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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." Need early-risers, have an inner enjoyment of nature, enjoys rustic living. Our place has 21 wooded acres and 3 cleared acres.
Appalachian Trail Walker may come take a down time. Will pick you up at Pearisburg, Virginia or make a special arrangement for pickup at a nearby hostel.
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, 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, honey bees, general upkeep, feed/water cats, & dogs. Help with additional fencing, animal shelter, and other related care. Plant perennial flowers, garden vegetables then weed, cultivate, harvest & home-can vegetables (gardening April to fall frost). Water 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. *️️️️️️️️️️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 which faces south. 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 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. From April thru September and sometimes early October depends on the.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 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
Can host families
5 hours per day 5 days a week