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Area: North CarolinaPlease read entire profile before responding. We are always looking for help with green building projects and expanding unique farming operations! We LOVE hosting couples but have no problem hosting single travellers as well.... Welcome to Brasstown, North Carolina! Our farm is a 30 acre site in the Appalachian Mountains at the tri-state junction of Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. The property is 2 hours from 4 major cities, Asheville, Atlanta, Chattanooga and Knoxville. We are predominately a berry farm and are branching out into Wasabi production as well as heirloom crops and native medicinal herbs. This is a fledgling operation, having just established our Blueberry planting in March of 2011, and currently preparing for our Cherry orchard as well as our Raspberry planting. This is a great opportunity to learn what it takes to start an organic farm, while still seeing what goes on for existing crops. To get an idea of what we may be doing during a particular time frame, you can send us an email and find out what kinds of projects we have in mind... Please remember though, this is a real working farm not a hobby farm so things change and we may be doing something very different from what we thought we were going to attempt. The surrounding area is abound with activities. We have canoes that workaways are welcome to use in one of our many lakes or you can go rafting in either the Nantahala Whitewater area or the Ocoee Whitewater area, both are less than an hour away. We are located not far from the Appalachian Trail, so this would make a nice stop on your hike to rest and gather your strength. Lots of lakes, rivers and creeks to play in as well. On our farm is a nice small pond for fishing/swimming and a small trout stream, a short walk will take you to 2 nice rivers. The Brasstown area is best known for the John C. Campbell folk school which also hosts a work-study program. A short 10 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride to the Folk School offers lots of activities ranging from free concerts to weekly contra-dances. Our entire community is full of artists of varying media, most of whom welcome and encourage participation and company, while several host interns and apprenticeships. Lots of people come to Brasstown and like it so much, they stay. One could conceivably complete an internship at our farm, go to a workstudy program at a local School, and then apprentice under one of the local artists here. That would make for an exciting break from the "real world"! As a side note, Maya (the lady of the house) is a potter and learning pottery while you are here is a real possibility! There have been several folks who have gotten the wrong idea, we live in a community (as in a small town), NOT a commune. The "temporary communal living" phrase in the title is referring to our shared experience while you are here. We very well may have other work-away folks or WWOOF folks here during your stay. Our community is very special in that there are lots of artists here, but anything other than a stay at our farm would have to be arranged with either the local Folk School or through meeting and personally talking to the local artists, obviously we can help facilitate meetings, but whether or not someone decides to let you apprentice under them is not our decision, it is theirs. The best way to go about this would be to complete a workstudy program through the Folk School (of which we are not affiliated) and meet/work with the local artists through that opportunity. Regarding our needs and desires from the guests, since we are a fledgling farm there will be lots of hands on activities in preparing an area for organic farming. This is a year-round process, but most of the land clearing is better accomplished in the cooler months. Normal activities include keeping up with the weeds, running irrigation, fertilization, and soil amendments. There are always boring things that need doing and fun things that can be done, we try to provide a mix of those to not burn out our volunteers. We are always excited about any type of green building or alternative energy projects to embark upon. We do have 1 smaller R.V for folks to stay in while here, it is comfortable for 2 people but I will not make 2 strangers share the R.V. so for now if we have someone else here then we can only offer camping as a second option. There are plenty of areas for Green Building to happen, and building 4 small off grid habitable structures for hosting interns and renting to Folk School students are on the longer term agenda. Due to dietary concerns meals will be as you wish, you can eat with us and eat what we choose to eat, or you will have access to our foodstuffs and outdoor kitchen to cook what you wish. We normally eat a traditional southern diet, and regularly cook Asian and other Eastern cuisine. We can make accommodations for vegetarians, however hardcore vegans, raw food diets, gluten free or any other strict dietary concerns cannot be provided for, we apologize for any disappointment there. There is no public transportation in our area, so if you do not have a vehicle then we may not be able to host you. If you are a hiker on the Appalachian Trail or are on some other type of journey, then we may be able to work something out, however our town is a 2 hour drive to the nearest bus station or airport, so unless you can make your own way to our general area AND more importantly be able to leave when your time has concluded then I am afraid that you will have to look elsewhere. We apologize but this policy has become necessary to discourage folks who have no where else to go from trying to stay here. At this point we are not accepting anyone with children or pets, sorry but things are a little too hectic around here to deal with extra bodies to look out for, thanks for your understanding in this matter. Length of stay will be assumed to be a 2 week maximum, however in certain situations we have let people stay for much longer periods of time, self sufficiency is the mantra here. If you would like to stay longer, that can possibly be arranged after a face to face meeting and we have spent some time working together, the 2 week maximum is in place in order to give other guests a chance and so that we are not obligated to provide a place for folks to stay longer if the "fit" isn't right. Obviously, if you do not like being here, no bad feedback will be given for leaving earlier than previously agreed upon. You will be expected to work while you are here, however we are not slave drivers! Each day that you stay we would like one small project accomplished, there will be other projects on a chore board that can be done if you wish to help, but will certainly not be required. We understand that with all of the fun activities in our area, you may want to devote a couple of days to those as well, we are absolutely fine with that. We routinely hire friends and local people to help with certain chores, so some of the chores on our chore board may also give some monetary compensation, however this is not to be relied upon or expected and depends entirely upon our financial situation while you are here, we are young and just starting a farm, money is in short supply. Guests should come here with enough money to survive on, and equally important, enough money to leave when your time here has concluded. Spring-Fall will be our initial times of hosting, however if you are travelling in your own RV, or when our habitable structures are in place, the Winter will be available for hosting as well. Lots of things happen on farms year-round and we have come to learn that certain activities are better suited for certain times of the year. Our summers can get very warm, and our winters can get very cold. We hope you will come visit us on our little homestead, and will be looking forward to hearing from anyone interested. Feel free to ask any questions you wish, we are not shy or judgemental people so folks with alternative lifestyles are welcome here! I will try to answer your emails as quickly as possible, I apologize if there is a delay but I will get back to you asap.
