Come experience homesteading in the magical mountains of Asheville, North Carolina USA

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  • Description

    Description

    I have a small farm in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The garden has always been my passion and teacher, and landing myself on these 6 acres to take on horses, water issues, invasives and endless bug mysteries, has been an eye opening experience to say the least! After watching Kiss the Ground, I am inspired to try regenerative farming techniques to get my soil back in tip top shape and to help alleviate some water run off issues, fingers crossed.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • 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

    Help

    Every year things change around the farm as we learn and grow about permaculture. We have studied, to name a few: Ruth Stout growing methods (no till), the Garden of Eden method, hugelkultur, humanure, and this year, more focus on cover crops and regenerative farming. I enjoy hearing what you have learned as much as I enjoy offering you ideas.

    Here are some things that happen yearly:
    • Planting more natives: trees of all sorts, shrubs and things that the pollinators thrive on.
    • Plucking out the invasive plants which can be tiresome and boring and endless!

    Spring:
    Pastures: weeding and seeding, clearing rocks and sticks, working with cover crops
    Vegetable garden: preparing soil for vegetable planting, starting seedlings, planting seeds
    Flower gardens: dead heading, clean-up and general yard maintenance
    Animals: barn clean-up, chicken coop clean-up, horse hygiene/care, picking up horse manure for composting
    Composting: picking up grounds from local coffee shop, mixing, blending, moving, making compost tea

    Summer: lots of garden weeding and maintenance, picking vegetables, grass mowing, fence mending, putting up hay for horses

    Fall: harvesting the gardens and canning the goods, drying herbs, seed saving, preparing beds for winter, picking up bagged leaves for the winter chicken coop (and compost)

    Winter: horse and stall care, feeding and watering

    Building: renovation of a workshop; small building projects that come up; perhaps build a duck house in the near future; bird houses

    Pond restoration: planting for the pollinators; removing the never-ending water shield plant

    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!
    And Kiss the Ground for all your regenerative farming ideas.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    My workaway space is a three season workshop within 50 feet of the main house with a small outfitted kitchen. It's rustic and cozy. In the cooler weather, the heat source is a wood stove. Is this something you have been exposed to before?

    Critters abound around this farm. Think mice, rats, snakes, bear. While they are hopefully not in your room--well, no guarantees really... i have busted a mouse or two--you do need to keep your space tidy, free of food particles and store all food in proper containers... the containers are provided.

    Meals: breakfast and lunch are on your own to fix. In season, eggs and veggies are readily available and for you to partake of. I eat a mostly plant based organic diet, occasionally meat too, and we can cook and clean up together for supper with ingredients provided. There are nights I go out... and let you fend for yourself.

    I enjoy private time as much as social time. Please feel free to do what you need to do.

    Please be considerate of others and tidy
    • I maintain a healthy, smoke-free environment on the farm.
    • Due to chemical sensitivities, I 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.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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

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