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Aberdeen Farmers Market
100 Hensel Rd
Hoquiam, WA 98550
Rivendell Ranch is an organic, free-range, sustainable, permaculture
cooperative on 160 acres near the Pacific Coast of the Olympic Peninsula.
Two (2) Job Openings: tend greenhouse (100' by 30') and garden (one half acre) to grow organic salad greens, herbs, vegetables, fruits, and flowers for our CSA customers and the Grays Harbor County Farmers Market in Aberdeen. Additional responsibilities include tending chickens, milking goats, tending goats, field work, fence work, putting up firewood for winter, and landscaping.
Children and families are welcome.
Pay: room & board, plus profit-sharing. No profit is expected for distribution until October 2005, at the earliest.
Rivendell Ranch is 160 acres of fields, gardens, orchard, meadows, four creeks, and forest. We raise goats for milk and meat, cattle and chickens for meat, and draft horses for field work. There are no kitchen or living facilities for any lifestyle other than omnivorous. Smoking is discouraged in general, banned in the fields, forest, and barns. Discrimination is not tolerated. Management is by Democratic Consensus.
The Rivendell Cooperative has not yet, but is in the process of being formed to enable worker-owned cooperative enterprises. The PNW Cooperative Development Center is assisting with implementation.
Rooms are in a one-bedroom trailer house. It has a leak in the roof and a rotten porch, both of which will be repaired before the heavy rains and cold weather of next winter. There is a wood stove, but no pipe to the outside -- and plenty of firewood. In the meantime, it has electricity, bathroom, kitchen, and some furniture and kitchen stuff. Electric heat must not be turned on, due to the high cost from PUD. I put on a sweater if it feels a little cool.
Board is what we grow in the greenhouse and garden, and raise in the chicken coop and fields. Basic expenses must be met first. Those are mortgage, PUD, phone, internet, taxes, gas to drive the vegetables into town, and staples (flour, sugar, salt, coffee) we cannot grow here at the ranch. The mortgage is low due to a large down payment.
There is no television or radio reception here at the ranch, but I do have a television with VCR, a CD player, and DSL. I have been known to tell an occasional story worth listening to. There is lots of fallen wood on the forest floor to build a summer bonfire to tell them around.
Successful candidates will have previous experience growing organic vegetables, be sympathetic to treating the Earth gently by using sustainable practices, be comfortable living twenty miles from town with no entertainment other than conversation or a good book, and, most importantly, enjoy hard work, sweat, and washing off the dirt of the fields before dinner.
Email is the best way to reach me for questions/ comments, as I am often out in the barn or fields with the goats, or in the greenhouse and garden.
(360) 987-0088, firstname.lastname@example.org
100 Hensel Rd, Hoquiam, WA 98550
Grays Harbor County Farmers Market
Deep in the forest, at the end of the road, lie 160 acres of pasture, meadow, trees, and creeks. Will you wander the woods listening to the wind? ...the birds? ...the grass growing? -- or perhaps, wander the meadow listening to the shadows and the mist. Will you set up a tent? -- or build something for the season, or two. Join me for coffee, visit for a weekend, stay until you're ready to hear the noise of your city again.
©2003-2005 Rivendell Ranch. All rights reserved.
"Most people are on the world, not in it. - Have no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them - undiffused, separate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate." John Muir
updated: 11 June 2005