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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2.02 (hectares) - 5 acres
Persons: 1
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 6040
Region: West

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Last Updated: August 20, 2009

Bring your tent, small RV or trailer and camp on our farm in exchange for modest daily labor to support our family farm and care for our two farm dogs. Water and electric hook-up okay, but no sewer. We have a pool-house with toilet and shower for this purpose and the salt water pool is also available to use.

Our Family Farm is located in the Sierras of California at 2800 ft. elevation above the San Joaquin Valley floor; we are 20 minutes to the south entrance to Yosemite and 3 miles to Oakhurst, which is a small mountain town. Our place name is a Native American term meaning “place of peace.”

We have 5 fenced acres with 40 Arbequina Olive Trees, 26 trees of fruit, nut, and citrus, 9 grape vines, garden house (protecting vegetable food from mountain animals), melon patch, and a small herb garden. We practice organic farming though we are not certified. Our electricity comes primarily from solar panels on our house and there is a back up solar system in place to power our well.

Trade your modest daily work; hours expected are a maximum of 4 hours (28 hours a week). Some days you may work an hour or two and some days a little more; also participating in caring for our dogs when we are off-site (i.e. feeding and watering). Flexibility for work and/or school hours and days to coordinate your off-site needs is agreeable; we have experience working with many college students and understand this issue. Current needs are water management/troubleshooting for existing trees and plants.

The volunteer we seek will be light-hearted, hard working, and will also provide references; no cigarette smokers or drinkers please. Higher consciousness ideals which represent sustainability in an ecological manner and congenial personality represents the volunteer which will participate in our family farm. Skills will include gardening, including irrigation knowledge, and light carpentry. In exchange you will be placed on a unique patch of land in the mountains of California to farm and enjoy.

References required.

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