Land maintenance, North Carolina, USA


United States

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  • Description


    We are located in a remote forest in the Appalachian Mountain region of North Carolina. We have a dog, eight cats, four Koi, seven chickens, and a rooster. We do our best to be an example of sustainability through Permaculture principles, earthen building, composting, recycling, and more.

    In preparing for a 2019 expansion to include a small retreat center and foster care home for children of abuse by neglect, we need motivated volunteers to help with creating and maintaining trails and gardens, starting some seedlings, clearing our creek of debris, building a couple of yoga decks along the creek, digging up some small saplings, house cleaning, using the log splitter to split wood, putting a new roof on chicken coop, animal care, and we will be creating a root cellar made of earthbags/earth materials as the weather permits.

    We also need someone with computer experience to help with building a website. Those with experience in creating a nonprofit are also appreciated.

    Our forest/space is 100% Smoke and Drug Free.

    During your off hours/days, there are many beautiful hikes right here and nearby and opportunities for mountain biking, if you have your own bike. The closest town, West Jefferson, is a 10-minute drive and offers restaurants, shops, two lounge/ small movie theaters, and Boone is a 25 minute drive from us. The River Girl Fishing Company offers tubing, fly fishing, and kayaking- 10 minutes away.

    We look forward to hearing from you.



  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You can read the testimonials that may help to give you a better picture of what they learned. It is different for everyone, and what they learn usually is more about themselves through being in touch with nature and gaining confidence through the work/various projects.

  • Help


    Some of the help you may find yourself doing: garden tasks - weeding, planting, harvesting; cleaning up the grounds and cabin; carpentry; clearing trails; caring for the animals (definitely needed!); spontaneous projects; composting, and so much more. There is an endless list of projects/tasks to do around here. We will discuss your skills and do our best to match them with our needs.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Our one-room cottage has one set of cozy home made bunk beds from locust trees off the property, a king size bed, chest of drawers, a kitchenette, and a bath house with two dry toilets . You will have a shared bath/shower in the main cabin during the Winter months.

    Food is provided for you in the cottage, and dinners are shared in the main cabin twice a week.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is a shuttle from the airport into Boone called Hickory Hop. We can pick you up at their drop off location (Enterprise) in Boone. There is also a Greyhound service that will drop you off in Boone where we can pick you up. If you have your own car or a rental, even better for you to get around.

    Within 10 minutes of us is The River Girl Fishing Company where you can tube, kayak, and/or fish on the oldest river...oddly called The New River. We live about 11 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance, and there are plenty of hiking trails nearby such as Elk Knob State Park and Grandfather Mountain as well as right here on and around our property. We are about 25 minutes from Boone and 40 minutes from the quaint village called Blowing Rock. Grandfather Mountain offers beautiful scenery, as does the Linville Gorge (both about a 45 minute drive). Our closest town, West Jefferson, is a 10-minute drive. There is plenty to see and experience, and everyone is very friendly. Neighborhood Yoga in Boone offers many amazing yoga classes, and there are nice shops/restaurants along famous King Street where this yoga studio resides.

    We provide internet/wifi service. Cell phone service inside cabins is not always reliable, depending on your particular service; so you may need to communicate with friends and family via internet.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day 5 days a week

Chicken coop next to Koi pond
Walking trail through forest property
Community Fire Pit
Lulu, the youngest of four dogs- greyhound and lab mix
Mountain Laurel Cottage accommodation for four
Kitchenette in cottage
Outdoor bath house
Issie- hound dog; Stella- beagle
Sunrise over the mountain
Simon, the rooster, and Beatrix, one of seven hens
Mountain Laurel Cottage porch
Main Cabin
Front of main cabin

Host ref number: 617457516344