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We are looking for 2-4 people for a work-trade position on a 6-acre permaculture homestead in the Santa Cruz area. This comfortable property contains many amenities and sometimes hosts workshops, farm-to-table meals, events, guests, & students throughout the year. Most importantly we are looking for all around homestead help caring for the land, livestock, farm, garden, orchard and family while living a self-sufficient lifestyle that is in sync with the land ecology, our family harmony, and homestead related activities. This live-in opportunity is available immediately, and both temporary or long term options are possible and all are described below: 

ACCOMODATION OPTIONS:

1 Person Option – 3 month – 2 year option

  • Beautiful, tiny home with patio, kitchenette, dining table, bathroom, & bed.
  • 80 exchange hours/month at mutual convenience = 20 hours/week (no weekends).

– OR –

1-2 Person Option (or small family of 3) – 3 month – 2 year option

  • Beautiful 1-bedroom
  • 80 exchange hours/month at mutual convenience = 20 hours/week (no weekends).

– OR –

1 Person Short-term Options (we have 2) – 1 week – 3 months

  • Cute, furnished private room with patio OR adorable glamper, both share an outdoor kitchen (refrigerator/stove/sink/table), hot shower & composting toilet.
  • 60 exchange hours/month at mutual convenience = 15 hours/week (no weekends).

ALL BENEFIT FROM:

  • Abundance from the property provides for 10 humans with a bit of everything. We have water, fruits, nuts, berries, eggs, vegetables, meat, honey, dairy, wool, mushrooms, herbs & spices, medicinals, flowers, & so much beauty; but, of course, all that we do can be improved upon and added to and that is where help can streamline & scale our systems.
  • We intentionally grow enough to share with schools, friends, and neighbors and currently target our surplus to care for 30 humans.
  • A personal garden space can be offered (Absolutely no pot growing).
  • Beautiful grounds with access to waterfall pool, sauna, a year-around creek with swimming holes
  • All with extensive infrastructure & working systems already in place.
  • You should know, we are in our infancy as far as our goals and very much on nature’s timeline.
  • Private yet convenient location, 5 minutes to Capitola Beach and 5 minutes to The Forest of Nisene Marks and 10 minutes to downtown Santa Cruz
  • Easily bike to almost everything one could need or want…markets, coffee shops, restaurants, beaches, hikes, etc.

SKILLS/EXPERIENCE NEEDED:

  • Experience or training in ANY combination of the following: permaculture, market garden/no-till farming, gardening, biodynamics, homestead/self-sufficiency skills, rotational grazing, livestock care, irrigation, real food chef/cooking, natural building, and/or Waldorf educator.
  • BUT, all can be happily taught for a good aptitude and great attitude.
  • Shorter term (1 week – 3 months) accommodation is also available for ecology students, botanists, naturalists, herbalists, artisans, musicians, educators, crafters, household help, and enthusiastic students of similar interests.
  • We couldn’t possibly capture it all, so if this situation is appealing to you, please don’t hesitate to share your craft and perhaps we can find a mutual benefit. 

LIFESTYLE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Omnivore
  • Clean living, no smoking/drugs
  • Quiet, with minimal visitors
  • Clean background check and references
  • Physically fit to accomplish the needs of the land & season

To be considered, connect with us at hedgerowsoquel@gmail.com explaining your area of interest, qualification, and any timeline you may have. The more you can share the better we can determine a lifestyle and timeline fit. Social media, video, references, your reasons for choosing this lifestyle — all are welcome but you can also keep it simple!

If you haven’t seen THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, go see it at a theatre near you because THAT’S HOW WE DO! 

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