Interested in sustainable homesteading in West Virginia?

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  • Description

    Description

    Our place is very private and quiet. It has been said “It’s absolutely fantastic; the buildings are snug and wonderful, this homestead is a perfect little rustic hideaway in the mountains." If you enjoy camping you will like it here. Need early-risers, have an inner enjoyment of nature, enjoys rustic living. Our place has 21 wooded acres and 3 cleared acres.

    We are not certified organic, but organic practices. We practice sustainable homesteading and self-sufficiency,

    Appalachian Trail Walker may come take a week or two down time. Will pick you up at Pearisburg, Virginia or make a special arrangement for pickup at a nearby hostel.

    *** We are very interested in a native or fluent Spanish speaker. ***

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Art project

  • Help

    Help

    Some things which you might help us do: mow grass, cut weeds, helping with chickens, honey bees, general upkeep, feed/water cats, & dogs. Help with horse & with additional fencing, shelter, and other related care. Plant perennial flowers, medicinal, edible, healing herbs, garden vegetables then weed, cultivate, harvest & home-can vegetables (gardening April to fall frost). Water young fruit trees in dry periods. There are ongoing building constructions of all kinds. Subject to change. Help is done according to priority & situation at the time. A typical day might include all or limited aspects of the above. Hours of help per day are 5 and is negotiable.

    Ongoing project list for now and years to come: *Finish a green house - attach frame to treated 4x4 into ground to stabilize, do what else in necessary, cover with plastic. * Build bird houses with pieces of accumulated lumber. *Interested in extra-small solar panels up to 100W. *Interested in our horse pulling extra-light plow & a 2-wheeled cart using harness. We don't have cart or harness yet. *Build a dry stack rock wall from 150 year old cut foundation rock.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    There are 3 small rustic cabins that are natural in color and texture, and all are original one of a kind. The guest cabin is rustic and unique with hardwood floors throughout. The cabin is small and cozy, with steps going up to a covered porch. There is a small study/sitting room which faces south for passive solar heat when needed. The small kitchenette has a dormitory refrigerator, hotplate, microwave, toaster oven and all utensils. We also provide food for your cabin. The bathroom has a tub with shower, sink and composting toilet. There is a ladder going to an extra small sleeping loft which sleeps 1 person. This cabin is used during warm weather only. There is a cellar below.

    We share the garden vegetables and meat. We enjoy cooking and you are welcome to eat your meals with us, or you may fix your own. If you enjoy cooking you are welcome to share your creations with us.

    We share the land-line phone. Bring your PC and you can use Wi-Fi. Will pick you up at the bus station, Amtrak train station, or you can use your auto.

    There is an area which we use for campfires in the evening. We usually sit around & talk & eat s’mores etc.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Qualifications:
    Reliable & self-motivated. Mechanical aptitude & carpentry knowledge a plus. Experience with animal husbandry & sustainable homesteading practices a plus. We seek people sufficiently interested in sustainable homesteading & self-sufficiency. Lets read, think & talk - this helps to improve the homestead; which requires patience, teamwork, cooperative and communication skills. Need helpers who like being early-risers, have an inner enjoyment of nature, enjoys rustic living. Smoking & drinking are not permitted. We meet regularly in which everyone is expected to participate; this is a great opportunity to learn. By email include when you are available, previous work experience, references, interests, skills, aspirations as helper & any additional pertinent information

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Workawayers can learn more about rural living, what is required at a homestead, how to grow and preserve your own food, beekeeping, and animal care. Workawayers will also experience the beauty of the mountains of West Virginia. We go on sightseeing excursions in our free time.

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    Volunteering hours expected

    5 hours per day 5 days a week


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The guest/helpers cabin. Showing the front room which is a sun room/sitting room. Cellar below.
Inside of Honey Bee hive
Steps going up to the porch of the guest/helpers cabin. A cellar below for canned goods.
One of our hens.
This is Captian, who goes by Cap.
Evening Bonfire
Our Honey Bee Yard
Macy
Honey Bees
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