Wildwoods Community Farm

Farm Housing

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

Sorry, no pets.

A few lucky farmers will be able to live on our community 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. We welcome everyone from Farm enthusiasts to Beginning Farmers to experience living and creating farms in this beautiful natural space.

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. Employed in Actively Raising a crop for Profit or Education of the Public
  6. Actively providing Agricultural Educational or Training to the Pubic.
  7. You Employment or Business has a Direct Full-time Association to actual farming or Agriculture that helps produce a crop or other agricultural or forestry product.
  8. Enrolled in a Wildwoods Farm Training Program or Approved Farm Training Program.

Living Options for those in one of our Farm Programs:

  • Rent a Lot Farm Space to Park Your Own RV or Tiny House
  • Rent an Existing Tiny Cabin, Tiny House, or RV.

WE DO NOT ALLOW ANY BUILDING OF TINY HOUSES ON THE FARM. Tiny Houses must be built to RV Code to be allowed on any lot.

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. 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-$65,000- others have used salvaged materials and built their entire tiny homes for under $8000! This means some people their tiny homes 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; Long Term stays in tiny houses often 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 and to provide housing to our beginning farmers 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

Wildwood Farm residents get to be part of creating a supportive and cooperative farm community. Wildwoods uses healthy, natural and sustainable farm practices. The farm has a greenhouse, ponds and provides educational instruction on various sustainable growing techniques.  The Farm Residents share ponds, chickens, row crops, greenhouses, gardens 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 everyone living on the land is required to work the farm and also work toward growing their own agricultural crop of food, flowers, mushrooms, or fish. Everyone contributes to farm community projects each month.

Community Projects will be things that benefit everyone and include things like fixing fencing, mulching, build projects and weeding gardens.  

The land lot rate for a Tiny Home or RV Site is $425 and only available to people in Agriculture.

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

Water and Electric is additional or can be off-grid with solar. No generators are allowed except in cases of emergency.

We are also keeping the land pollutant free and out of our food by using safe products. There is no city wastewater system on the farm that takes chemicals away so everything used in the garden or homes 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:

This application is to become part of our farm program and to apply for a tiny house space at Wildwoods Community Farm. This opportunity is only available to individuals who will be working on the community farm and in our farm programs to learn to grow a small crops and care for farm animals. Please note 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 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 10 hours each month to the community farm and be employed or training in Agriculture.
  • 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.

Tiny House Spaces cost and fees

The monthly lot rental fee is $425 plus utilities for one individual who is providing their own rv, tent, tiny home on wheels or portable tiny cabin.

No more than 2 people can be located in one housing lot space.  The second person may be require to pay an additional fee. Everyone living on the farm must be part of the minimum community hours.

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

Water Fee:

$45 Monthly for Water. The water fee helps to cover the cost of well-pumps, maintenance, water lines, well-drilling. Etc.

$25 per person Monthly for Septic:  The septic fee covers the cost of a permanent septic system and maintenance, testing and repair of that system.

Electric :

Electric costs will be determined directly by Piedmont Electric, Shared Community Fees and Cost of Installation.

You have the option to use your own Solar, however all solar panels must be on the roof of your RV or Tiny House and many not be on the ground.

Parking :

Please note that only one car is allowed per space due to the small area and expense of installing a gravel road. Any second car will require a $25 a month parking permit to help pay for the additional wear to the long gravel road each year. No trucks may be parked in the cabin area due to their size and heavy wear on the road, but they can be parked in the guest parking lot.

SUSTAINABLE BUILDING, AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND FARM WORKER ADVOCACY MODELS

Farm Worker Advocacy:

While the Wildwoods Tiny House program is only open to farmers and farm workers. The Wildwoods Tiny House Program is designed as a model and pilot project to develop new housing alternatives for all farm communities throughout the world. 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 village project will give our local farm communities and farm workers the opportunity to grow their own healthy food; provide additional income by growing their own crops; provide comfortable and affordable housing; while also working on a farm. It is hoped that the Wildwoods Tiny House project will also become a model to encourage larger farms to use Tiny Houses or other affordable housing alternatives for seasonal, migrant and low income farm workers. At this time, many farmworkers are housed in substandard, unhealthy living conditions and are not 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. The Wildwoods Tiny House project may help provide a model to commercial farmers to improve conditions for farmworkers. To Learn more or find out how you can help go to http://ncfan.org/ .