Jul 14, 2010
Description of Mountain Village Community
WHO ARE WE?
We are O'Quinn Mountain Village Homestead & World Community Gardens. Our core group consists of, Ann O'Quinn (age 42 - Earth Mamma), Cornelius O'Quinn (age 52 - Celtic Druid Building Contractor Mountain Man), Blu O'Quinn (age 18 - Sparkly Swing Dancin River Guide Chic), Derek Suhar (age 20 - Groovy Grounded Community Dude). See our pics and blogs on website. We are a semi-nomadic sustainable community with permaculture tendancies who like to cross-pollinate.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We offer ourselves to land-owners for a contracted period of time to do good work with Mother Earth and within the surrounding community. Our community ranges from 4-10 volunteers interns We have a core group of 4 members, and we cycle other traveling interns in and out of the mix for special projects throughout the year. Sometimes we have chickens, cats, and dogs. We garden, clear/burn brush, care for animals, compost, barter, build, make music, reach out to youth, and participate in community events and farmer's markets (we are known for our raw, organic nut/seed butters, carrot juice, and kombucha teas). While permaculture is mostly known for its application in gardens or land development, its broader definition is the study of living systems. While Mountain Village is quite involved with organic gardening, we are known and appreciated for the space that we create for the organic unfoldment within group dynamics, personal relationships, and the greater community.
WHERE ARE WE?
We have educated and lead by example through our lifestyle of sustainable practices in several small communities in and around the "Georgetown Divide", which is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills (mountain ridge that divides the central and southern forks of the American River where gold was discovered - not far from Sacramento & Lake Tahoe).
WHERE ARE WE RIGHT NOW?
We are right where we are supposed to be ;-)
HOW DO YOU FIND US?
Send an email or give us a call.
WHAT DO WE OFFER TO TRAVELING interns?
Our hearts and home are open to those who are interested in organic farming and sustainable community. We will provide food, a place to set up camp, shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, and lots of opportunities to participate in family/community fun. Beds are for longer term interns who serve in a coordinator/management role. Tent campers are more readily accepted. We accommodate both vegetarians and carnivores. Children and pets are always welcome, but need to be negotiated, (depends on our current community make-up and living situation). We vow to accept a certain number of "first-time" interns per year, but you must convince us of your drive and experience (not just willingness) in project management and initiative. We love couch-surfers, but we ask that you identify yourself and to understand that everyone is expected to contribute sweat equity, money towards food & laundry, and deep sharing with others. We are getting a large response to our interns Farm Directory listing. We promise to respond to everyone who has the word "community intern" in their email to us. We thank you in advance for your patience with our screening and scheduling process.
WHAT DO WE EXPECT FROM OUR interns?
Provide the following information in your initial inquiry: Name, email, phone, age, your origin, vehicle?, tent camping ok?, dates, special skills/talents (not limited to gardening), special needs, and why you like our community description. Minimum commitment of 2 weeks, with option to stay longer. Spontaneous overnight visitors can be accommodated at times. Volunteers are needed year round but mostly spring, summer, fall. 2-4 hours per day chores, help prepare 2 meals per week, 1 activity in the community per week, 1 activity per week participating in family activity. We expect you to bring your own tent, sleeping bag, pillow, towel, work shoes, donations towards food & laundry, and respectfully follow community guidelines. We expect our volunteers to understand whatever our current arrangement is with the land owner, and how we are to relate with the land owner's neighbors. We expect progress and productivity not only with your hands, but with your heart, mind, and soul. We expect initiative, flexibility, creativity, compassion, tolerance, and fun.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Our community does not provide land or housing and is therefore not subject to fair housing laws.