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Our place is very private and quiet. It has been said “It’s absolutely fantastic; the buildings are snug and wonderful, this homestead is a perfect little rustic hideaway in the Appalachian mountains." Need early risers, have an inner enjoyment of nature, enjoys rustic living. Our place has 21 wooded acres and 3 cleared acres.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Workawayers can learn more about rural living, what is required at a homestead, how to grow and preserve your own food, beekeeping, . Workawayers will also experience the beauty of the mountains of West Virginia. We go on sightseeing excursions in our free time.
mow grass, cut weeds, helping with honeybees, general upkeep, feed/water cats, & dogs. Plant perennial flowers. Plant garden vegetables then weed, cultivate, harvest & home-can vegetables (gardening April to fall frost). Water garden and fruit trees in dry periods. There are ongoing building projects of all kinds. Subject to change. Help is done according to priority & situation at the time. A typical day might include all or limited aspects of the above. Hours of help per day are 5 and is negotiable.
Ongoing bucket wish list projects for now and years to come *️️️️️️️️️️ Build bird houses with pieces of accumulated lumber. *️️️️️️️️️️Build a dry stack rock wall from 150-year-old cut foundation rock.
There are 3 cabins and all are original one of a kind.
* The guest cabin is VERY small and rustic and unique with hardwood floors throughout. The cabin is very small and cozy, with steps going up to a covered porch. There is a VERY small study/sitting room. The VERY small kitchenette has a dormitory refrigerator, hotplate, microwave, toaster oven and all utensils. We also provide food for your cabin. The bathroom has a tub with shower, sink, and toilet. There is a ladder going to an EXTRA small sleeping loft which sleeps one person. This cabin is used during warm weather only. From April thru September and sometimes early October depends on the weather.
* There also is a private upstairs room with an outside door. There is a kitchenette and food provided. Bath facilities will be shared in host cabin and/or the guest cabin in warm weather.
We share the garden vegetables and meat. We enjoy cooking and you are welcome to eat your meals with us, or you may fix your own. If you enjoy cooking you are welcome to share your creations with us. We can not accommodate some diets
We share the land line phone. Bring your computer and you can use Wi-Fi. Will pick you up at the bus station, Amtrak train station, or you can use your auto.
There is an area which we use for campfires in the evening. We usually sit around & talk & eat s’mores etc.
Reliable & self-motivated. Mechanical aptitude & carpentry knowledge a plus. Experience with animal husbandry & homesteading practices a plus. We seek people sufficiently interested in homesteading. Lets read, think & talk - this helps to improve the homestead, which requires patience, teamwork, cooperative and communication skills. Need helpers who like being early risers, have an inner enjoyment of nature, enjoys rustic living. Smoking & drinking are not permitted. We meet regularly in which everyone is expected to participate; this is a great opportunity to learn. By email include when you are available, previous work experience, references, interests, skills, aspirations as helper & any additional pertinent information.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hours per day 5 days a week