Hello! Please, just call me 'Lee'. My family and I live in a small town known as Cheongyang, which is 2 hours south of Seoul. Many people within this town own farms; my family runs an organic chestnut farm. The planting of new trees and pruning time takes place from February to March. In the months following, we tend to the farm which includes watering the plants, cutting tall grass, and pulling bad weeds. We then harvest the chestnuts from the middle of September to the middle or end of October. During the winter, we mostly collect firewood and wait for the warmer weather.
Travellers will benefit from free accomodation, free food, and some Korean language learning if desired. Besides learning about the farming culture in Korea, travellers will also enjoy some of the many local cultural sites, museums, temples hikes, market trips, and possible beach trips as well.
The help required here is mostly regarding the gardening and farming needs as mentioned in the previous section (pruning trees; removing unwanted trees, weeds, and grass; planting new trees and crops; harvesting chestnuts and removing them from their shells; cutting firewood; etc.). Since this is an organic farm, we do not use chemicals for killing the plants. So, these jobs are all done manually with a shovel, hoe, rake, or with a machine such as a chainsaw. You will never need to operate a machine but should be able to use the other gardening/farming tools. There will rarely be heavy lifting involved and if you are not able to help with heavy lifting, there is no problem.
In our home we have 2 extra rooms. One room has a private bathroom attached. The other room uses a shared bathroom. The sleeping area is on a padded surface on the floor. Blankets and pillows are provided and so are towels and laundry machine is available. Two meals are provided every day (lunch and dinner). For breakfast, you can prepare a meal for yourself in the kitchen. There is open access to the refrigerator and grocery items. But please let me know what you take so I will know what to buy at the grocery store.
Bus from Seoul or Busan to: Cheongyang Bus Terminal
City bus which takes you into town is a 5 minute walk from my home.
Baekje Historical Museum
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week