We're a music and arts retreat/homestead nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains founded in 2012. We host artist residents, bands, travelers, and farm interns year round. Our lifestyle fuses music, art, and community with nature and living sustainably.
This 67 acre haven is quite amazing with many rolling green pastures, forests, streams, wildlife, breathtaking long range mountain views, and over 60 mature fruit and nut trees: apple, black walnut, cherry, and chestnut.. We especially love perennials, and are growing large amounts of apples, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, asparagus, herbs, flowers and newly planted trees.
So far the livable structures include the main house which is a cozy five bedroom with a musical common area, 3 tiny houses, a solar powered music studio/cabin, another sweet solar powered cabin, a subterranean greenhouse, a big artsy bus.
Depending on the time of year, there are usually between 8-16 people , most of which are artist/musicians doing residencies here, 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, and other interesting events throughout the year. We have 7 ducks, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and some chickens. We share the land with turkeys, deer, rabbits, groundhogs, chipmunks, squirrels, bobcats, coyotes, bears, black snakes (harmless), hawks, crows, bluebirds, cardinals, finches, etc.
We need helpers year round!
We are lovers of wild edible/medicinal plants and mushrooms. Studying, exploring, and harvesting the natural abundance of the Blue Ridge Mountains is common practice here. We encourage everyone who visits to learn some of the incredibly useful common plants.
Our food situation is unique, please read carefully.
The only food that we provide is what's growing here on the farm, (which is quite a lot except during Winter), but we do not buy food for helpers. However, we do provide lunch for helpers on every workday.
Also there is large communal shelf in our pantry that is available to everyone in which you'll find various food items, teas, etc.
From May through October we have a diverse selection of greens, veggies, fruits, mushrooms, herbs.
Also, there is always an abundant spread of wild edible plants and mushrooms throughout the forest that we will introduce you to!
Depending on camping although if we have an open indoor space they are welcome to it. But all of the indoor spaces are first and foremost for artist residents which rent the space for cheap and then work on their own creative projects!
WHAT TO BRING
Gloves, water bottle, towel, linens, toiletries, camera, work shoes or boots,
Only 8 minutes by car is Burnsville, a small 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 the Grand Canyon of the East and is about an hour away.
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.
Tell us about include your proposed dates of coming, a bit about yourself, ambitions, skills, etc., and if possible please include a link to your facebook page or couchsurfing profile.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Projects we need your help with will likely include planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, mulching, fertilizing, digging, building, tending to animals, hoeing, moving things around, tending to chickens and pig, cooking, cleaning, organizing, painting, running farmers market stands, creating, singing, dancing, teaching, writing, and anything else you'd like to help with.
Our helpers are provided with either a room or a beautiful campsite (dependent on availability) and access to the communal spaces and all of the amenities like the kitchen, hot showers, lounge area full of musical instruments (and music lessons) high-speed Wi-Fi, the yoga platform/stage.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Learning opportunities are abundant here. Topics include: Wild plant and mushroom identification, sustainable farming practices, music skills, carpentry skills and juggling lessons :)
16 hours a week. 4 hours a day 4 days a week.
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