We live on 42 acres on the Klamath River of Northern California where we have been developing a Permaculture homestead, hosting workshops and renting cabins since 1992. Our area is unique in that we are surrounded by National Forest and three major wilderness areas, yet there is a strong and growing alternative community consisting of Native Americans, organic farmers, U.S. Forest Service personnel, artisans and people who work in the forest. Orleans has fertile soils and a long growing season, the surrounding area offers opportunities for hiking, biking, backpacking, kayaking, whitewater rafting. We have six riverside cabins, which we use for workshops, vacation rentals. We each serve on the board of the Mid Klamath Watershed Council and often volunteer in watershed education, fire safe activities and forest restoration work. Our resident community is six adults and one six-year-old and we host 2 to 4 interns a year. We are committed to hard work, communication, creativity, and living in community. We eat vegetarian foods most, but not all of the time.
We have five riverside cabins, which serve as vacation rentals from Spring though Fall and also provide lodging for our workshops. Through the cabin business we strive to educate people on Permaculture and watershed restoration and sustainable living. We host workshops based on Permaculture, natural building, acoustic music, wild mushroom gathering and identification, grafting and pruning of fruit trees, wildflower illustration, ecology and ethnobotany of the area. We have a diverse one and a half acre flower and vegetable garden and orchard, where we grow much of our own food including fruit, veggies, eggs, milk, cheese and some meat. We have a dried flower wreath business and a small home crafts business with beeswax candles, salves, chipotle and more.
We are open to folks from a variety of backgrounds and a diversity of interests. We are looking for self-motivated individuals with a good sense of humor and good communication skills. Interns work 32hrs/wk for Sandy Bar in exchange for room and board and a small stipend. Nearby farms offer the chance for paid work on the side for those interested. Interns help with all aspects of our homestead and cabin business. Examples of tasks you can expect include: cleaning cabins, working in the garden (i.e. propagation, bed preparation, weeding, mulching, making compost, etc.), animal husbandry, natural building, cooking, brush clearing, noxious weed pulling, food preserving, cheese making, and any other seasonal homestead chores. We work closely with our local watershed council and encourage interns to participate in occasional community volunteer days involving restoration work in the forest and river, though this is fully optional.