Help a family with disabilities to maintain a 5 acre homestead in Savannah, GA and improve a tiny farm on a bridgeless Island.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Anytime two strangers interact, there is an opportunity for cultural exchange. Here in Savannah we provide history and culture of the English and Spanish settlement of SE coastal USA, and Georgia's pirate past. We also offer hands on experience in the US efforts to develop sustainable agriculture and living. We will tell you stories of our travels and lives and hope you will do the same. My husband is diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and has a progressive neurological disorder and hearing loss, so we do things quite differently here. I am happy to answer questions about how different and difficult it is to live in this way.
There is a wide choice of activities we can include you in dependent on the weather, the season, your interests and your skills. Since we are looking for summer guests, I will tell you about my summer schedule, which I would ask you to be involved in. Currently all my beds at the Savannah homestead are full with housemates, but this summer everyone is graduating school or retiring from work, and the house should empty out.
Summer is a busy time here. Last summer I gardened for several hours in the morning until the heat drove me indoors, where I washed, sorted, and bagged, or hung to dry all the food I harvested, This year I filled both my freezers and then learned to can. When I did not have time for that, I took my excess to two charities that provide food for addicts in recovery, and who provide fresh foods in food desert neighborhoods. Over the winter I sat by our kitchen fire place with the herbs I hung during harvest and stripped the branches in order to package and shelf the leaves. We are also eating our way through the freezers of food and the pantry full of jars I filled. It is so satisfying a way to live.
On my two days off each week, I take a boat out to the tiny farm I bought this summer on a bridgeless Island. The commute is an hour on the intracoastal waterway where dolphins play and eagles soar and ospreys fish. On the island I volunteer for the community farm and help care for an 80 year old adopted mom, who is responding to a health crisis with a change to a vegan diet. The beach on my little island is one of my favorite spots. I also enjoy mushroom hunting after prolonged rains. I picked and processed a lions mane as big as my head last week. Lions mane is a useful food for people with neurological issues which both my husband and I live with. I keep bicycles on the island and enjoy exploring the many small dirt lanes that criss cross the undeveloped forests.
We have hired a landscape architect to do a sustainable design for our five acres, and a local architect to design our new heated water therapy room. The design phase has begun, and we may be in the construction phase of the water therapy house by the time summer arrives. It has been a slow process of transforming our home into something sustainable and self supporting.
English and Japanese
Our Savannah home has several bedrooms and bathrooms which we may ask you to share with other guests. Our tiny farm has tiny buildings with small bedrooms and one bathroom. There is also a travel trailer that has a queen bed, a kitchenette, a humanure toilet system and an outdoor shower.
We do not host people who use tobacco products of any kind or who consume excessive amounts of alcohol. Absolutely no illegal activity, such as marijuana possession, cell phone use while driving, drinking and driving, child porn.
We are early to bed, early to rise, so you will also need to do the same.
It is a rare pet owner who fits in here. It has been done successfully, but it has also been a disaster, with trusted family pets rushing the door to chase my cats, or pulling free of a leash to maul my chickens.
Savannah is a city rich in history and the arts. Our downtown historic district draws 13 plus million visitors a year. Twice a week I boat out to an Island that is home to an ancient Gullah community. Personally I grow heritage breed animals and plants. In your free time there are beaches, running and boating trails, hiking through state parks, fishing, bicycling, libraries, museums, tours, the list is almost endless.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
It varies, but no more than 5 hours per day.