Since 1989 we have farmed organically with horses and live sort of self-sufficient lifestyle in off grid home we built. We're always moving toward more permaculture concepts.
Farm/music clip on youtube is good introduction to 'who' we are at heart, but it's from 2007, so some things have changed. Children grown and last one recently left the nest. Lost my wife in 2010, and just remarried. We are too short handed to continue the farm as normal, so using 'work exchange' programs while we scale down. Also, regretfully, recently sold all the horses except one for cultivating, and got an old 67 tractor. Not very satisfying petting a tractor, but they don't eat much when out to pasture, and they’re easy to catch. (Wisdom says always find the good.)
We are located in beautiful central Kentucky, one hour north of 'MUSIC CITY USA' (Nashville, TN). Lots of lakes, rivers and world's largest cave system. Mammoth Cave National Park. Also Great Smoky Mountain National Park, which is America most visited Park is a nice side trip. Check them both out on line.
We're not commercially farming now, just growing and preserving much of our own food and for our animals. We breed, raise and train border collies for herding. All of our animals have free run of pastures, except the Border collies we are training. Unless fully trained, herding dogs left unsupervised, will find and possibly harm livestock. So we need help exercising and caring for the dogs since they stay in pens. We also need help caring for the goats, sheep, cows and horses.
We milk our cow by hand, and make yogurt and cheese. My wife is wonderful cheese and bread maker. We can lots of our own food etc. Is common to see wild turkeys, deer, and other wildlife. Our home is heated and with wood and also cook with woodstoves. But our farm office has all amenities.
Sometime we work hard; sometime we do not. Subsidence living requires working in harmony with nature. Our workload changes with the season and the weather. If we cannot work because of the rain, (and take time off) once it dries out, we have to catch up. It takes commitment and labor to grow food without the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides. That is why most farms today choose the deadly sprays over natural, more ‘hands on’ intensive methods. Choosing the ‘easy’ path is part of why the earth is where it is today. We are purposed to try and do our part when possible.
Life is pretty satisfying to us, just like we are live, which includes taking some time off to enjoy things, and we love to show folks around our wonderful region of America.
Feel free to ask anything you wish to determine your interest in visiting/helping here. We enjoy working with others, including those much different culturally and spiritually. Thus far the work exchange has been wonderful two-way experience for all.
Be wise...be thankful,
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We all take part in cooking and and cleaning. Nashville Tennessee airport is one hour drive. We can pickup and no need for car here unless you want one. We enjoy showing people around when schedule allows, so volunteers do not need car. There is no public transp[ortation close by, so we can take to car rental place, or to bus stop 30 minute away, and pick you back up, if prefering to go away for few days on your own.
Private room in house.
We´will forward you a youtube clip to see some of farm and family, but things changing last few years.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Volunteers normally work full days to allow taking off 'full' days for site seeing. Usually averages out, but sometimes more, sometimes less according to weather.
JCK Family Photo Album