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North Fork
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 33
Persons: up to 8
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 60974
Region: West

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Last Updated: January 24, 2018

We're a small family farm that sells mainly to the families in our town and several nearby towns through a local market we recently opened that carries both our produce and that of other local farmers. We also sell produce to a few local restaurants and to the nearby Vipassana Meditation Center. My husband Hansel (I’m Sue), 27 year old daughter (Becky) and 25 year old son (Aaron) do most of the work, helped for the last eight plus years by some wonderful Wwoofers that have come through.

For housing our interns, we have a two bedroom trailer with full kitchen and bathroom that is the main "Wwoof" building, with another 2 bedroom trailer and 4 RVs parked around it each of which has 1-2 beds. Wwoofville has its own solar array which Wwoofers are shown how to maintain while they’re here. We also have a small “cob” structure that one of our wonderful Wwoofers designed and constructed, that can also be used for housing. There's a DSL hook up in the farm house for those who have laptops, but since all of the power on our farm comes from solar or hydro, we have to keep electricity use down (so we ask everyone not to spend too much time on the computer).

We provide any food we grow on the farm (seasonal vegetables, eggs and goat milk products) plus some staples we sell in our little market in town (rice, beans, oats, honey, olive oil, nuts, etc.), and in exchange we ask interns to put in approximately 20 hours/week (usually weekday mornings from around 8-1). While Wwoofers prepare most of their own meals in the “Wwoofville” kitchen with food we provide, they eat lunch together with rotating cooks on a volunteer basis, and they're free to buy any other food we don’t provide.

We need help mainly with planting, weeding and harvesting seasonal vegetables and some small construction projects relating to fencing, barnyards, etc. There are also extra projects (like the school garden we run on Fridays during the school year, the commodity distribution for North Fork’s low-income families that we run the 2nd Saturday of each month, a retail market we operate in our little town, three farm festivals we help put on in the spring, etc) that they can volunteer for if they're interested. We also raise goats for milk and cheese and chickens for eggs, and our visitors are welcome to help with those chores too if they're interested.

We're in the middle of the Sierra National Forest so there's no regular utility company and everything we operate runs on solar, wind, hydro or back-up generator. As for climate, we get some snow in the winter, but usually only 2-3 times a year for a day or so and then it melts off. Most of the winter it's 40-50 degrees here, though it can go down to the teens. In the summer, it's pretty hot and dry (sometimes in the 90s, and there's no rain from about end of May through late October/early November), but we do have some creeks and a dough boy pool to cool off in.

We prefer longer term visits of at least two months, since we've found that you don't really get a sense of what we do if the stay is shorter. If you're interested in a stay here and can commit to at least two months, please contact us.

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