Hello and welcome to Fiddle Farms. We’re glad you’ve chosen us and we look forward to working with you! A successful Wwoofing experience for both of us depends a lot on cooperation and clear expectations. Please read this agreement as it should answer many of your questions about the experiences ahead of you. If you still have questions, please let us know as we want to make sure expectations are clearly understood by all.
About Fiddle Farms
Fiddle Farms is our market farm and homestead located on the Hood River in Hood River, Oregon. The property has approximately 15 acres that encompasses a variety of microclimates and terrain. 10 acres are steep, forested land with about 3 acres used for present and future gardening and livestock. There are fruit trees and berry patches, herb and rock gardens, a natural alder grove, a large garlic bed, vegetable beds, hoop houses, and a propagation greenhouse. Currently we care for honey bees, a variety of chickens, ducks and geese, dogs, cats and Nigerian Dwarf goats.
There is open wifi on the property if you are close to the barn, as well as a full bathroom with hot shower, a kitchen and game room you may use. Cell service is spotty, but we know you can get Verizon, AT&T and US Cellular service in certain areas on the property.
Town of Hood River
We are located about 15 minutes from the town of Hood River. Hood River is at the crossroads of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge and the magnificent Cascade Range. Hood River County is a scenic wonderland of natural beauty in every season. Here you’ll discover a world of year-round outdoor recreation, dramatic vistas, historic landmarks, a great local food scene, wineries, breweries—and best of all, warm, friendly people.
Hood River welcomes sports enthusiasts in all seasons. In addition to being a windsurfing mecca, Hood River offers kiteboarding and stand-up paddleboarding, mountain and road biking, hiking, whitewater kayaking and rafting, fishing, and world-class skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. With two ports and two boat basins, the area also serves both commercial as well as recreational boating.
The fertile Hood River Valley has been famous for its orchards for more than a century. From blossom time to the turning of the leaves, the more 14,000 acres of commercial pear, apple, cherry, and peach orchards provide miles of scenic beauty. Fruit grown here is of such exceptional quality that the county leads the world in Anjou pear production, and 50% of the nation’s winter pear crop comes from Hood River. The local “Fruit Loop” is a favorite with visitors and locals alike. We encourage you to explore the area and please ask about some of our favorite places to visit.
Length of Stay
Your length of stay is scheduled for the dates your put into your application. However, your stay depends on meeting the requirements and obligations set out below. If you are not able to meet these obligations or follow the rules of the house, you will be asked to leave earlier than the stated end date.
You, of course, may always leave early if you wish, but we ask that you give us at least a week of advance notice. Prior to your departure, we ask that you complete a checkout procedure that insures you have all your personal belongings and we have a clean and tidy place to offer the next group of Wwoofers. We believe good reviews are valuable to serious Wwoofers and we look forward to provide you with one. However, we also believe that reviews must be honest to be valued and we will include the good with the not so good aspects of your stay.
If you wish to stay longer than the agreed upon end date, please make your interest known to us. If things are going well with your experience, scheduling allows, there is room, and we have additional work that needs to be done, then we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Description of Work
WWOOFers exchange about 25 to 30 hours of work per week in exchange for staple food and a place to live with sleeping, cooking, bathroom and shower facilities. The work schedule will be figured out with you upon arrival. Your projects will depend on the time of year. There will be daily (7 days a week) and weekly tasks related to our livestock (feeding, watering, cleaning, etc.) as well as gardening (watering, weeding, seeding, etc). We will go over your specific daily tasks and projects at your orientation meeting.
There are animal and watering duties 7 days a week, and garden related projects 5 days a week. If you plan to go away for a weekend please tell us in advance so we can plan accordingly.
- Participate in workshops and events that we host at the farm or for the community.
- Clean out animal cages, scoop manure, handle insects, sort worms from worm castings, and get dirty on a daily basis.
- Be able to work stooped over for long periods of time at repetitive tasks such as weeding, transplanting or seeding.
- Maintain a positive attitude! We are positive thinkers who welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge of growing food and taking care of animals. (aka. No Whining)
- Take all safety precautions at all times on the property. If you are not comfortable doing something, please let us know
- No Drinking or Doing Drugs while on the job. No hard drugs or excessive drinking at any time. Our farm is tobacco free. Cannabis is allowed if you are over 21.
- Game Room: Please do not sit on any of the game tables – Ping-pong, Pool, Foosball, card- or put foreign objects on them. Do not abuse the game tables. No jump shots on the Pool table!! If you cause any damage to these items, you will be asked to pay to fix them.
- Observe quiet times from 10PM to 8AM
- Keep the wwoofers housing quarters, kitchen and common areas clean at all times.
- We expect courteous behavior (to guests, employees, contractors, owners) at all times.
- Take initiative! If you see a problem (sick plant/animal, pest infestation, mice in the greenhouse, etc…) fix it, or tell someone about it right away!
- Sorry, no pets. We’ve learned that unfamiliar pets are too disruptive to our farm routine.
- Work Hard, Play Hard. Go explore The Gorge when you are off work. It’s a pretty amazing place.
WWOOFers are responsible for maintaining their own living environment and sharing the care of community space.
- The area should be kept tidy at all times. This includes the bedrooms, living area, bathroom, kitchen and game room. Every Friday after the chores, you will be responsible for cleaning the wwoofer area.
