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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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    Our family has been in the Carolina low-country since the 1670s, and here on this property since 1827. The farm and family have seen many changes throughout the centuries, and is looking to the future!!!

    This is the farm’s 8th year hosting visitors. Forty-one countries represented and over 300 folks volunteering, all have helped make the farm a better place. They have laughed, learned, sweated, grown and eaten some great food. We hope all that those who spend time here will take something positive away with them. Looking forward to another year of great helpers & guests!!!

    An experimental and educational farm, we are working to bring a high level of self-sufficiency here and to share our knowledge with our visitors. We also offer farm-stay/English immersion vacation packages so folks can spend their holiday relaxing on a peaceful farm while improving their language skills.

    Now accepting volunteers for 2018...all months are available....Autumn and winter months are slow times on the farm and the need for volunteers is reduced to no more than 2 persons at a time...Prefer female helpers in spring and summer months.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Attention: prospective volunteers should send me a link to their Facebook profiles and include a current email address so our farm questionnaire can be sent to you.*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️All prospective helpers must agree to the farm rules in the "notes" section of the farm's Facebook page. Leave a comment at the end of the rules that you agree to follow them. Thanks.*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️For folks who wish to learn about farming methods, it would be better for you to apply during the spring and summer months*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️
    ...see ya soon!!!

    Located in the Carolina Lowcountry, on the NC/SC border in the lower coastal plain, the farm is 30 miles NW of Myrtle Beach, SC, just outside a small rural town. I own 120+ acres of mixed pine/hardwood forest and fields, and a large 2-story 1880s farmhouse--the land has been in our family since 1827. Would like to get it back to the level of self-sufficiency of my great-grandparents' day.

    The property has a small pond, an extensive network of trails(several miles), fruit(plum, persimmon, nectarine, loquat, cherry, serviceberry, black currant, dragonfruit, hardy kiwi, apple, peach, pomegranate, pear) and nut(pecan, chestnut, hazelnut)trees, grapevines, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, vegetable and flower gardens, a dog(Snoddy Dawg!), friendly barn cats, poultry(Chickens, geese, ducks, guineas, turkeys, bantams), lots of wildlife, as well as a zone 8 growing season(4 season garden).

    Current projects include organic raised bed & field mixed veg gardening, mixed flower and herb(edible & medicinal) gardens, experimental crops, high tunnel, straw bale & traditional cold frames, exotic plants-ethnobotany, permaculture, mycoculture, wildcrafting, hugelkultur, drainage projects/ditching, trail clearing and construction, pallet and bamboo construction, remodeling the 1880s farm house, pecan, blueberry, blackberry and grape harvesting, chickens, geese, guineas, landscaping, composting and a small nursery. Open to trying any new ideas, and always have something going on. Times when we really need volunteers(from 3-8 people) are during the spring & summer season when things are the busiest. I accept folks during the off-season, but in limited numbers(2-3). Volunteers will mainly work in the garden and around the homestead.

    I have a library of 6k+ volumes, covering a myriad of topics, plus most friends refer to me as a walking encyclopedia. An old hippie (502yo) from the Rainbow Family, I moved back to the Carolinas to run the farm and help my mom who has Alzheimer's. My children are now adults--one son spends most of the summer with me on the farm, the others are on their life journeys--and I'm currently single. Now learning a new way of life due a laryngectomy, I look forward to this challenge and still having a load of helpful folks to teach and to learn from.

    Still in the beginning stages of reshaping the property to self-sufficiency after a couple of decades of neglect. The farm contains a quail habitat conservation area, as well as Prince Bay, one of the many Carolina Bays that dot the southern coastal plain, a truly unique ecosystem.

    >>>*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Helpers must have a completed profile and a photo posted prior to contacting me.
    Please send links to your Facebook profiles for each person wishing to volunteer.
    If several people are wanting to help here together, do the same for each person.
    Volunteers are accepted on a first come/first serve basis--if you delay on responding once contact is made, you may lose the time slot you request. Volunteers are not considered confirmed until I receive their travel itinerary showing that tickets have been purchased for travel to the farm. Last year, 30 people signed up by the end of Feb. for the summer--all failed to show up, leaving me short-handed in my busiest season.
    When writing as to availability of positions, include the dates you wish to help on the farm and your mode of transportation to get here. Keep this in mind when you contact me for a position.

