WWOOF at Buckhorn

We are more of a mini-farm, market garden, or even homestead-with-surplus than a production farm. Our large garden supplies produce for the residents and guests, a small winter CSA, a few market crops, and beautiful flowers. We are continuing to transition our lower garden into more perennial fruits, flowers and vegetables. We are expanding our upper growing area to include a small orchard, annual vegetables, and more berries. We also have a 24’ x 48’ greenhouse, beehives, and a flock of happy chickens and ducks. Volunteers will spend time planting, weeding, watering and harvesting, along with many other tasks and educational opportunities.

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World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF)

Our property is a historic retreat center tucked in a hidden valley outside Ashland, Oregon. The lodge and cabins host retreat groups for eight months of the year for yoga, meditation, writing, meetings, weddings and general rejuvenation. We continue to collect the stories of this place and restore the many historic buildings. We are using permaculture principles to create a more resilient and bountiful landscape, and to guide our sustainable forestry and organic agriculture. The 120 acre property is inside the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, and contains diverse micro-habitats, from moist riparian cedar forest to sun-baked grassy slopes to oak and madrone mosaics. We have four distinct seasons, with lots of sun, dramatic clouds, wet springs, and hot, dry summers.

We are thrilled to welcome our new master gardener and WWOOF program manager Wayne Becker to Buckhorn. Wayne comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience we are excited to have!

“Born and raised in rural northwest Ohio, I am a farm boy at heart. With four degrees in horticulture and an international career in production and retail horticulture, academia and the botanic garden world, I have pursued my far-ranging interests within the profession. In recent years, I have returned to practical gardening, which I find most satisfying.

To me, plants and their cultivation are endlessly fascinating, and the synergy of art and science that is horticulture brings equilibrium and worth. In a commercial setting, such as market gardening, horticulture marries with business to keep me growing in new ways.

A garden in harmony with its context – societal, environmental and economical – is a beautiful thing. Sustainability is key to the future of agriculture, including gardening of all kinds.

The knowledge, skills and heart of a professional gardener require cultivation and link one generation to the next. I thoroughly enjoy teaching: helping others learn is an ongoing education.

Gardening engages the mind, body and spirit like no other vocation. I am always learning, relish the physicality and diversity of hands-on work, and savor the direct connection with nature and the Buckhorn Springs community.” – Wayne Becker