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Devil’s Gulch Ranch

California, United States
MESA Notes – Public
Website :
http://DevilsGulchRanch.com
Blog, Online Newsletter, etc. :
https://www.facebook.com/DevilsGulchRanch/
Public Contact Information:
[email protected]
 

Private Host Information

Name:
Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak Kaplan-Pasternak
E-mail:
[email protected]
Phone:
4156622209
Address:
200 Rd to Ranches, Nicasio, California, United States 94946
Mailing Address(if diff. as abov)
P.O. Box 557
 

About the Placement:

Detailed Placement Description

DGR is a diversified family farm that focuses on meat production for high end restaurants and retail sales. We believe in using the whole animal, integrating species to enhance management, coexistiing with nature and improving environmental impact. Devil’s Gulch Ranch is somewhat isolated, but near a small friendly town with a catholic church that has welcomed several interns in the past. We are 1.2 hour by car from several small cities ( Pt Reyes, Petaluma, Fairfax, San Rafael, San Anselmo (and 1.5 hours to San Francisco and Oakland/Berkeley. All these locations have many cultural activities and some public transportation. A car will be available for use. Opportunities to visit other farms in the area can be arranged

Primary Production :

Pork/Swine, Poultry, Sheep, Vineyards/Winery, Rabbits, Pigeons, Livestock Guardian Dogs


About the Internship:

Availability:

Accepting Stewards

Training Hours:

Work days and hours are flexible and based on farm and personal needs. Generally people work 5-6 days per week

Training Expectations :

Stewards will assist with a variety of ranch chores. Schedule is flexible with advanced notice. Training and supervision will be done by owners and some employees. Most activities will involve animal management, Farmer’s market sales, distribution and some vineyard work.
Working with livestock can be wonderful, but it can also be tedious, repetitive and heartbreaking. Learning to cope with the highs and lows is part of the process.

On-Site Training, Steward’s primary activities :

Primary activities will be assisting with Rabbitry and chicken management, with. many opportunities to work with other species of farm animals and the vineyard

Climate and Location Description

DGR is located within the Golden Gate Recreation area near Pt Reyes Sta. California. Nicasio is a very small town that has a small catholic church, a tiny store and a restaurant. We are 1/2 hour drive from other larger towns and 1 hour from San Francisco. The climate is moderate. It does rain in Winter and Spring. Rarely gets too hot. DGR is a quiet and peaceful place. It is a farm, gets muddy and dusty and messy, but we love the farm life.

Compensation :

$600/month, Room in main house, Free, daily food, A car is available for use

Accommodations and amenities provided :

A private room is available in our main house which is shared by a roommate or other intern and Mark and Myriam (owners of the farm). Food and meal responsibilities can be shared. A frig is available for your own food if you prefer. Free Internet is available and access to computer time. A shared vehicle is available for use. There is a lake for swimming and many hiking trials. There are several other residences on the ranch and lots of animals to cuddle.

Preferred start date :

6m offset

Preferred length of internship :

6-12 months

User ID:

myriamkp

Mesa Notes – Internal:

Status:

Accepted

Admin Only – No Notification:

Your Job Title:

Owner/Manager

Do you have separate mailing address? :

Yes

City:

Nicasio

State :

California

Zip Code:

94946

Host Fees. $175 Steward assignment confirmation, plus $225/month/Steward.:

We can pay the basic fee to support MESA’s program and services.

Other Placement Activities:

Composting, Farm business planning/ record keeping, Marketing: Direct (e.g. CSA, farmers market), Marketing: Retail (farmstore, other sales), Fulfillment, Marketing to restaurants

How many Stewards would you like to host:

2

Placement description:

DGR is a diversified family farm that focuses on meat production for high end restaurants and retail sales. We believe in using the whole animal, integrating species to enhance management, coexistiing with nature and improving environmental impact. Devil’s Gulch Ranch is somewhat isolated, but near a small friendly town with a catholic church that has welcomed several interns in the past. We are 1.2 hour by car from several small cities ( Pt Reyes, Petaluma, Fairfax, San Rafael, San Anselmo (and 1.5 hours to San Francisco and Oakland/Berkeley. All these locations have many cultural activities and some public transportation. A car will be available for use. Opportunities to visit other farms in the area can be arranged

Average training hours/week:

Work days and hours are flexible and based on farm and personal needs. Generally people work 5-6 days per week

Climate and Location description:

DGR is located within the Golden Gate Recreation area near Pt Reyes Sta. California. Nicasio is a very small town that has a small catholic church, a tiny store and a restaurant. We are 1/2 hour drive from other larger towns and 1 hour from San Francisco. The climate is moderate. It does rain in Winter and Spring. Rarely gets too hot. DGR is a quiet and peaceful place. It is a farm, gets muddy and dusty and messy, but we love the farm life.

Are you willing to host a Steward whose English proficiency is below 30%?:

If the speak French or Spanish than it is okay if their english is less than 30 %

Please list your two nearest airports, and approx. driving distance to/from the training site.:

San Francisco International airport and Oakland airport are both about 1.5 hours away.
Training site is on the same property as the residence

We have previously hosted a MESA Steward(s):

Yes

We have hosted or currently host J-1 interns/trainees in another program:

Yes

Reference 1:

Rebecca McDonogh 415.272.3522

Reference 2:

Amber Engle 510.529.8489

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