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Nursery & Homestead Assistant at Northern California Mature Permaculture Food Forest - 9110

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Nursery & Homestead Assistant
Northern California Mature Permaculture Food Forest
PO Box 332
Orleans, CA 95556
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Job Description: 

Come assist us in the care of our 22 year old permaculture food forest homestead. Our intensively managed 5.6 acre property Includes a wide diversity of temperate and subtropical fruit trees, bushes, vines, many medicinal and culinary herbs, flowers native forest and reclamation areas. We also care for and integrate goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, and honey bees in managing our land. We own and operate where we sell propagation wood from our diverse collection of over 1,000 varieties of fruiting plants that we have planted on our homestead. We also contract out to grow native plants locally and we supply our former online nursery with most of their propagation wood. We have intensively planted about 3+ acres to pomegranates, apples, pears, persimmons, paw paws, peaches, plums, citrus, cherries, figs, olives, jujubes, pineapple guavas, avocados, almonds, filbert, walnuts, pistachios, pecan , nut pines, table and wine grapes, kiwis, berries, as well as perennial vegetables such as asparagus, rhubarb, horseradish, artichokes, plus 1/2 acre of productive homestead annual garden. Work includes many projects with a focus on managing the perennial and annual plantings, as well as nursery production. Care taking is needed when we occasionally travel. We are asking for 8 hours work per week, on average 2 days per month care taking and some help on animal chores in exchange for lodging, farm produce, animal products and a huge opportunity to learn about all we do!. There is also a potential for 1-2 days per week of paid hourly nursery work. Wage depends on experience.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

For the 8 hours of work exchange during the growing season you will mostly be responsible for helping with our large annual home gardens and our perennial plantings (which you will be eating from too!). This is likely to include: seeding, fertilizing, cultivating mulching and harvesting. As mentioned before you will be expected to care take on average 2 days a month, for this thriving with life, dynamic homestead when we do occasional travel. Responsibilities would include: Watering gardens, greenhouses and nursery areas, as well as caring for animals. The hourly paid work would be more focused on our nursery business, helping to propagate our large diversity of plants. We ask that you do animal chores 1-2 days a week (depending on who else is here). This would include caring for poultry and goats. For a serious student there is the possibility to learn about pruning and grafting from someone with 40+ experience on these subjects. There are also opportunities to learn about a diversity of homestead activities like bee keeping and food preservation.

Education & Experience: 

We prefer people with rural and gardening experience, as well as a love for animals and some experience caring for them. A good fit would be someone who is very responsible/reliable, who loves to garden, enjoys spending time working with animals and appreciates animal products as well as a beautiful place to live near the wilderness.

Application Instructions: 

Please email for application and return it with resume and 3 work references. We will send further info about ourselves, this area and our position as well.

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