Join us in Cultivating RESILIENCE!
Volunteer internships are invited. Volunteers learn by guided living and helping on 40 year old sustainable project. Opportunity for 3-6month interns with farming or similar skills with stipend. Potential long term position.
Dandelion Sustainable Farm is a gift to Nature and Humankind and the Living Force of Life Itself.
Whole body sustainable living, human and environmental resilience are cultivated here on Dandelion. Our invariable intention is to serve all who participate with us on Dandelion Farm as well as to work together to serve peace and a benign future for us all.
Love is a mysterious and powerful force. For more than 40 years it has moved Candace and Loren Stolley to create this unique gift of their all to all.
In 1979, after some early years of self sufficiency experience, a “calling” came to create Dandelion Sustainable Farm as a profound gift of their lives as service to the Heart of Existence Itself, a gift of their energy, skills and resources. It was to be a gift of all they had and could do.
As they completed their artist dream, even before ever getting to live in it, they were able to sell it miraculously for sufficient funds to purchase the pristine land in Northern California that was to become Dandelion Farm. Fresh air, a high clean water table, deep rich farmland and wooded rolling hills made the land a choice location. With seasonal creeks, beautiful views and miles of hiking trails, the 190 acres were, from the beginning of Dandelion, a spacious, peaceful place. And so the work began.
Dandelion Sustainable Farm is not for profit. It is intended, with research and demonstrations to provide education in all forms of sustainable living. May the work here help serve a rapid switch to sustainable choices in every area of our lives, as is becoming so critically necessary. Our intuition at the beginning of our work on Dandelion was that sustainable living, even then was an urgent necessity for the world. So we challenged ourselves to learn and live sustainably constantly in order to embody and share a better way of life with a world deeply in need.
Our work on Dandelion Farm over the past 40 years has finally come of age. Our orientation and efforts to serve the collective future of humans, non humans and of our entire earth’s well being has bloomed into a broad gift of help for others to embrace sustainability as a necessary way forward and essential foundation for world peace.
More details about the variety of sustainable life lived on Dandelion Farm can be found under “Farm Sustainability”.
Our many years of farming have been full of endless experimentation. While using our personal lives for these experiments for a sustainable plant based diet and whole body health, much of the research, has been for the future of others. It would be difficult to innumerate all the usual and unusual plants trialed for future food under various climate change possibilities and all the means for healthy fertile soil, all the ways of processing foods for optimum health, all the alternative technologies, etc, trialed.
A primary focus has been developing an easily grown (zone 7-8) wholesome plant based diet for food security and optimum health.
The diet must collaborate gently with Nature, broad enough for optimum health and be easy to grow . Likewise better ways to cultivate soil fertility on site strengthens food security and growing systems that conserve CO2 are essential for our collective future. As the years have progressed in these experiments we are enjoying better health and far more productivity in less growing space, less use of precious water and many signs of a more balanced local ecosystem.
We have also observed the benefits of using our saved seeds, from adaptation of more challenging plants, to greatly increased vigor of easier plants. Experimentation with unusual food plants is also to help address the on going massive loss of food varieties available to humanity.
A summer afternoon’s watery contemplation
Dandelion Farm nurtures the deeper being, attracting the heart and speaking there of inner and outer peace, harmony and well being via the language of art and nature, kindness to creatures, openness of expression and service to our world at a critical time in its history.
Great Swan Peace Cathedral is our culminating gift to the world on Dandelion Farm in service to world peace. It is requiring everything of us, a huge endeavor and great Leap of Faith to accomplish this. Will you participate?
We are all part at a pivotal moment in human history. Thus we feel urgent to share our long (50+ years) of sustainable living experience and knowledge as education on Dandelion Farm. May it help the necessary transition humanity faces to survive and achieve world peace. This dimension of Dandelion Farm is most associated with Great Swan Peace Cathedral.
Great Swan Peace Cathedral is a vision becoming manifest, a crowning gift to the world on Dandelion Farm. (see GreatSwan.org for this story). Much of the art work has been accomplished, almost entirely by Candace with broad technical and installation support from Loren Stolley, while much still waits to be created.
- Now, in early 2019, Great Swan Peace Cathedral stands a resplendent taste of the vision that called it into being. There are many embellishments yet to come to enhance the fullness of that vision. But from this point forward, Great Swan stands already visually expressing its rarefied origin, beckoning all to sublimity and heart exaltation.
- Sustainable living is our long developed lifestyle. We eat from our gardens, grapes, berry patch, orchards and sell what is excess. After 40 years, the excess food from healthy soil and perennial fruits can be overwhelming indeed at times. Maintaining all this including the buildings and systems on Dandelion farm while working to further the inspiring sign of Great Swan Peace Cathedral is a daunting task.
- Volunteers learn a great deal while helping in so many ways, from gardening to natural building, and numerous skills for maintenance. Become a participant in our farm family, helping in exchange for room and a food stipend!
- Many wonderful people have helped in many ways on Dandelion Farm, volunteering their energy, enthusiasm and skills in exchange for their stay. It is a rich human sharing and educational experience for all. Is there a way you could help?
Candace and Loren Stolley
P.O. Box 1744
Lower Lake, CA. 95457-9411
(707) 994-1814 PLEASE EMAIL!
Volunteers with special skills make their mark on Dandelion…Tiny house builders welcome! Want experience with cob natural building?
2012-2013 Ivory Tower, a cob cabin, (made of mud and straw with an old satellite dish roof) is located in Enchanted Encampment, our mini educational eco-village in the making. We hope to complete this cozy little art cabin soon. Tiny houses for camping while inspiring recycling and creativity is one of our delights. Many more playful little sleeping places being dreamed and stared.
Stefan and Jennifer, superb artists, stand by their fabulous paint job on Sentinel Fire as there farewell day offering. Their color job transformed the metal art from a drab to a knock out piece. They were especially heroic in our epic 2012 apple and walnut harvests. Oh, for more of that wonderful color talent help!
Below: Ansel 6 years older and still vastly ahead for his 24yrs, returns to Dandelion from Arkansas for a New Year’s visit. With him is the lady of his life, a beautiful Ginny (body and heart). Ansel spent several months in ’07 getting the landscaping of the center of Dandelion well under-way, teaching us how to do it and making himself another well loved member of the Dandelion family. He was a good man in the true sense of the word, even then at 18!
Below, students come by the busload for a day of help and fun together on the farm.
Volunteering: Please consider our work exchange program and internship possibilities on the next “Learn From Living” page.
Support Dandelion With a TOUR of the farm…These include 1hr. mild hike/tour + 1hr. question/answer. $10/person, $50 minimum. Bring a group!
Dandelion Farm is tobacco, drug and alcohol free. Please help us keep Dandelion a healthy environment for all.