Area: North CarolinaWe're a music and arts based homestead nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains out in good ole' Burnsville North Carolina. We're under an hour from the vibrant cities Asheville and Boone. We host artists, travelers, work-traders and bands all year long. Our mission is simple: to grow. Grow food, grow community, and grow creatively. THE FARM The land abounds with pastures, forests, streams, wildlife, breathtaking long range mountain views, and over 60 mature fruit and nut trees: apple, black walnut, cherry, and chestnut.. We love perennials, and are growing large amounts of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, asparagus, hops, herbs, flowers and newly planted trees. WHAT'S HERE Our homestead consists of a funky five bedroom house, a communal barn jam space, an art studio/loft apartment, a solar powered music studio/cabin, a teepee, an RV and an artsy bus. Multiple other cabins are currently under construction. WHO'S HERE? We are usually between 8-20 people, most of which are artist/musicians between 18-30 years old who found us online. We also host couchsurfers and old friends regularly so you're likely to meet some inspirational folks while you're here. We have potlucks, parties and jam sessions regularly. We have 1 pig, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and some chickens. We share the land with turkeys, deer, rabbits, groundhogs, chipmunks, squirrels, bobcats, coyotes, bears, black snakes (harmless), hawks, crows, bluebirds, cardinals, finches, etc. WILD FOODS/MEDICINES We are lovers of wild edible/medicinal plants and mushrooms. We enjoy studying and harvesting the natural abundance of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We encourage everyone who visits will take the opportunity to learn some of the common useful plants and mushrooms that surround us. FOOD Between June and November we have an abundance of greens, veggies, fruits, mushrooms, herbs and we often have an abundance of venison. Come in the fall for apple season, in the spring for strawberries, cherries and asparagus. Also, there is always an abundant spread of wild edible plants and mushrooms throughout the forest. PET POLICY For longterm we DO NOT ALLOW DOGS/CATS with the exception of puppies, but for 2-3 day stays your dog can come and remain on a leash hike with us and our dogs. We do allow hedgehogs, rabbits, mice, and birds. WHAT TO BRING Gloves, water bottle, towel, linens, toiletries, camera, work shoes/boots, NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Only 8 minutes by car is Burnsville, a small mountain town with a vibrant arts community and a rich history. There are grocery stores, banks, art galleries, and restuarants that host bands and open mic nights. Asheville, one of the most artsy and culturally rich cities in the world is 40 minutes away. Boone is Asheville's funky little sister, a vibrant college town in the heart of the mountains, only 1 hour away. Mount Mitchell, the highest mountain East of the Mississippi is here in Yancey County. The Linville Gorge is the Grand Canyon of the East and is about an hour away. NEARBY FARMS Some other farms in the area we'd recommend include Soulshine Farm, Mountain Gardens, Chestnut Hill, and the Dig-In Community Garden here in Burnsville. CONTACTING US If applying for Artist Residency please send us links to some of your work. Also include your proposed dates of coming, a bit about yourself, ambitions, skills, etc., and if possible please include a link to your facebook page or couchsurfing profile.
Area: Cerro ConcepcionWe are 2 Chilean girls who opened a hostel on Cerro Concepcion one year ago and we are looking for creative, warm-hearted people who want to join our hostel family. In our hostel we try to create a homey atmosphere, where we can have BBQs together with our guests, share a drink and exchange stories and adventures. We started this hostel with a small amount of money, but with lots of energy and help from friends and travellers. Together we collected a lot of stuff from all over Valparaiso and turned it into unique furniture. We worked throughout the year with many travellers from all over the world who contributed their styles and ideas to the hostel to improve it day by day Somos un hostel que lleva 2 años en Valparaiso, en un cerro lindo que se llama Concepción, cerca de miradores, damos la posibilidad de que trabajes con nosotros en un ambiente joven y puedas vivir Valparaiso desde adentro, el trabajo consta de atender en recepción, hacer camas, aseo, compartir con los pasajeros y vivir la experiencia de ser parte del staff de un hostel orientado a mochileros, te esperamos!!!!
Area: Northern IrelandWe are a family of 3 people who live in a small town in the North of Ireland - myself, my partner and my son. Our home is centrally located for sightseeing with easy access to public transport. We enjoy days out and you would be invited to join us on any family trips. We have one dog and seven cats so our home is not suitable for allergy sufferers. My son also has a snake (not poisonous) which lives in a tank in his room but you would not be required to look after it! You will help with the care of the other animals.
