Farm Housing

 The Farm Housing Program is Available Only for those who participate in a Farm Educational Program, Farm Interns, Farm Helpers, Farm Workers, Work Exchange and Wwoofers.

Please note that we are just building the farm so it is in the rough stages, individuals will have the opportunity to join us during the design and various creation of the beautiful garden stages.

Sorry, no pets.

A few lucky farm helpers will be able to live on our new farm!

Please Note that ALL Living Structures must comply with proper Orange County Regulations and Building Codes and/or be RV Certified.

Wildwoods Farm is providing a unique opportunity for a few individuals to live, learn, and work on our beautiful natural farm! The farm is designed as a space to grow healthy produce in  a permaculture, farm, and garden setting. We welcome everyone from Farm enthusiasts to Homesteaders to experience living and creating this beautiful natural space for the entire community to enjoy.

To qualify as a resident you must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Employed as a farm worker
  2. A beginning farmer
  3. An Agricultural student/intern
  4. A farm apprentice training under an experienced farmer
  5. Actively raising a crop for profit or education of the public
  6. Actively providing Agricultural educational or training to the pubic.
  7. Other direct associations to actual farming or agriculture that are necessary to raising a crop
  8. Anyone interested in learning farming may also apply to our farm programs as an apprentice or intern.

Living Options for those in one of our Farm Programs:

  • Rent a Farm Space to Park Your Own RV or Tiny House
  • Rent One of Our Temporary Farm Housing Spaces

Wildwoods is reserving a few spaces to create a small farm learning program for our community at the farm. The individuals enrolled in our farm programs will be able to use the land to live in their tiny home; or if you don’t have a tiny home yet you can build a tiny house on your space. In the farm programs,  you will be able to learn and participant in working in the main farm gardens, and grow your own micro-crops for food or profit.

Supporting the Tiny House Movement and Affordable Farm Housing: Our farm is trying a new program by allowing tiny houses and tiny cabins as farm worker housing. All structures on the farm are required to be built to county code and obtain all proper permits.

Tiny Houses may be able to provide affordable housing to low income families across the country. The tiny homes are affordable, sustainable and reduce our environmental footprint!

Our farm will feature mico tiny homes on display but since we are a long-term project the farm housing and small cabins that may be built on the farm as permanent farm worker housing will be 400-750 square feet.  This ensures the comfort and safety of residents.

Micro Tiny Homes: 90-300 square feet. You often see these models as Tiny House on Wheels- THOW which are featured on the TV shows.

Tiny Cabins: 400-800 square feet.

It is our belief that Tiny Houses and Cabins should ALWAYS be built to local building codes and/or be built with an RV certification. Some individuals have built a tiny home for an average of $15,000-$30,000- others have used salvaged materials and built their entire tiny homes for under $8000! This means you could have your home free and clear for the price of the average a car!

Many Tiny Homes range from 200 square feet which can be built on a trailer to make it portable or can include small 500-800 square foot Tiny Cottages.

The tiny house movement is allowing individuals to live and enjoy life almost debt free!

The Tiny Home Project  at Wildwoods Farm was created to support sustainable environmental building while also serving as an educational model for affordable housing options for the environmentally conscious, retired, low-income, and/or farm worker housing. More and more everyday people are turning Small Home Options.

Our Farm Housing Project is only open to people working on our farm,  farm workers or farm students.

About the Farm

This is a brand new farm so everyone gets to be part of creating the farm from the ground up.Wildwoods uses healthy, natural and sustainable farm practices. The farm has a greenhouse, ponds and provides educational instruction on various sustainable growing techniques.

2+ acres will be the farm with ponds, chickens, row crops, greenhouses, gardens,  etc and a portion of the farm be for housing our farm working community members.

Community Projects and Amenities:

This is an educational farming community so anyone living on the land is required to work the farm and also work toward growing their own mini-crop of food, flowers, mushrooms, or fish. Everyone contributes to the community farm and farm projects plus if there are any  additional requirements for specific farm apprentice or work exchange programs.

Community Projects will be things that benefit everyone and include things like helping with the raised gardens and building a community bathhouse.  Farm Projects including growing seasonal produce and farm training and educational programs for the local community.

