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Help us with farm, garden, forest and other projects in Western North Carolina, USA

  • USA
  • Bisher 187 mal gespeichert
  • Letzte Aktivität: 22 März 2023



 Geforderte Mindest-Aufenthaltsdauer:  mindestens 1 Woche



  • Beschreibung



    Hi everyone! My name is Bri and I am very excited about all things local- local food, local materials, local energy, local economy, local community. 2 years ago, my mother and I bought 54 acres of lush Appalachian mountain land an hour outside of Asheville that had previously been farmed for 3 generations since the early 1900’s with cattle, tomatoes, corn, tobacco and hay. Most of the open cropland has now been newly reforested, yet some old barns, outbuildings and a farmhouse still remain tucked between the trees. There are multiple streams originating on the property and a larger river running across the bottom border. There are many old interconnecting logging roads around the property.

    I now live with my partner, Alex, our border collie sheepdog, Beau, and mousing(ish) cat, Maisie. My mother lives in the nearest town and plans to build her own home on this land in the near future.

    My homesteading goal is to provide the majority of our food and energy/fuel within the next 10 years. We are in the beginning stages of installing native orchards as well as a silvopasture system (livestock + trees) with more traditional fruits and nuts alongside our sheep, bees and chickens. I also am beginning to experiment with growing corn, grain, squash and beans in the pasture. We are operating a no-till system (so no tractors or plows) which equates to more manual (but diverse) labor and a finesse for cooperating with nature.

    My mom and I spent most of the first year here converting the old 1930’s farmhouse into a livable space, where we installed 3 different wood stoves (one to heat the house, one to heat water and one to cook on), plumbed our house with gravity-fed spring water, and created a composting toilet system. Last year, we built a dignified chicken coop for our 18 layers (we sell eggs to neighbors and friends), started our flock of wool and dairy sheep, expanded our garden, and began to prep the pasture for both annual and perennial crops. This year, we pasture raised 30 meat chickens, welcomed 2 beehives and upgraded a barn into a cozy 3 season apartment for guests.

    The running to-do list includes keeping up the garden (and processing our harvests), tending to our flock of sheep, clearing and managing our forestland, investing sweat now towards heat for the winter (in firewood processing), and improving on our larger crops of grains, corn, beans and squash. I should note that there are a million and one other tasks and fun projects in between all of that!

    Endless opportunity to learn and discover!

  • Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
    Betreuung von Tieren
    Mithilfe auf einem Bauernhof
    Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
  • UNO-Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung, die dieser Gastgeber verfolgt

    UNO-Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung, die dieser Gastgeber verfolgt

    Keine Armut
    Kein Hunger
    Gesundheit und Wohlergehen
    Hochwertige Bildung
    Sauberes Wasser und Sanitärversorgung
    Bezahlbare und saubere Energie
    Menschenwürdige Arbeit und Wirtschaftswachstum
    Industrie, Innovation und Infrastruktur
    Weniger Ungleichheiten
    Nachhaltige Städte und Gemeinden
    Nachhaltige Konsum- und Produktionsmuster sicherstellen
    Maßnahmen zum Klimaschutz
    Leben unter Wasser
    Leben an Land
    Frieden, Gerechtigkeit und starke Institutionen
    Partnerschaften zur Erreichung der Ziele
  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    We can share our homesteading and farming knowledge as well as expose workawayers to the Appalachian folk culture that surrounds us. Bluegrass music is huge here, especially in our small town of Marshall (35 minutes away) where, under normal circumstances, there is live music 3 times a week. Our neighbor is also an old time farmer, born and raised on our road, and is always eager to have someone to listen to his stories of the old days- it’s one of our forms of free entertainment here. There is also the progressive culture of Asheville not too far away, and always unique and interesting things to explore in the city.

  • Arbeit


    We have construction, animal husbandry, gardening and food processing projects which are ongoing through the warm season. Trail clearing of overgrown flora and stray trash is helpful year round! Firewood processing also takes up a large part of the spring and fall. We will have more projects accumulate as the farm expands!

  • Sprachen

    Gesprochene Sprachen
    Englisch: Fließend
    Spanisch: Gute Kenntnisse
    Französisch: Gute Kenntnisse

    Dieser Gastgeber bietet Sprachaustausch an
    Both Alex and I have a diverse background in language. He speaks Russian, Italian and Spanish (he is a middle school Spanish teacher). I speak French, Spanish and some Thai and Indonesian. We love languages and enjoy expanding our minds through using them!

  • Unterkunft


    We just finished renovating one of our barns into a 3 season studio apartment with a potable spring water fed sink and kitchenette, a composting toilet, and a cozy living room, dining room and bedroom setup. A wood-heated shower (the shower is attached to our house with a separate entry way) is also available to use as well as a washing machine. There is no heating system in the barn.

    We both enjoy cooking and look forward to sharing dinners together after work days (usually rice and beans, pasta, or some grain, occasionally meat, always with a vegetable or two) and will stock the kitchenette with all the essentials for the rest of the meals.

    It’s rusty but cozy!

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    Exploring the forests behind the house is a treasure we greatly appreciate and try to utilize as often as possible. The Pisgah National Forests surrounds us with trails, lookouts and scenic drives. The town of Hot Springs, which the Appalachian Trail passes through, is 30 minutes drive away. Our town of Marshall hosts music weekly, an outside farmers market and small tourist shops. The French Broad River is 15 minutes away with one of the most popular launches for whitewater rafting. The city of Asheville is an hour away and always has events and shows. Having transportation is required to get around, since we are at the end of a 7 mile road, in rural countryside. We also currently have limited WiFi, but fiber optic is on its way!

  • Etwas mehr Information

    Etwas mehr Information

    • Internet Zugang

    • Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

      Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

    • Wir besitzen Tiere

    • Wir sind Raucher

    • Familien möglich

  • Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    We have limited flat ground on this property (as we live in the mountains) and cannot accommodate trailer-style housing. Vans and motorhomes are okay!

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal


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    25 hours per week, 2 days off

Gastgeber Ref-Nr.: 557629797616

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