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Blanco
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 4
Persons: 1-2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 84279
Region: Southwest

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Last Updated: February 20, 2020

Who we are:

We are Michael and Kasey, the Reverse Pioneers! We run a microgreens business on a scenic 10-acre hilltop in Blanco, TX. We generate the majority of our income from our farm operations, including a new quail egg operation. Michael makes additional income from handmade woodcrafts. We also homestead chickens on pasture rotation. We are practitioners of permaculture and holistic management. We are interested in any ecologically sound agriculture system or strategy.

Mission:

To strive for self-reliance. To provide wholesome, enriching food for our local community while regenerating landscapes. To contribute to local economy and culture in ways that connect humans back to ecology and to the spirit of place. To provide a working example for those seeking a similar existence or who would like to learn more about human sustainability.

Length of stay:

Usually looking for a couple or a single person for an extended stay. A minimum 2-3 months after an initial 2-week trial period is ideal. Can offer extra paid work or assist with finding local employment, if desired. Currently offering stipend for extended stays (4-6 months preferred). Ideally, long term helpers would arrive during winter or summer to train during slow season and stay through our busy spring or fall season.

Hours:

Minimum 20 hours per week. We are more task-oriented than hours-oriented but strive to have a schedule that works fairly for everyone. Previous workers have also held part time jobs.

Tasks:

Watering/planting/harvesting microgreens, assisting with chicken care and paddock rotation, composting/gardening, homesteading/cooking/childcare, and lending a hand with whatever assortment of projects present themselves. Unique personalities and interests will contribute to an individual’s task list.

Lodging/amenities:

Small spare room in house with twin bed. Bathroom/shower in house. Pop-up camper with cook top/AC (currently needs a bit of sprucing up). Tent camping during temperate season. Wifi in house or on porch. Good cell phone reception.

Food:

We are omnivores who strive to source local/organic/responsibly raised food, or grow our own. Can accommodate any diet. Community meals a couple times per week.

Goals:

Maintain microgreens, quail, and woodcraft business operations; improve and bulk up black soldier fly and worm compost systems; improve pop up camper dwelling; improve our forage crop systems. In the long term, we’d like to shift more attention to broader land management, including water-harvesting features, bio-remedial mushroom production, and multi-species grazing integrated with productive crops.

Learning opportunities:

Making homestead staples like granola, mayo, ferments and sourdough bread; permaculture design/mapping; holistic planning; mushroom ID/cultivation; other useful tidbits.

Other:

Pets and children will be considered on an individual basis. No pets in the house.

As previous WWOOFers, we are well acquainted with how to promote a successful and enjoyable host/volunteer experience. This is primarily based around open communication and mutual respect. As such, we encourage communal activities such as meal sharing at least a couple of times a week and we expect all volunteers to participate in a weekly house meeting. Aside from that, we respect your privacy and encourage you to express your introversion and extroversion however you wish.

Local attractions/fun things: Blanco State Park has a lovely swimming hole and is a few miles up 281. Our neighborhood road provides a peaceful if somewhat boring jog. We have a homemade lawn bowling set, guitars and ukuleles, and campfire site. Music, art, and hammocks encouraged. Languages spoken: English (fluent), Portuguese (passable), French and Spanish (broken).

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