Help with gardening and animal care on our homestead in a little slice of Asheville heaven, North Carolina USA


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    We are a fun group of nature loving friends in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville NC, with lots of creative enthusiasm in building a small environmentally conscious farm. With a menagerie of animals such as aging horses, chickens, cat and an exuberant dog, the work of maintaining the gardens, pastures and buildings is never-ending.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    Asheville is a diverse community of entrepreneurs, outdoor enthusiasts, tourists and eccentric people who enjoy good food and drink! Asheville is a named beer city USA, with a plethora of craft breweries, amazing dining experiences, hiking and biking galore. Anybody who visits this city, will feel inspired by the magic that exists in these ancient Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • Help


    Spring: weeding and seeding pastures, clearing rocks and sticks; preparing soil for vegetable planting, starting seedlings, planting seeds; flower garden clean-up and general yard maintenance; barn clean-up; chicken coop clean-up; occasionally move chicken coop and pen area; horse hygiene care and other duties as assigned :)

    Summer: lots of garden weeding and maintenance; vegetable picking and delivery to local food bank; grass mowing; fence mending, put up hay

    Fall: Harvesting the gardens and canning the good, drying herbs, seed saving, preparing
    Winter: horse and stall care, feeding and watering

    Building: renovation of a workshop

    Pond restoration! Would like to get the pond back to an eco friendly and natural habitat.

    Are you an expert in water and erosion? The mountain is always in need of care--from digging trenches to planting to got ideas?--to keep water from filling up basement.

    Self motivation is key, as well as working together!

    **Bonus: Have you read Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer? An amazing read for any homesteader!

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We offer a private room in the barn with a bathroom, small kitchenette, full-sized bed and a couch for second guest.
    *️️️️️️*️️️️️️Full disclosure: it is a barn and critters abound, including roosters and chickens. And bear! While they are not in your room, you do need to keep your room tidy, free of food particles and store all food in proper containers.

    Meals: breakfast and lunch are on your own to fix; eggs and veggies are readily available. We eat a mostly plant based organic diet, occasionally meat too, and we can cook and clean up together with ingredients provided.

    Please be considerate of others, and tidy
    • We maintain a healthy, smoke-free environment on the farm.
    • Due to chemical sensitivities, we ask you to refrain from using perfumed products (including laundry detergent)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The area is full of wonderful activities to partake of: local artists around town, music everywhere, local shops, Biltmore mansion, mountain activities, the arboretum, river activities, dining out, breweries. The Blue Ridge Parkway is nearby for hiking and biking.

    There is a local bus stop within walking distance of my house to take you into town, a mere 3 miles away. I have one or two bikes to loan out. Uber/Lyft are readily available from my house and town. I can always drop off into on my many errand runs.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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