We are a mother-daughter team (Alison and Bri, respectively) who recently bought 54 acres of luscious Appalachian mountain land an hour outside of Asheville that had been previously farmed for 3 generations since the early 1900’s with cattle, tomatoes, corn, tobacco and hay. Most of the cropland has now been reforested, yet some old barns, outhouses 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. We plan to homestead with the goal of providing the majority of our food, medicine and fuel within the next 10 years. We are in the beginning stages of installing native fruit and nut orchards as well as a silvopasture system with fruits and nuts along with sheep and pigs. In the coming years, we plan to dry and sell fruit and nuts in our local economy, and will employ locals for the strictly business operations- we are interested in workaways to come help with the homesteading projects. Currently we are renovating and winterizing the old farmhouse with alternative infrastructure (composting toilet, wood stove, gravity-fed spring water plumbing and hydroelectricity). We have chickens and a mousing cat, and will be adopting a herding dog this winter in preparation for the livestock coming next spring. We have a small vegetable garden where we supplement our diet with copious amounts of zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs. Next year we plan on rotational grazing and experimenting with different grain crops. Lots to learn and discover!
Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
Mithilfe auf einem Bauernhof
Betreuung von Tieren
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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.
We have many construction projects high on our priority list (building a chicken coop, installing fencing around the vegetable garden, fixing up the root cellar) as well as renovations on the farmhouse (renovating the bathroom into a shower sauna, painting walls, patching up holes for winter). Gardening and expanding our vegetable garden is an ongoing project, we plant a new bed of root vegetables (carrots, beets, turnips) every other week, harvesting and processing food (we will be getting winter squash, corn and a bunch of tomatoes soon which we are going to can). Trail clearing of overgrown flora and stray trash is always helpful. We will have more projects and maintenance tasks accumulate as the farm expands!
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We have 2 private guest bedrooms in the farmhouse with full size beds. Running potable spring water and a composting toilet. We currently have an electric stove and bbq that we cook with, but plan on buying a wood cooking stove for the winter. Kitchen is still under renovation but functional. We will provide food for 3 meals a day (usually rice and beans, pasta, or some grain, occasionally meat, always with a vegetable or two) and enjoy sharing cooking responsibilities and recipes! Breakfasts are pretty casual, usually homemade yogurt, banana pancakes or eggs and homemade sourdough flatbread. It’s cozy but rustic!
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 don’t have WiFi, and most cell phone providers don’t reach our house since we are in a valley- we can drive 5 minutes up the ridge and get great service though, and so we go up every few days to check in with the outside world.
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Wir besitzen Tiere
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20 hours per week, 2 days off