Area: MurciaWe are a typical spanish family. A married couple with two sons and a grandmother. The eldest son is married and lives out in another city. The youngest one is a student at the University of Murcia. We live on a mountain, in Águilas country by the shores of the Mediterranean. My husband is the owner of a traditional small grocery store in the center of the town, and I work in the Office of Tourism. We are Christians and live trying to follow the teachings of Jesus. We love to share our time with friends. We are easy and homely people, loving Nature, food, reading and music. We have two dogs. We are ready to get home to someone who wants to learn Spanish, or to know the Mediterranean lifestyle. He/she can help maintaining the garden, the orchard or the house. Somos una família típica española. Un matrimonio con dos hijos varones y la abuela. El hijo mayor está casado y vive en otra ciudad. El menor estudia en la Universidad de Murcia. Vivimos sobre una montaña, en el campo de Águilas, a orillas del Mediterráneo. Mi esposo tiene en el centro de la ciudad una tienda de alimentos tradicionales y yo trabajo en la Oficina de Turismo. Somos cristianos y vivimos tratando de seguir las enseñanzas de JESÚS. Nos encanta compartir nuestro tiempo con los amigos. Somos personas sencillas, amantes de la naturaleza, la gastronomía, la lectura y la música. Tenemos dos perros Estamos dispuestos a recibir en casa a alguna persona que quiera aprender el español, o conocer la forma de vida mediterránea. Puede colaborar en el mantenimiento del jardín, el huerto o la casa.
Area:Our farm is located in the Valley of Mała Panwia, where the Odra river feeds into Turawskie Lake. We have 11 ha of land which consist of grasslands (7 ha), cereal crops, vegetable crops, and two orchards. On the property we also have our personal home, a guest house for vacationers, and century old farm buildings that we are continuously renovating. The farm was handed down to us a few years ago and since then we have been working toward converting the land as well as reconstructing the original buildings. Within our house we are cultivating a traditional Silesian family structure where three generations are living in harmony under a single roof. Each of us is considered to be an irreplaceable part of the entirety. Upstairs lives our family: Iwona (mother), Jens (father) and “our teens” Felix and Sophia. Downstairs lives Iwona's mother Heidi, father Heinrich and brother Janek. Additional members of our family include two dogs, a cat and her kittens. For us ecology is not just a means of cultivating ploughland. It’s also a way living that is incorporated into our everyday lives. Every aspect of ecology, agriculture and farm life are of interest to us; eco-tourism, pro-ecologic technology, and the like. The focus of our practice is to preserve natural biodiversity which results in a very diverse, organically developed farm. Because of our commitment to generate strictly organic goods there is no typical specialisation or monoculture. Throughout the year we try to impart our passion for and knowledge about ecology through workshops geared toward elementary, middle school and high school age kids. Groups are invited to visit the farm and do workshops focused on topics related to organic farming and ecologically based practices. We would appreciate help from volunteers who are interested in teaching workshops and practicing their native language with the children in the process. Although we grow many different kinds of vegetables, fruits and herbs, we are producing food not for commercial or financial gain but for our personal consumption throughout the year with any surplus going straight to the pigs. The focus of our work is not to produce food for revenue but to educate ourselves and others about how organic produce is cultivated. Our vegetable crops consist of pumpkins (we are collecting 7-10 tons of pumpkins yearly), courgettes, and pattypan. We grow many fruits such as apples, pears, peaches. In addition to the food that we grow here at the farm we work with a traditional Hungarian breed of pigs, the Mangalitsa, that we breed throughout the year. One of the aims of eco-farming is to establish a year-round cycle that links the plant crops with the animal breeding. The animals provide a valuable organic bulk while at the same time vegetable crops provide perfect pastures for the pigs to roam. Although the best animal for an eco-farm is a cow but we chose for Mangalitsa pigs because they are less sensitive to climate changes and require very little labor. Starting in September we produce multiple kinds of fruit and vegetable juices (on a regional scale for locals only) collecting our own fruits and vegetables as well as produce from other local farmers. We mostly stamp apples but also stamp pears, plums, red beetroots, and others. The press is for the use of other people as well. Our juices are sold from the house as well as at local bazaars. We can host two volunteers at once who we would expect to work 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Minimum stay is two weeks and anytime from March to October.