Learn about sustainable agriculture and vernacular DIY in Black Mountain, NC, USA


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    I live in an Eco-village near Asheville NC, USA. I live in the Hobbit House on one acre. I am 83 years old and am looking for people for two week stays who have some expertise in construction, gardening, or alternative systems and who would like to learn about vernacular construction, intentional communities, agriculture, and more. Extension of the two week period is possible under guidance.
    Location: Private room in the Hobbit House that is located in the Eco-village near Asheville, North Carolina. It is in the mountains so must be physically fit and able to transverse steep slopes.
    Room and board for about 25 hours of help each week. Work may include construction, terrace construction, plastering with native materials, firewood cutting and processing, infrastructure development, gardening in greenhouses and outside, orchard development, etc.
    Activities, you may participate in EH activities such as pot luck suppers, dances, etc.

  • 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
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    You can learn by living in an intentional community and on an old fashion farmstead. They can learn about vernacular building, Permaculture, natural plastering, terrace gardening, fence building, etc. I have lived in villages in 8 developing countries so we can share our experiences.

  • Help


    I heat with wood so it would be nice if you can use a chain and hand splitter. We have plastering with natural plaster. orchard, flower beds, and green houses to take care of, terraces to be built, house to maintain, and more.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    private room with private entrance on the third floor or tent. Compost toilets.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I am located on 320 acres of forested mountains and streams and close by are national forests with hiking trails, waterfalls, etc. Asheville is an exciting and unique town. If you don't have a car, transportation off the site is problematic.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a space by the creek for 30 foot camper.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    won't exceed maximum of 25/week

Host ref number: 618893541957