radio, internet, or cell phone reception at the farm.

Students will be housed in their own personal yurts, which are equipped with cooking facilities, electricity, and water.

The schedule is 6 days a week/5 hours a day. Work is interspersed with break time throughout the day, and it is very flexible with the exception of the milking schedule. Because of the mountainous terrain, students need to be in excellent physical shape to perform the duties in this environment.

Further information will be provided upon request. Please call for a faster response - email is not checked frequently.

No children or pets. English & French spoken.

reviews (9)
Helper: Anna Yaw Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 31, 2016
I was lucky enough to stay with Charlie at Sweetwater Farm for the past six m... view complete review

Helper: Susanne Laager Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: September 23, 2015
Once again... I went to visit Charlie and his goats for the third time now. I... view complete review

Helper: Madison Mermoud Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 13, 2015
Ive pasted only three days with Charlie,but it was a.real pleasure to be ther... view complete review

Helper: Donna Winegarner Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: July 25, 2012
Charlie is an amazing cook and will keep you entertained for hours with the s... view complete review

Helper: Susanne Laager Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: January 13, 2012
Because it was so amazing the first time I made my way back to Charlies place... view complete review

Helper: Laura Mellor Weller Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: July 13, 2011
This isn't a couple farm, Charlie is running it, he has limited internet so i... view complete review

Helper: Susanne Laager Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: September 24, 2010
I was also one of the lucky ones to experience charlies paradise at Big Sur. ... view complete review

Helper: Chloe and Julien Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 14, 2010
It's never too late! We stayed in November at Charlie's place, which is reall... view complete review

Helper: Jessica and Ralf Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: November 19, 2009
We enjoyed our time with Charlie and Marion so much!! We extracted honey fr... view complete review

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