Our place is set in a beautiful wooded valley in southern Indiana,surrounded by the Hoosier National forest; so our place is a magical place, with lots of trees, birds, wildlife and natural beauty. We cherish nature here and give gratitude every day to Mother Earth. It is remote and isolated, with the nearest neighbor about a mile away. The closest small town with a convenience/gas store is 7 miles. To enter the property, a ford across a small stream, the Patoka River, must be crossed, or, if the water is up, a footbridge is available. It is extremely quiet, tranquil and peaceful here. We are located 48 miles west of Louisville, KY. Wi-Fi is available and the feed is via unlimited optic fiber.
We are a wife and husband who grow vegetables for personal consumption, and we freeze, dehydrate, sun dry and can for our own use and donate the excess. We do mapling during the season and manage our forest without timbering. For 5 years we have been planting crops specifically to feed the wildlife, with a mindset as a wildlife sanctuary for all who want to come and partake. There are no fences, cages, pens or chains/ropes for the creatures, except fences around the small vegetable gardens to keep hungry critters out. A 3.5 acre plot along the river is becoming a pollinator plot with at least 9 different types of native wildflowers.
Currently, the skills most needed are gardening and food processing and preservation, house work and organizing, handyman skills, cooking, equipment operation and lots of various activities for living with the land, like cutting, gathering and stacking firewood. There is an 80'x30' heated hoop house (high tunnel) that always needs attention. General farm, equipment and facilities maintenance also keep us very busy. A stay of 3 weeks seems about right for us, with the longest stay yet of about 6 months.
We like to gather every evening for a meal together, where we can learn and share with each other. You will be encouraged to help in the meal preparation, including harvesting and preparing veggies from the hoop house.
The local area is rich in culture: old-time country music, 2 strict Amish farming communities, karst landscape with both commercial and private caves, kayaking and canoeing, hiking, camping, horseback riding and hunting in the Hoosier National Forest, a large recreational/fishing reservoir, a few small lakes. There is a growing permaculture community with deep roots. There is an ecovillage in the county. The county seat is Paoli and a dynamic food coop was started there about 10 years ago.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
The description above includes much. In addition, we are deeply involved with several folks and organizations on reservations in South Dakota. In September, we made our 8th Annual giveaway - we take donations folks in our community give, like sewing machines, fabric and notions, plus blankets and winter clothing and gardening tools, to people we have gotten to know at Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River and Rosebud reservations. We have been very supportive of the Indigenous ways and our brothers and sisters who are maintaining the old ways. Check out our FaceBook page: ask us for the link
Around Halloween, we need help hosting our community garlic project. See the photo from last year. The chimneys and wood stoves need prepped for winter. Sweet potatoes will need harvested soon. Summer crops in the hoop house need to be cleaned up and the new crops always need weeded, harvested, prepared and eaten. We eat a lot of our own more-than-organic veggies.
Lodging is on the second floor of a passive solar, 70'x20' building. There is a complete kitchen (separate from that of our own residence), a basic bathroom that is clean and tidy, a sleeping room with 2 twin beds, and a community area with a futon and another twin bed. The kitchen is included in a large open community area for dining and relaxing. The is a large deck outside with clotheslines. A washing machine is in the rooms/shop below. There is a beautiful swimming pond, with a deck, located a few hundred feet up the hill.
Great if you have your own transportation. But, we have picked people up who travel by other modes. We love seeing the wildlife up close, so pets are discouraged.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
All have access to the large and comfy community area. There are two private rooms in the same building with the community area. The entire building has unlimited optic fiber with 50 mb up and down. There's a house phone available using VOIP through the optic fiber. Extended calls require scheduling in advance. If your personal communication devices allow, you may VOIP via WiFi.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week