Hello and welcome to Hiyu Wine Farm. 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 Hiyu Wine Farm Woofing:
Hiyu Wine Farm is a 27 acre permaculture inspired farm, vineyard and winery. In addition to growing grapes and making wine, we raise pigs, cows, chickens, goats, bees, and care for a few acres of garden. Our commitment is to sharing farming knowledge and experiences in exchange for your volunteerism. Our wwoofing season will be From April-November each year. While our ideal candidates will be looking for a 2-3 month stay, please reach out to us regardless as we may be able to accommodate you.
Town of Hood River
We are located about 10 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.
There is a four step process to apply:
1st. Initial application. Fill out the form with your basic information and desired stay dates.
2nd. Interview. We will review your application and have some additional questions in a phone/skype interview.
3rd. Background check.
4th. Confirmation of acceptance and volunteer duration.
Length of Stay
Your length of stay is based on the dates we agreed on when you originally filled out in 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 at least 24 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. However, daily work hours will be 8am- 3pm (one hour lunch break). Your projects will depend on the time of year. There will be daily 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 4 days a week and one day dedicated to “special projects.” If you plan to go away for a weekend please tell us in advance so we can plan accordingly.
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.
There will be food processing and some kitchen work as ingredient become available.
This is a working farm with many moving pieces, machines, and activities. We want everyone who visits, volunteers, and stays with us to be safe and leave with a positive feeling of this place. Safety guidelines will be covered in orientation.
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)
There will be areas where wwoofers are not permitted which will be explaned in orientation.
Conflict resolution: If issues with other wwoofers, guests, ect. arise, please bring them to our attention immediately.
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.
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.
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. Bathroom: Toilet, Sink, Shower. Kitchen: Dishes, countertops, sweep, mop floor, Clean out Refrigerator,. General cleanup of the living area, entrance and game room. Take in recycling and garbage.
WWOOFers are responsible for maintaining their own living environment and sharing the care of community space.
Please be conservative with your electric usage.
The laundry room is located in the basement.
You are responsible for your own transportation.
There are 3 bedrooms available for wwoofers to use and rooms will be assigned.
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 in front of the big house.
Be careful and drive slow! We share it with many neighbors.
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.
Sun hat / Sunglasses
Head lamp / flashlight. It's dark here at night.
Sleeping Bag in case family comes to visit
Any personal toiletries and medication
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
Tools to complete tasks.
Staple Food (see next)