HEADS UP PEOPLE: WE ARE FULL FOR THE 2011 SEASON!
Seven Seeds Farm is a Biodynamic family farm in our 15th season growing seed for about a dozen national seed companies, growing for a local market, running a new local seed packet business (www.siskiyouseeds.com) and a cooperative CSA(www.siskiyoucoop.com). Sheep, ducks, chickens and turkeys thrive in an integrated permaculture inspired polyculture. We have built 7 ponds and a keyline swale terrace water catchment system and are working on small scale aquaculture.
We have been active in the organic seed movement, hosting workshops and presentations with the Organic Seed Alliance and performing on-farm plant breeding and selecting varieties to perform in a low-input multi-species permaculture farm system. This season we will be expanding our retail seed business, selling seed that we grow and seed from select NW organic growers through Siskiyou Seeds, with a catalog and a web-site. Hence, working with growing, trialing, breeding and cleaning seed is a large focus for us. Also we are becoming the central hub for the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative, a national organic, open-pollinated seed growing, breeding and distribution cooperative. (www.organicseedcoop.com)
We live in an incredibly diverse and beautiful landscape adjascent to large wilderness areas and old growth forests literally in our back yard. Williams is also a thriving ecotopian-leaning community (a wonderful edge to inhabit!!)
We are a family of four including Kimberly (43), Don (38), Wali (8) and Jasper (4), so interest in being around children helps as they are a big part of our daily farm rhythm and provide endless joy and enthusiasm.
Other passions here are voluntary simplicity, grafting, food forest, traditional ecological knowledge, wool craft, baskets, building with peeled logs, making music and instruments, wildcrafting herbs and mushrooms, African dance, home ferment (hard cider!), solar and micro-hydro power, community action, not driving much and generally really enjoying rural agrarian life in the enchanting Siskiyou mountains.
We host between 2 and 4 people each season. Our arrangement is as follows, 4 days of week of work in exchange for room and board, a monthly stipend, farm produce, meat and eggs and numerous educational opportunities with on farm classes, workshops and tours. Don Tipping also teaches extensively with the Herb Pharm, Oregon State University extension, and the Rogue Farm Corps program. This is our 13th season hosting people on our farm. We can provide you with a much more detailed application as per your request.
So glad that you are interesting in working with the Earth and being a steward for sustainable settlement!