Area: MaharashtraHi..After working and studying in New Zealand I'm back to India for my mom, 7 year old daughter Diya and wife Disha. Im working as a part time Lecturer in Aurangabad and also look after a 3 star property in Nanded and work as a COO. Volunteers needed for my Hospitality Institute in Aurangabad to teach or train my students at the school or my staff at the hotel in Nanded. Accommodation and Food will be on me. Yes! Free Accommodation and Food!! Sounds Good!? :)
Area: Jaén, CajamarcaHola. I am in the process of reviving and improving the coffee plantation that I inherited from my parents. In collaboration with a government assistance program and the help of the farm manager, an Englishmen, we are hoping to make the farm beneficial and sustainable for the region. In addition, we will to continue to improve the quality of the coffee and increase our share in the market. It is believed this area grows the best coffee in the world but it is not well known internationally. Tourists are almost unheard of here and the culture of the Andean people is completely intact. The locals only speak spanish so you can expect to be immersed in the language and welcomed to the community. Hola soy una mujer que decidió recuperar la hacienda cafetalera que herede de mis padres, tengo un hijo que aun esta en la universidad y estudia hoteleria. Vivo sola en la hacienda y he organizado un grupo de agricultores en una asociación para conseguir la ayuda del gobierno, tanto para mejorar nuestra calidad de café como para llegar a procesarlo y vender una parte en el mercado nacional, la otra parte la podríamos exportar.
Area: S W - GersWe are Louisa and Stuart, Harmonie and Phoenix We are a certified organic farm in the Gers, France . We raise a rare breed pig called the Porc Noir, which is a slow growing black pig. We currently have 2 donkeys, 60 pigs and piglets due very soon this month, 20+ chickens ,7 dogs, 2 cats 2 geese, lots of ducks and ducklings, We are located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, only 3.5 km away from 2 little villages with all facilities including lively bar and restaurant, 12 km from market town and 30 km from large town with big commerce. The farmhouse faces the Pyrenees mountains( 1.5 hours away) and is situated in the middle of 120 acres split in 3rds of which is woods/prairie and arable. We are approx 80% self sufficient providing organic food for ourselves and our volunteers from the farm. We transform all our meat ourselves, as well as making pâté and black pudding, saucisson and charcuterie which we sell at markets. We are looking for people to join us with our various projects on the go throughout the year. You will need to have a good level of physical fitness to volunteer here. This is primarily an English speaking environment, although we can speak french it is not often used unless we have French speaking guests. We are open minded and easy going. There is never a dull moment here.
Area: AndinaHere the sun shines from sunrise to sunset. A Refuge full of fascinating spirit where the traveler can rest and enjoy life. Alternative life, resplendent tropical beauty. Description: Ecologycal refuge Organic Farm Alternative Hostal We are located near San Agustin. Archaeological capital of Colombia. 1 km from the village. Access road. With breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon of the Magdalena River and the Sugar Loaf Volcanoes, Paletará, Puracé Sotará, Sign and The Orqueta. Listed among the 10 most ecological Hostels World and among the most Curious. Visited by tourists from around the world throughout the year ... Only write to us if you are SERIOUS about coming. En nuestra casa brilla el sol desde el amanecer hasta el atardecer. Refugio fascinante del Espíritu donde el viajero descansa y goza de la vida. Vida alternativa, resplandeciente de belleza tropical. Descripción: Refugio ecologico Finca orgánica Hostal Alternativo El Refugio ecologico Naciente se encuentra ubicado en la región de San Agustin. Capital arqueologica de Colombia. A 1 Km. del pueblo. Acceso por carretera. Con vistas maravillosas del gran cañón del río Magdalena y de los Volcanes de pan de Azucar, Paletará, Puracé, Sotará, Letrero y La Orqueta. Catalogado entre los 10 Hostales mas ecológicos del Mundo y entre los mas Curiosos. Visitado por turistas de todo el mundo, durante todo el año... Me llamo Clemencia. Soy la creadora y constructora de el Refugio. Soy rebelde con causa. Me encanta vivir y trabajar con la Madre Tierra. Me entusiasma construir mi proyecto, y crear el mundo donde respiro y me muevo, en medio de la espectacular naturaleza, que me rodea y abraza cada día de mi vida. Por esa bella vida que llevo, vivo llena de salud y gran energía. Me siento satisfecha y con inmensas ganas de vivir muchísimo más !!! Me gusta compartir momentos bellos de la vida, con personas de todas partes del mundo, que visitan mi Refugio, que es el Refugio de todos los que lo visitan y disfrutan. Soy pacifista y amo el Amor, deseando por ello que todos nos reunifiquemos Universalmente, para que hagamos de este hermoso Planeta azul un verdadero PARAISO. Deseo crecer espiritualmente y servir al maravilloso CREADOR de mi SER.