July, 2016, I participated in a four week work exchange at Black Dog Farmstead–located in the beautiful mountains of Southern Oregon. At Black Dog they believe in “sustainbly grown food, lovingly raised animals and a responsibility to the land.” And the focus is on “building community, sharing knowledge and farming for the future.”
All crops are naturally grown, without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or chemical fertilizer, and owner Tuker Payne tries to “maintain as much of a ‘closed loop’ method of farming as possible.”
During my stay at Black Dog, I helped out with a number of projects including: weeding the fields, sowing seeds, harvesting crops, caring for the chickens, making lots of sauerkraut and strawberry jam, and lending a hand at the local Farmer’s market. I also met some really great people and was lucky enough to take a cobb building workshop with Conrad Rogue on one of my days off. –Check out photos from my stay below and learn more about Black Dog via their website.