Language and cultural exchange at my off-grid homestead in the Appalachian foothills, Vonore, USA



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Hello my name is David,
    I am looking for help on my off grid homestead/farm. The Farm is nested on an Appalachian foothill. Most of the 51 acres is wooded, with clearings for the orchard, greenhouse, vineyard and home. Solar and a wood stove power the house. I do have running water. Living with Mother Nature is the focus.
    Spring months, the focus is on planting, summer harvesting and some weeding, fall is the busiest with muscadine and fruit tree harvest (persimmon, pear, apple, hazelnut). Wine making is in full swing in the fall. Winter I cut a lot of fire wood and thin the forest. The green house, chicken and dog care are all year round. I also tackle many small construction projects all year round.
    I hike daily in the winter and swim daily in the summer. I love to cook for guest and have guest cook also. Board games, movies, many books and a piano are all rainy day activities. I go for coffee and craft beer often.
    I am brand new to Workaway, but maintain 5 star rating with another volunteer website. I like to take time away from the farm to swim in the nearby creeks, hike in the smoky mountains, or see bluegrass music. Wine sampling aids in constantly improving the home made wine. Outings in Knoxville, and East TN also include the weekly farm market, coffee shops, and library to name a few.

    Current projects:
    expand solar, replace rain water catchment, prune vineyard, start a covered back deck, tile bathroom, plaster downstairs, move chickens, bathe dog(s), improve hiking trails, wow that's a lot of stuff! I plan to start doing environmental workshops, and yoga classes soon!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Visitor could learn much about Appalachia, homesteading, farming, off grid living, The Smokey Mountain National Park, Fort Loudon State Park, Cherokee National Forest, Lake Loudon, Citico Creek, Sequoia Birth Place Museum, and Knoxville, Tennessee are all close to the farm. Chattanooga is 2 hours away and so is Ashville, NC. I would be up for short road trips also! I also taught ESL, English as a second language, and would be happy to work with others on improving their English. I would also love to learn another language in the process!

  • Help


    Some of the task include construction, forestry, planting, watering, harvesting, preserving, cooking and eating! Most of the chore are morning activities with time for afternoon excursions. Around 25 hours a week of help would be great!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    One week visits are the norm. Longer stays are possible. Covered deck with a tent and comfy bed provided connected to the main house.

    I like to cook for folks and have guests cook for others. Have some meat, but many vegetarian options. I have even hosted vegans with much success. I love to incorporate food from the farm, some seasonally include pumpkin, sweet potatoes, turmeric, garlic, tomatoes, okra, peppers, and many greens to name a few!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Sequoias birthplace museum, local 1700's English Fort, creeks, lakes, Smoky Mountains, music, live shows, Knoxville Tennessee, Sweat lodges, books, movies, Appalachian culture, hike, bike, swim, play with the chickens!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    You must be able to drive up a hill.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Animals fine, but not in the house.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4.5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 114295727296

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