    A questionnaire will be sent to all prospective volunteers--include the word "enlightenment" in your request to show you took the time to read my complete profile. US helpers: please include your phone number and best time to reach you.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Looking for helpers wanting to learn as well as helping out, 2 week minimum. If you contact me for a long-term stay, please follow through. Long-term stays are preferable during the slow months. For long-term helpers, I will sit down with you after a week to discuss how things are working out.>
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️I am an omnivore, thus volunteers can eat what I eat or provide for themselves. Vegetables compose the majority of what i cook, but sometimes it’s one dish meals with meat.
    Will accept folks with food allergies/special diets(veggie, vegan, lactose intolerant, paleo, all-organic/all-natural, etc) as long as you supply your own food. We make ice cream in a churn.
    If someone with dietary restrictions wants to come here, that is fine with us but we can not alter our eating habits to suit someone else, nor buy special foods for you. It ain’t going to kill ya try it. If it does, what a helluva ride!
    Facilities will be provided for you to prepare your own food if you have a special diet. Skittles, Dorito’s, nut milk, Bragg’s, soda, etc: these are the types of things you would need to provide for yourself.
    If you prefer all-natural foods, all-organic, etc, be sure to bring plenty with you. Especially when it it’s not growing on the farm. Self-sufficiency isn’t expecting availability of everything all the time. We eat farm fresh in season, and always preserve part of harvest for rest of year. We recognize the limits of the seasons and the joys of abundance all year.
    Btw, I buy my groceries at a normal supermarket, but all farm produce is organic. *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️No alcohol allowed on farm--non-negotiable.*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project

  • Help


    general help around homestead and garden.
    Current projects include organic raised bed & field mixed veg gardening, mixed flower and herb(edible & medicinal) gardens, mycoculture, straw bale & traditional cold frames, exotic plants-ethnobotany, permaculture, wildcrafting, drainage projects/ditching, trail clearing and construction, pallet and bamboo construction, remodeling the 1880s farm house, pecan, blueberry and grape harvesting, chickens, geese, landscaping, composting and a small nursery. Open to trying any new ideas, and always have something going on.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    My friends call me 'nikipedia' for the vast wealth of knowledge I love to share. I am a scholar of history and a myriad of other topics. I have extensive knowledge of my home region and love to share its wonders. I enjoy hosting international volunteers and helping people improve their English skills. Guests will learn about organic, sustainable farming methods & self-sufficiency, as well as anything else that they care to inquire about. My library is extensive with thousands of books available to guests. The farm acts as an English language immersion experience as well.

    International helpers: Part of the experience is a cultural exchange, which includes sharing native cuisine of your host. You will be eating a variety of American and International dishes on the farm. If you come here expecting to eat like you do at home, then you will miss out on many tasty treats.*️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    2 bedrooms in house, 2 rustic bunkhouses, plenty of room for tent camping and vehicle camping

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    For people without their own means of transportation: to get to the farm-->nearest airport-Myrtle Beach, SC--nearest bus/train station-Dillon, SC. If you pay for my gas, I can arrange pick up and travel to the farm ONLY from Myrtle Beach or Dillon--thanks.

    Downtown Tabor City is about a 15 minute walk from the farm--a few stores and small restaurants, but that is about it, not much to do or see. The farm is in a rural area, which means helpers should realize the pace of life is slower and relaxing. Walks in the forest, making hand-churned ice cream, sitting in the hammock chairs on the upstairs veranda, lazy afternoon naps, campfires & 'smores in the evening, shooting lessons, movie marathons are some of the recreational activities after work.
    There are books, DVDs, games, music & conversation for entertainment. I try to plan outings to show helpers the region around the farm. Just don't expect shopping trips/guided tours every afternoon, or wild parties every evening. I speak English and Geordie.
    I have recently quit smoking tobacco. So, consult with me about tobacco use while on the farm. No cigars/blunts in house.

    Myrtle Beach, SC--the Grand Strand--is just down the road and is a huge tourist destination with almost everything imaginable thing you could want to do available. Lake Waccamaw and several rivers are also a short distance away.

    International(non-US) volunteers are responsible for acquiring the proper visas for US travel. I will NOT help you get a US visa in any way!

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Do NOT contact me for a position if you have ANYTHING pending in your life for the same time period that you wish to volunteer, especially if it is something more important than honoring your word. Thanks

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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