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Area (ha): 130
Persons: 14
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 56622
Region: West

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Last Updated: April 16, 2017

About Our Farm
Overview: California Organic Work & Travel Internship Program (COWTIP) We offer a 4 to 8 week (preferably 8 weeks) internship experience on a beautiful organic farm in Central California during two time periods each year. For 2017 we have two sessions available: Session 1, April 3 to May 29 and Session 2, July 3 to August 28. Come and work and learn on our organic farm and travel with us on the weekends to experience California and the Grand Canyon. You will be working on our family farm thinning and harvesting fruit. We grow organic apples, pears, plums, nectarines, Angus cattle, and laying hens. We believe that people reflect their Creator and were made to live in abundance, we encourage community and invite you as family, we expect hard work and provide the space and time for fun and relaxation, and we love education and respect the environment. We seek to connect with people who love life and are seeking wholeness. Our weekly schedule for COWTIPers include work in the orchards Monday through Friday from 6 am to 12. Afternoons are free time with picnic dinners every evening. Trips are scheduled around California each weekend at cost and include an overnight California Beach trip to Santa Cruz, an overnight trip to San Francisco, an overnight camping trip to Yosemite, a weekend to Los Angeles to go to Disneyland and Universal Studios, an overnight trip to Kings Canyon National Park to see the giant Sequoias, and an extended three night trip to experience the Grand Canyon. We will spend one Saturday on the Kings River and another Saturday experiencing an old western style American Cattle Roundup at our nearby mountain Cattle Ranch.
Detailed Schedule: (subject to change) The workday begins usually 15 minutes before sunrise and will last 6 hours. The work may consist of thinning young fruit, summer pruning of tree suckers, collecting eggs, feeding hens, packing eggs (, cleaning farm stay rooms (, training young trees, checking irrigation drip hoses, general cleanup and/or harvesting of tree fruit. Afternoons will consist of free time and all are invited to relax and enjoy the Kings River or our amenities. Activities available on site are swimming in the pool, tennis or basketball on our court, canoeing or fishing in the River or just reading a book on your deck under the Valley Oak trees overhanging the Kings River. Lunches will be self serve in our kitchen. Dinners will be held together with other COWTIPer along the River or by the pool. COWTIPers will be expected to participate in cooking and cleaning for lunch and evening meals. COWTIPers are invited to attend events going on at our farm in our meeting room called the Daniel House.
There are two sessions each year for COWTIPers to apply for.
2017 Session 1, April 3 to April 29. 2017 Session 2, July 3 to August 28. 2018 Session 1,
We prefer that participants plan on staying the entire length of the internship. All housing and food while at our farm is provided by us as well as transportation to and from the Fresno and Hanford Amtrak stations or to and from the Fresno Greyhound bus stations during your stay. Trips will cost extra but will be at cost. Transportation, park entry fees, food and lodging that will need to be reserved for the Grand Canyon Trip as well as the trip to LA will be extra and there will be opportunities to work extra hours to pay for the extra expenses on the Trip during the week on the farm. COWTIPers must have their own health insurance to cover all health care needs or emergencies occurring during non working hours and we require COWTIPers to sign a waiver of liability upon arrival at our farm. All work related health liabilities while on their internship will be covered by our workers compensation policy. We look forward to having you on our farm for a unique and memorable experience!

"I stayed in this farm two weeks in september 2016, it was too short! This experience was AMAZING! Robís family and Ericís family were like my family! There are so nice and welcoming! I discovered and learned a lot of things! Iím so glad to have met these people, that will be a pleasure to come back again during a futur travel. Thanks so much !" Valentine D. (France)

"I had an amazing time at the Jacksonís. I helped with the chickens during 2 weeks: feeding them, collecting & washing eggs, setting up the place for the 1800 new chicks, .. I was mostly working in the morning, with Robís associate Eric, his wonderful crew Lupe, David and Julian, and some days, Eric's kids. Iíve got the chance to learn more about the conditions and care needed to grow organic fruits thanks to Rob. I always had my afternoons to explore the surroundings, enjoy some canoe on the river, read by the poolÖ. Pretty much what you can expect after reading Robís description of their farm. But most importantly, I met a wonderful community - Robís & Ericís families, their friends (with Jen with whom I spent a day in Yosemite) - all really thoughtful and joyful. I felt at home from the start. I was also pleased to go to christian masses for the first time. Rob built some really nice camping platforms by the river to be able to host several wwoofers at the same time. I hope I can experience one of those myself, and coming back is definitely on my list!" Raphaelle C. (France)

ďIf you're looking for the real experience of an organic farm, this is truly the place to be. From the moment you get to the farm you are welcomed by Rob Jackson and Eric Brendle and their two lovely families. Both families have such a passion for what they are doing and it clearly shines through when you talk to Rob and Eric, whether it's about farming or their perspective on life in general. Learn how to pick the perfect ripened fruit from Rob and join Eric on picking eggs and experience the craziness of dozens of wild chickens running between your legs for food. When I wasn't helping on the farm, I loved sitting in the garden or by the pool or staying in the house chatting with the family members. I felt like a part of the family right away and they really make sure to do anything to make you feel at home and part of their family. The area is really great too. The farm is close to a nice little town with a great community and fairly close to some of the most amazing national parks. So don't cheat yourself from this experience, I definitely won't forget it.Ē Katrine S. (Denmark)

Behavior Covenant and Work Rules: To begin, in applying for our farm experience internship, we highly value references from past employers of our applicants. Character references are also highly valued from non family members. We at Dothan Farm Experience value each and every person we associate with. We are committed to show each other the highest level of respect and we desire to cultivate a culture of honor among our WWOOFing interns. In order to do this we enter into an agreement with all who decide to come stay and work with us.
All participants must covenant to honor each other, the host, his associates, their guests as well as fellow COWTIPers who are at Dothan Farm Experience. All participants must commit to respect the dignity, experience and worth of everyone whom we come into contact with at Dothan. All participants must commit to respect all human life including those yet to be born and thus we require any of opposite sex who want to live and sleep together to be married. All participants must commit to follow the example of the host or his associates at work and will endeavor to follow their direction in how to perform tasks. All participants must agree to follow the same work rules that the associates/employees abide by as written in the employee handbook for our farm. All participants must commit to abide by the ownerís principal rule of "doing to others what you would want them to do to you."
Participants covenant to participate in learning together about ourselves, the system of organic agriculture and our World and its Creator. Participants commit to cultivate and to display an attitude of curiosity, a focus on developing good habits and a desire for personal growth. Participants commit to discover their passions and then becoming their best selves so that they can reach their potential and bless the world they live in. Participants commit to improving themselves and thus to live life intentionally in light of how they plan on impacting our world.
Participants commit to follow all laws of the State of California and in addition we commit to refrain from the use or consumption of all drugs and alcohol while on our premises. For those who have the authorization to legally work in the U.S.A. we do offer a limited number of paid internships and/ or extended work hours for barter or for pay if our participants so desire.
All other general policies and criteria are the same as and consistent with those enumerated in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the WWOOF-ing USA website.

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