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Our family of six (ages 36, 35, 34, 12, 12, 8) live in two tiny cabins on 18 acres in the North Carolina foothills near Chimney Rock (we see the back of Chimney Rock Mountain from our house). The land is mostly wooded, with a creek cutting through it and a small, picturesque brook feeding into the creek. The air is clean, with hardly any light or noise pollution (still a good bit of nature noise) and stellar views day and night.
Our intention is to provide ways for folks to visit, learn about the natural world, a simple lifestyle, and the good life. We hope to maintain a community of people who care for the world and can take care of themselves. We want to make beautiful experiences happen, whatever forms they take. Right now we are working towards creating a self-sufficient, off-grid community.
While somewhat secluded, we are 50 minutes from Asheville, NC, 75 minutes from Charlotte, NC, 60 minutes from Greenville, SC and 45 minutes from Spartanburg, SC.
We do live in the country and do not have WiFi. The only phone carrier with reliable data access is Verizon. We can provide a hotspot in urgent cases, but our data is limited. A library is 10 minutes away that has computer and internet access.
This is natural wilderness, with all the critters that live here - if you are afraid of spiders, snakes, lizards, or other harmless creatures, you should probably look elsewhere. The land is safe enough for us to let the kids explore for hours without worry, but if you have phobias, you will probably not be comfortable here.
We are vegan and only cook and serve vegan food (except for local honey and eggs from our own chickens and turkey). We have been vegan for a while and have gotten pretty good at creating tasty meals. We have a medium-sized dog, 3 cats, 17 chickens, and a big turkey. We feel that kindness, compassion, and respect for all living things should be embraced by all and expect visitors to strive to uphold these values while staying with us. This is a beautiful place, and we hope all visitors will help us maintain and improve on its beauty (i.e. pick up any trash one finds, even if you did not put it there, and do not destroy trees or other plants for fun).
"Beware the burden of a busy life" is taken seriously here. We live relatively simple, slow-paced lives filled with music, conversation, and a variety of aesthetic experiences. While there is always more work that can be done, we try to find ways to grow through what we do instead of rushing to finish. The three adults out here are trained in philosophy and forestry, so there are ample opportunities to learn how to nature walk intentionally, converse about the big questions of life, and share stories, music and vegan marshmallows by a campfire. There is also the ability to introspect and reflect on the world while sitting alone on a rock by a beautiful creek or in a hammock by a babbling brook. Come experience the great outdoors of the Blue Ridge Mountains!
We have numerous projects on which we can use help, from clearing trails, to setting up additional gardens and other small construction projects. A second or third set of hands helps us immensely in completing projects, and if you have carpentry, electrical, or plumbing experience, that can help too. Most tasks will be alongside one of us, so we can always teach you how to do things if necessary. It helps if you have some basic knowledge in some of these areas, but being able to hold a piece of plywood on a ceiling can be just as valuable, depending on the project. Monetary compensation for your work is possible, depending on your skill level and efforts.
Our current projects include the following:
1. Expanding our gardens - last year we had a 35' x 4' bed, and we plan on adding some more. In the spring we will begin to build a greenhouse as well.
1.5. We are all wanting to learn to play music. If you can teach bass, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, and/or drums, come show us the ropes!
2. Some exterior painting is needed on some of the buildings
3. Trails and campsites have been cut on the side of the creek we currently live on. We bought the property on the other side of the creek recently and need to cut trails and clear recreation spaces over there. Trailbuilding primarily involves cutting or digging out underbrush and small trees.
4. Some of our buildings (Who house, outdoor bathroom) need to be finished, even though they are currently functional. This includes installing interior paneling walls and insulation and possibly some painting.
5. If an artist came to stay, there are many possibilities for painting murals.
The above list is not exhaustive, but it gives an idea of some of the work we will be doing out here in the coming months.
Visitors can choose to tent camp by the creek or on the edge of the land next to an apple orchard with a panoramic view of the mountains. There is also a small travel trailer available with a bed, dresser, and small refrigerator (we built it ourselves, inspired by Whoville houses) next to our cabins. We also have a 30 amp hookup for vanlifers and RVers. We have a small, climate controlled schoolroom that will be available in bad weather as well. There is a shower, laundry and bathhouse attached to one of the cabins that is available for guests. We cook most meals and are happy to include you in all facets of meal preparations and consumption. We can provide all your meals during your stay.
We regularly go hiking, kayaking, and attend cultural events in surrounding areas. There is a lot to see and do nearby, and we can give advice and/or bring you along on our own trips. You should have your own vehicle, however, so that you can come and go as you please. Mountain biking is also big around here, but we know very little about that (and are happy to learn).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
At least 10 hours a week.