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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 mountains." If you enjoy camping or glamping you will like it here. Need early-risers, have an inner enjoyment of nature, enjoys rustic living. Our place has 21 wooded acres and 3 cleared acres.
We practice sustainable homesteading , self-sufficiency and try to be organic as possible.
Appalachian Trail Walker may come take a week or two down time. Will pick you up at Pearisburg, Virginia or make a special arrangement for pickup at a nearby hostel.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Workawayers can learn more about rural living, what is required at a homestead, how to grow and preserve your own food, beekeeping, and animal care. Workawayers will also experience the beauty of the mountains of West Virginia. We go on sightseeing excursions in our free time.
Some things which you might help us do: mow grass, cut weeds, helping with chickens, ducks, honey bees, general upkeep, feed/water cats, & dogs. Help with horse & with additional fencing, shelter, and other related care. Plant perennial flowers, medicinal, edible, healing herbs, garden vegetables then weed, cultivate, harvest & home-can vegetables (gardening April to fall frost). Water young fruit trees in dry periods. There are ongoing building constructions 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 project list for now and years to come: *️️️️️️️️️️Finish a green house - attach frame to treated 4x4 into ground to stabilize, do what else in necessary, cover with plastic. *️️️️️️️️️️ Build bird houses with pieces of accumulated lumber. *️️️️️️️️️️Interested in extra-small solar panels up to 100W. *️️️️️️️️️️Interested in our horse pulling extra-light plow & a 2-wheeled cart using harness. We don't have cart yet. *️️️️️️️️️️Build a dry stack rock wall from 150 year old cut foundation rock.
There are 3 rustic cabins that are natural in color and texture, 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 small and cozy, with steps going up to a covered porch. There is a small study/sitting room which faces south for passive solar heat when needed. The 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 composting toilet. There is a ladder going to an extra small sleeping loft which sleeps 1 person. This cabin is used during warm weather only. There is a cellar below.
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 share the land-line phone. Bring your PC 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 & sustainable homesteading practices a plus. We seek people sufficiently interested in sustainable homesteading & self-sufficiency. 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
5 hours per day 5 days a week