- Please be conservative with your electric usage. When staying in the cold months, please use the pellet stove more than the electric heaters. If you are leaving for the day, make sure the lights are off, make sure the electric heaters (bedrooms and bathroom and kitchen) are off and any other electrical devices are turned off.
- The laundry room is located downstairs and personal laundry should be done between 9AM – 7PM Monday-Saturday. No laundry should be done after 7PM as the laundry room is next to our bedroom. No Laundry on Sunday as that is our day to do laundry.
- You are responsible for your own transportation.
- There are 2 bedrooms available for wwoofers to use. While we’ll let you figure out the best sleeping arrangements between yourselfs, there are a few guidelines that will help allow everyone to enjoy their space. If there is a couple wwoofing, they should be allowed to use the room with the queen bed. If no couples, then the gentleman, should have one room and ladies should have the other. If there is only one gender and no couples, it’s first come, first serve.
Wwoofer parking is at the top of the barn near your entrance. Please pull your car over as much as possible to allow delivery trucks and neighbors to easily get by. While there is room for 4 cars, it can sometimes get packed. If you need more room, you can park your car temporarily in front of the garage.
Be careful and drive slow! We share it with 3 other neighbors. Parts of it are windy, hilly and narrow with ruts. We’ve had too many close calls not to mention this.
Recommended Personal Items to Bring
- Clothing: comfortable clothing that can get dirty and items that keep you protected from the elements. Spring and Fall can be cold and wet, so a good rain jacket and hat is important. Summer can be very hot and it’s best to wear long-sleeve shirts to protect yourself from the sun.
- Sturdy, close-toed work boots. Rubber boots are also a plus especially in the spring and fall when it can be very muddy and you have to work with animal manure.
- Sunhat / Sunglasses
- Water bottle
- Headlamp / flashlight. It’s dark here at night.
- Tent / Sleeping Bag if you want to sleep outside under the stars
- Work Gloves
- Any personal toiletries and medication
- Yoga mat
- Musical instruments if you play one
Things We Supply
- Beds with Sheets and Pillows when staying in a bedroom.
- A full kitchen with Plates/Utensils, Pots and Pans
- Garden Tools
- First-Aid Kit
- Staple Food (see next)
- Food: A variety of fruits, vegetables and eggs from the farm is seasonally available. We will provide staple foods and some veggies during the Spring. Wwoofers pay for all of their own supplemental food and personal items. Wwoofers make their own food in the upstairs kitchen or outside.
Below is the list of items that will be supplied by Fiddle Farms. If you are running low on any of these items, it is up to you to tell us. We will pickup food items once a week.
- Sliced Bread
- Burger Buns
- Hotdog Buns
- Cheddar Cheese
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese
- Brown Rice
- Jasmine Rice
- Pinto Beans
- Black Beans
- Kidney Beans
- Garbonzo Beans
- Diced tomatoes
- Tomato sauce
- Tomato paste
- Veggie Broth
- Peanut Butter
- Jelly / Jams
- Garden Burgers
- Coffee Beans
- Cow Milk
- Soy Milk
- Coconut Milk
- Almond Milk
- Vegetable Oil
- Olive Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- White Wine Vinegar
- Salt/ Pepper
- Hot Sauce
- White Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
- Toilet Paper
- First Aid
- Dish Soap
- Paper Towels
- zip lock bags
- plastic wrap
- tin foil
- Produce & Fruit: Wwoofers can take produce from the Garden that is unsuitable for the sale, produce that is in abundance or any produce after delivery. There is typically plenty of food to harvest. We’ll go over that in orientation.
Wwoofer Family Dinners
Wwoofer dinners are a chance relax and have some fun and get to know everyone. We typically have family dinners on Friday, but can be changed or cancelled for various reasons. We will supply all the food and drinks, but if you’d like to bring something to the dinner, please feel free. We typically invite neighbors and other friends so let us know if you’d also like to invite someone.
Upon arrival, you can choose to take on an elective project that interest you. Below is a list of projects you can choose from, or you can approach us with some ideas of your own. If you don’t want to do an elective projects, then you can also help with someone else’s project. During busy times of the year, we may have to skip the special project because of time constraints. Here are some ideas…..
- Solar Shower
- Solar Dehydrator
- Guild design/ planting in the food forest
- Mushroom cultivation
- Building Beneficial habitat – Bird houses, Bat houses, insect hotel
If you have a guest that wants to stay over, please ask. They will be your responsibility and need to follow the house rules. If a guest wants to stay longer than overnight there will be daily work requirement of 4 hours, a time limit of 5 days and they will need to complete our liability waiver.
Working outside of the farm
If you decide to get a job outside of your Wwoofing time at the farm, you will still be responsible for your daily tasks and weekly projects. Falling below your 25 hours a week of your work requirements for more than one week is unacceptable. You will need to make other arrangements so that we can accommodate other woofers interested in working at the farm.
Jeff Jerome: cell/text: 541-645-0029; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ketrina Jerome: cell/text: 503-422-8033; email@example.com
Fiddle Farm’s Address: 2661 Reed Rd, Hood River, OR 97031
Please remember that this is a working farm and the environment can be hazardous. Encounters with wild animals such as bobcat, mountain lion, black bear, snakes, opossums, wood rats and other wild animals that can cause serious injury are rare, but these animals do live around here. We have honey bees and wasps on the farm which carry their own risks.