Just wanna bump this a little... because I'm the one that's leaving! And this is pretty much the most badass permaculture immersion experience you can get.
Let me just gush for a moment.
I came here expecting a summer opportunity to stay 4 months. I've been here almost 2 years. I work a part-time job at the local environmental non-profit, the Mid-Klamath Watershed Council, located conveniently under 3km away. There are also lots of house-sitting opportunities in the area.
I live in a small, one room cabin (the original tiny home), heated by a wood stove. The hot water heater is propane (though the lower cabin is wood-heated in winter and solar heated in summer). It's cozy, I have my own space in the community complete with my own garden bed, the front porch is entwined in kiwi vines with a privacy barrier of elderberries in the winter. The 8 hours of work a week are very reasonable. Corrina is a great manager and makes workdays pleasant and effective. We all feel accomplished and connected after time in the garden or potting shed together. And Marc is the kind of guy who saw Masanobu Fukuoka speak in person.
The balance between the animal systems, the nursery, and the (many, many, many) mature fruit trees are pretty much perfect. Imagine months and months of fruit - apples, pears, plums, cherries, peaches, pineapple guava, grapes, figs, poms... the grazing is real. I take friends and visitors for a tour and in the right season we come back stuffed and high on fruit sugar. The nearby Salmon River is a well kept secret of beautiful swimming holes that make the hot summer a sacred river season. The community vibe is great, things are very informal and the closest we come to farm meetings are Uno game nights. There's just this feeling of comradery and willingness to honor all the life that grows, in a very grounded and practical way. Even the composting toilets are gorgeous stone masonry foundations that only need to be maintained once a year. I just dug mine out last week and it took me about an hour and a half by myself, it was totally awesome, and I made the elderberries very happy. THIS PLACE IS SWEET. It blows my mind that they don't have a waiting list a mile long.
The family is sweet, the place is legendary. I really hope they find someone as amazing as they are. The reason I'm leaving (reluctantly) is to follow my dream of hiking another long trail... this time the Bibbulmun Track in SW Australia. So you people! You do right by Marc and Corrina!! These people have done more to propagate varieties of edible perennials than any other person or project I have ever come across. They have the freakin' seed of Eden. And they do it in middle of the most epic country... don't even get me started on the bear, elk, cougar, salmon, eagles and ospreys, the ring-tailed cats, the exotic birds that come in the spring for the fruit, the king snakes and otters.... the list goes on. And you see most of it from the front porch, though there's also a ton of cool hiking in the area when you're ready to get off the farm.
Anyway, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me or them. Thank you!!!
P.S. This is Karuk territory, so be prepared to be hella respectful of indigenous culture