Quail Springs Farm Help
Quail Springs is a leading environmental educational nonprofit that empowers students of all ages and backgrounds with knowledge, skills, and inspiration essential to cultivating ecological and social health. Quail Springs Mission Statement
Quail Springs Permaculture
Founded in 2004, Quail Springs Permaculture is dedicated to demonstrating and teaching holistic ways of designing human environments, and to facilitating deeper understandings of ourselves and one another through immersive experiences in nature.
The residents and staff are a dedicated group of teachers, farmers, natural builders, inspired chefs, and land stewards who strive to further our non-profit’s mission through working, living, and teaching within the ethics of Permaculture.
Quail Springs is looking for individuals who embrace simple, remote rural living in a community while working in a nonprofit organization. Successful applicants are good leaders, inclusive, creative, flexible, comfortable in groups, and able to manage themselves through a wide range of challenges. High energy, a good sense of humor, strong communication skills, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn are helpful attributes.
This opportunity offers extensive practical opportunities to learn about the day-to-day operations of a full-time functioning Permaculture farm and education center, and is geared specifically for those deeply interested in and drawn to work long-term in community with mixed food forest and garden systems and holistic, integrated food producing animal systems.
Our goal on the farm is to provide the daily food throughout the year for staff, students and visitors to Quail Springs Farm, as well as for our food-giving animals. The farm currently has a 21 goat herd with 7 milking does, a mixed poultry flock of 100+ chickens and ducks, rabbits for meat and hides, a thriving bee colony kept with the top bar hive method, 2 farm cats, 1 predator control dog (Maremma), and a small school of goldfish in the current Aquaponics system trial.
Farm help focus:
The primary focus is hands-on learning of our animal and garden systems. Daily farm activities can include gardening, earthworks, seed saving, plant propagation, livestock care, milking, cheese making, yogurt, butchering (not required), bread making, food preparation using fresh local ingredients, preserving the harvest, non-profit administration and community care. Other learning opportunities may include a range of areas from natural building and watershed stewardship to carving, working with natural fibers, beekeeping, cooking in the earthen ovens, and much more. The hourly work expectation is roughly 30 hours per week.
What is needed on the farm:
Milking, cleaning, mucking, animal care, gardening, early mornings and managing of your independent time. You will have one-on-one learning times, shadowing current staff. Mindfulness, a enjoyment of physical work, a sense of humor, ability for self-care, and listening and speaking from the heart are helpful. A desire to live & work mostly in the outdoors and a willingness to plug into the community tending, which includes cooking, cleaning, kitchen laundry, etc. is most helpful.
What we provide to our farm help:
We provide camping space (with your own gear), nourishing food, hundreds of acres of beautiful wilderness, reference library, a lively community atmosphere of various ages, and what many have deemed a treasured life-changing experience.
We provide limited phone/internet use for brief communications, and for research in cooperation with the farm team. Cell phones generally do not receive any signal on site. If you are involved in online studies or business that requires the use of internet bandwidth during your stay, please discuss this with us in advance to make sure it can be accommodated.
We ask all visitors to adhere to our no illegal drugs policy, and to smoke tobacco products in the designated smoking areas as we are a high risk for wildfires. We ask that there be no public drinking of alcohol during our children’s courses, and minimal/discreet alcohol consumption during all other courses in order to support those who may be challenged by the presence of alcohol.
Quail Springs Permaculture is based near Ventucopa, California.
We’re currently taking farm help applications for June – Nov.
Qualities & qualifications of the ideal farm helper:
- Strong work ethic
- Physical strength and stamina
- Enjoy tending animals and gardens
- No allergies to animals
- Completion of a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is helpful
- Ability to work well independently & in a team
- Cultural sensitivity & ability to adapt working style
- Good interpersonal skills, a positive attitude, and a good sense of humor
- Willingness to engage in more mundane community chores (laundry, cleaning, etc.
Food & facilities costs are valued at $350/month per person. If you have the means we welcome your financial contribution to our non-profit.
Thank you for your interest in the Farm Help position at Quail Springs Permaculture. We look forward to learning more about you. Please complete the application below and our team will contact you as soon as possible.