We have now hosted WorkAwayers for several years and love meeting folks from all over the world! One of the best things about WorkAway is sitting around the dinner table learning about the folks that we host :) We are a small farm and are considered an agri-tourism destination as we have a "Healing Spring" on the property. Discovered in 1883 the water from the spring has many curative powers.
We are near many great hiking destinations, Mt. Rogers, Grayson Highlands State Park, Stone Mountain, Doughton Park and the many trails off of the Blue Ridge Parkway that crosses through our part of the state of North Carolina. We are just off of the New River with fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Additionally, the Virginia Creeper Trail, Rocky Knob Park and the Railroad Grade trail offer great biking opportunities. We are 10 minutes from the town of West Jefferson with a great Farmers Market and cute town with artisan shops. We are just a short driving distance several larger cities.
We prefer folks who are looking for a longer term/ seasonal stay, but are open to conversations with folks who are 1st time WorkAwayers and want to "try" it for a couple of weeks or a month.
We raise Belted Galloway cattle, heritage breed pigs and heritage breed chickens (both egg layers and meat chickens). Our cattle is grass fed / pasture raised from conception to slaughter. Our pigs and chickens are pasture raised as well. We believe in providing the best environment possible for our livestock and practice rotational grazing and are moving (slower than I would like!) towards using the Joel Salatin / PolyFace Farm methods.
We have a small vegetable garden that provides for us, and our pigs. We do a considerable amount of jams & jellies and we make artisan soap with water from our Healing Spring for our use.
Our projects have a wide range from farm to construction - such as: putting in new fencing, bringing unused pasture into production, rotational grazing, planting and weeding the vegetable garden, watering, construction of shelters for livestock, daily feeding and watering of livestock, building a rock retaining wall, general maintenance and converting a hay barn into living spaces.
For folks who are interested in working towards being a farmer or being a homesteader, we have the ability to give you space and help you with your projects - be they crop growing, construction related or livestock raising, etc. We are happy to help you with your projects and share everything we know, as much as we can.
We are drug free and insist that our Workawayers are as well. We don’t mind the use of tobacco, outside – away from any buildings. A beer after the workday is fine, but this isn't the place for you if you drink to excess. No drama, we get plenty of that from our cows!
We provide a private furnished room with access to WiFi and a shared bath. You are welcome to camp out on our property if you prefer. Meals – we feed you seven days a week :)! We are happy to consider couples, friends traveling together, a family or folks with a dog.
Help in the house
Travelers will experience typical farm duties associated with having cattle, pigs, chickens and a garden along with the opportunity to work on renovations / construction. Host is also a soapmaker and we process jams & jellies made with local produce.
We are a small farm that raises cattle, pigs, & chickens. We have a historic "Healing Spring" on the property as well. In 2019 we will be converting a hay barn into living spaces along with some other building projects.
We can offer a spacious private room with a shared bath that is furnished and comes with bed & bath linens.
We are located in the NW corner of North Carolina, at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There is loads of different outdoor stuff to do, we are near the New River, so canoe, kayak, hike (loads of great hiking!), bike, golf, horseback ride, explore cute small towns, etc. etc.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week