A music and art based eco-village in the Blue Ridge Mountains, USA


United States

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    Hi! My names Jared, I'm a 30 year old musician and permaculturist. I run Snaggy Mountain, its a retreat for musicians and artists, an Air BnB destination, a permaculture test site/botanical gardens. The land is nestled just outside of Burnsville North Carolina, at the base of the Black Mountains. I host artist residents, bands, travelers, and helpers year round. The lifestyle here embodies the fusion of music/art/creative collaboration with nature and living sustainably.


    This land is my granddads old dairy farm and apple orchard. It's 67 acres, diverse with pastures, pine forests, old growth deciduous forests, streams, and wild life. Lots and lots of old apple trees, black walnut, cherry, and Chinese chestnuts. And now after 6 years of homesteading here lots of young trees including peaches, pears, mulberries, persimmons, paw paws, gingkos, and many many more.


    So far the livable structures include the main house which is a cozy five bedroom house with a musical common area, 3 tiny houses, a solar powered music studio/cabin, a subterranean greenhouse, a big artsy bus thats on Air BnB, and multiple campsites on Air BnB


    Depending on the time of year, there are usually between 6-12 people , most of which are artist/musicians doing residencies here, and usually 1 to 2 helpers, mostly between 18-40 years old (but all ages are welcome). We also host people regularly and have many visiting friends.. We have monthly potlucks, host touring bands, music video/movie shoots, and other interesting events throughout the year. There's 2 dogs and 5 cats at the moment, and no chickens which is rare! We share the land with turkeys, deer, rabbits, groundhogs, chipmunks, squirrels, coyotes, black snakes (harmless), hawks, crows, bluebirds, cardinals, finches, etc.


    We are lovers of wild edible/medicinal plants and mushrooms. Studying, exploring, and harvesting the natural abundance of our local ecosystem is part of my lifestyle. We encourage everyone who visits to learn some of the incredibly useful common plants.


    The food provided includes what's growing here on the farm as well as whats on the communal shelf that is available to everyone here in which you'll find various grains, beans, teas, oils, and various other snacks.


    Workers are provided with there own private space with comfortable bedding.


    Head lamp, camera, work shoes,


    An 8 minute drive to Burnsville, a little 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 an inspiring place to visit and is near Boone (also very inspiring) .


    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.


    Please include your proposed dates. a bit about yourself, any links you have to your profiles/websites etc. Thanks for your interest!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help


    Projects we need your help with will include helping with the gardens, in the greenhouse, and on carpentry projects.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learning opportunities are abundant here. Topics include: I love sharing knowledge and continually learning about all things plants and sustainability.

    I am a long time juggler and love teaching people how!

    I LOOVVVVEEEE making music and love sharing/collaborating on all things music. I am a long time pianist and guitarist and play many styles of music, particularly jazz, swing, blues, soul, and bluegrass.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    Our helpers are provided with their own private space and comfortable bedding. It will either be a room in the house or a separate tiny house. You will also have full access to the communal spaces and all of the amenities like the kitchen, hot showers, lounge area full of musical instruments (and music lessons if you'd like) high-speed Wi-Fi, the yoga platform/stage.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    Between 12 and 16 hours of work week.

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