Learn about animal husbandry and wildlife rescue helping on a small family farm in S. Carolina, USA

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a small family farm with a Grade A Raw Goat Milk Dairy and Creamery on site. We produce raw milk and soft fresh farmstead cheeses for sale here on the farm, at several farmers markets and at retail outlets around the Upstate of South Carolina. Dairy goats are our primary livestock focus with poultry being secondary. We are not an organic farm, but we do try to follow those practices as closely as possible. There are many other kinds of animals here as well. Our rare breed Draft Horses as well as miscellaneous farm and rescue animals. Depending on the time of year we house multiple orphaned and/or injured white tailed deer fawn who come into our permitted fawn rescue/rehabilitation program.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Farmstay
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You can expect to learn:
    Animal husbandry including but not limited to handling, feeding, health care, birthing and breeding.
    In the dairy you will learn about goat milk, milking and how to handle that milk once it leaves the animal, cleaning, processing, packaging and transport of the final products.
    We make a variety of soaps, lotions and bath products and can give instruction in these if desired.
    We do quite a bit of gardening primarily in the Spring and Summer. You may be able to assist in planting, maintaining and harvesting (and eating!) what we grow.
    We operate a white tailed deer fawn rescue/rehabilitation program as well as a sanctuary for adult, unreleaseable deer. Both of which are permitted by SCDNR.
    We have a sawmill on the property and mill our own lumber for structures here on the farm. There is a complete wood working shop where something is generally always in progress!

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who want to learn what we do here and pitch in when needed. We do rather long hours (animals don't take days off!) but volunteers are not required to help as many hours as we do. We work hard, but have a lot of fun as well!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodations are provided in the form of a 36 ft, two bedroom camper here on the property. There is also a kitchen area, a full bath and AC/heat in the camper. The property is gated and secure with guard dogs on patrol at night.

    Dinner is home cooked every evening. Breakfast and lunch are not scheduled, but there is generally always food about. We are omnivores and cannot accommodate vegan diets. Vegetarian is no problem as long as we know in advance. The vast majority of what we eat is either raised here, or sourced from other local producers. Both vegetables and meats.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located in beautiful Upstate SC. There are lovely places to hike not very far away and if you like the city, one of the nicest downtown areas in the South in Greenville, SC. Tons of upscale restaurants and shops. The farm is very rural with no public transportation, but we often make trips into Greenville ourselves and Uber will come out here.
    On the farm, we get dirty and stay active so you must not be squeamish and you must be physically fit. You should at the very least be able to lift a 50lb bag of feed. Livestock experience is not required, but you must be able to be a confident handler.
    We would prefer stays of at least two weeks or longer if you fit in well!

    We have working dogs on the property who do not tolerate the presence of strange dogs. Its their job to protect our livestock and they perceive any dog they do not know as a threat. So for safety reasons, we cannot allow pets.

    Additionally, while we adore children and think a farm is by far the best place for them to grow up, by nature of a working farm, it can be a dangerous place. Especially so for children not accustomed to it. Such children would require constant supervision. So we appreciate all applicants being over 18.

    There will be no exceptions made for either of these rules.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • 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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