The Bezaleel Israel Eco-Village in far northeast Washington. It’s named after the landowner, affectionately known as “BZ,” who has put more than 30 years of effort into developing his 20 acres to support a self-sufficient permaculture community. BZ is retiring from farming and the construction jobs that provided his income for many years. With great generosity, he wants to donate his land to current and future generations as a permaculture community land trust. BZ has many skills from metal fabrication and machinery maintenance to producing vegetable seeds and installing solar power systems. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with those curious to learn.
Contact us if you want to get involved. We are now inviting interested people to participate. Help build the Eco-village that will be a model for living well with a small footprint.
Contact us to arrange a visit.
There is potential for a small number of people to move into permanent residency here. There is a suggested structure for joining as a permanent resident which is like an apprenticeship program. The permanent residents make up the Village Collective. There is also a farming collective.
We are looking for mature, responsible, non-violent, communicative, compassionate, debt-free folks who have experience in regenerative agriculture, have a firm grasp of permaculture principles and practices, experience in collaborative group living and a love of voluntary simplicity and Earth care. Anyone with those qualifications can apply. We highly encourage interested young people to apply. IMPORTANT: The pursuit of cultivating those values to your life and livelihood and to illustrate by example their benefits to the greater society must form the central core of your being and fuel your underlying motivation.
Membership & Visitors
- Current members: 2
- Open to new members
- Open to visitors
Applying for an apprenticeship at the BZ Farm is a two step process.
First there is a two-question pre-application. From those applications we will choose folks to answer a few more questions, get references and do a phone or Zoom interview.
If we accept your application as an apprentice candidate, we will welcome you to join us on the farm.
You can join us as a volunteer and come to work as your schedule allows (providing your own shelter if you plan on staying overnight) or you can join us as a prospective apprentice/Collective member.
If you're interested in the apprenticeship, then after a successful 60-day trial, you will become a Level 1 Apprentice and a voting member of the Village Collective until the end of the growing season (October 31).
Go here for the application form: