Help us on our small hobby farm in the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee, USA


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    My name is Marian and I live with my husband Jethro on our farm, which is a small hobby farm nestled against the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. It isn't any kind of money making enterprise, and we don't keep a rigorous schedule or anything like that. We just enjoy meeting people and sharing this pretty corner of the world and getting a little help to get some stuff done.

    Right now I am looking primarily for helpers who are interested in staying for about a week. Generally we work for 3-4 hours a day and then you are free to do your own thing.

    I am looking for volunteers to help with maintenance and various projects around the farm, including mowing, gardening, weed whacking, building fences, digging ditches, planting trees, animal care, burning brush piles, and painting. There are sometimes opportunities for small carpentry jobs as well if you are skilled in that sort of thing. Occasionally there are indoor projects but generally the work is outside if the weather allows for it.

    About our farm:
    I currently have a horse, a pony, and a donkey in residence, along with cats. Due to health issues (horse) and size (pony and donkey) there aren't currently any rideable animals here, but there are opportunities for grooming, hand walking, feeding, etc. if you enjoy interacting with animals.

    Our farm isn't particularly near to anything and public transportation isn't great, so it's best if you either have your own car or are content to hang out on the farm and relax. We have wifi, board games, and an awesome porch.

    We are about 15 minutes away from Maryville and 45 minutes away from Knoxville. The area is famous for hiking opportunities in The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, but you do have to drive a ways to get to a trailhead (again, about 20-45 minutes depending on where you go). If you can arrange transportation, I always encourage workawayers to take a day or two off and go see the area, and we are often happy to take workawayers on a hike while they are here.

    I don't cook every day but am happy to cook part of the time, and I'm also happy to provide food that you would like to cook, or food that doesn't require cooking. And if you'd like for part of your work time here to be cooking and shopping for food, I'm all about that!

    Note: I get a fair number of inquiries from workawayers traveling with dogs, and while I would love to be able to help these workawayers out, dogs tend to stress out several of the animals here. The dogs themselves can be wonderful and beautifully behaved, but dogs just being here bothers some of my guys, so unfortunately I can't accommodate you if you have a dog with you.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    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

    This area is rich in natural beauty and the history of both Native Americans and early settlers to the region. There are many historic structures remaining in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and there are museums that teach about settler life here. Here on the farm workawayers have the opportunity to learn about horse care and vegetable growing and many of the projects that make up maintenance of a small farm. I am always happy to learn from my workawayers as well--particularly as I get more into vegetable gardening. And I thoroughly enjoy sharing culinary traditions with my workawayers and swapping stories of travel. My favorite aspect of workaway is having the opportunity to meet so many people from different places, as well as the opportunity to be a part of their adventures.

  • Help


    mowing, weeding and weed whacking, horse care, building fences, painting, burn piles, splitting wood, building garden boxes

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

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  • Accommodation


    We have a tiny house for workawayers to stay in. It has a nice kitchen, but does require some careful use in the bathrooom, which has a composting toilet that operates a bit differently from a regular toilet. The shower also has some issues, so we encourage workawayers to shower in our house. Please don't smoke in the tiny home.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Quiet time in the evenings and the mornings is the norm around here, though if you have an instrument I'd encourage you to play it! We also enjoy board games. We have 3 indoor/outdoor cats who will be happy to interact with you, but will also pretty much leave you alone if you're not a huge fan. I'd prefer it if you don't smoke at all, but smoking outside is an option if you really need to.

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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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    My driveway is narrow and windy, so it might be difficult to get a really big rig in here. Also, I don't have RV hookups--just basic water hose and extension cord. However, I do have a level area with access to these for a smaller rig. I tow a two-horse slant-load bumper pull trailer and have no trouble negotiating the driveway with it.

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    Hours expected

    Average 4 hours a day--I believe in rest and naps and downtime!

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