 

There are only a few resident spaces for people to live on the farm, the income helps keep the educational farm financially self -sufficient to pay for farm supplies, taxes, land, equipment, and all the other expenses in maintaining a farm.

Since the farm is a space that provides opportunities for local families and schools  to enjoy educational and enrichment events about farming, residents can expect there are volunteer and educational days which teach the public about farm living and how to grow their own food.

The farm strives to keep the land pollutant free and out of the food we grow by using safe products. There is no city wastewater system on the farm that takes chemicals away so everything used in the garden or resident cabins can often end up in the soil. To try to keep the space as chemical and pesticide free as possible a list of organic beauty and cleaning products will be available. We are also happy to consider your favorite organic products if they meets safety requirements for use on the farm.

We are also a non-smoking property. To prevent fires and for health and safety reasons there is no smoking in the buildings or anywhere on the property.

APPLICATION FOR FARM PROGRAM:

Feel free to fill out an application to become part of our farm program. This opportunity is only available to individuals who are pursuing a carrer or have a career in agriculutre or are part of our farm training programs to learn to grow a small crops and care for farm animals.

Please be sure to carefully read  the following requirements and conditions before submitting an application:

  • A background check is required and all applicants must have a clean record.
  • There is a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Due to health and safety issues and to prevent fires in the woods, the entire farm is a non-smoking (and non- vaping) location so there is no smoking anywhere on or near the property.
  • Accepted Applicants will be required to pay a first, last and a $600-$1000 deposit depending on credit.
  • All accepted applicants must contribute a minimum of 16 hours each month to the community farm and additionally grow a small crop for their own use or for their own profit.
  • Wildwoods maintains a policy to keep the soil as free as possible from chemicals and pesticides, so any residents may only use household cleaners and supplies which are organic and approved by the farm. We are happy to consider and approve favorite products.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

No more than 2 people can be located in one housing lot space.  The second person may require to pay an additional fee. To help prevent overcrowding, overload of sewage, and conserve resource use the number of people living on the farm is limited so only a select few couples spaces will be allowed each season. Everyone living on the farm must also be part of contributing to the minimum community farm hours.

This is intended as a model of an intentional farm worker community.

  • Water Fee:

    $45 Monthly for Water and Septic per person. The water fee helps to cover the cost of well-drilling and the septic fee covers the cost of the pump and haul vault for toilet waste along with fund for permanent septic system in the future.

  • Electric :

    Electric hookup is a one time non-refundable charge of $35.

    Monthly Electric costs are in addition to rent and are determined directly by Electric Company with a $10 per month farm recovery fee.

  • Parking :

    Please note that only one car is allowed per space due to the small area and expense of installing a gravel road. Any additional car will have to be parked in the guest spaces at the front of the farm or you may purchase a $25 a month parking permit to help pay for the additional wear to the gravel each year. No trucks may be parked in the cabin area due to the heavy wear on the road.

  • Optional : FARM LAND FOR CROPS

    When spaces are available you may pay an $100-$500 per month to rent additional plots of land on the farm to grow your crops you raise for food or to sell in your farm business..

SUSTAINABLE BUILDING, AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND FARM WORKER ADVOCACY MODELS

Farm Worker Advocacy:

Wildwoods has participated in supporting a varity of Tiny House programs which are designed as a model and pilot project to develop new housing alternatives for all farm communities.

Wildwoods occassionally participates in educational tiny house displays and tiny house educational build days to provide public education and particiapation in housing alternatives. The hope is to build homes that represent affordable and sustainable building while serving as models for improved farm worker housing options. It will also provide an opportunity for the people to participate in build days to learn how to build various styles of sustainable projects such as cob, tiny homes and other building styles.

The tiny home options may give our local farm communities and farm workers the opportunity to grow their own healthy food; provide additional income by growing their own crops while providing small but comfortable and affordable housing.

Tiny Houses or other affordable housing alternatives may become options for seasonal, migrant and low income farm workers. At this time, many farmworkers are housed in substandard, unhealthy living conditions and may workers are not even given access to fresh healthy food or the opportunity to grow their own food even though many of them work long hours on a commercial farm growing food every day. To Learn more or find out how you can help go to http://ncfan.org/ .

You can help by participating, donating or scheduling a group tiny house build project.