Help a family with disabilities to maintain a 5 acre homestead in Savannah, GA and improve a tiny farm on a bridgeless Island.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Anytime two strangers interact, there is an opportunity for cultural exchange. Here in Savannah we provide history and culture of the English and Spanish settlement of SE coastal USA, and Georgia's pirate past. We also offer hands on experience in the US efforts to develop sustainable agriculture and living. We will tell you stories of our travels and lives and hope you will do the same. My husband is diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and has a progressive neurological disorder and hearing loss, so we do things quite differently here. I am happy to answer questions about how different and difficult it is to live in this way.
The first week in July I began a remodel project at my tiny farm on Daufuskie Island.
On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday I leave my home at 7:30 to travel to the Island where I work at my home there until around 6 p.m. when I begin to travel home again. My commute to work is awesome! I take a boat out to the tiny farm I bought this summer on a bridgeless Island. The commute is an hour on the intracoastal waterway where dolphins play and eagles soar and ospreys fish. It is hot, so we work for perhaps 45 minutes, and then rest in the air conditioning for 15 minutes. We take a break for lunch also in the air conditioning. Each day I also spend an hour in the community garden watering and weeding and fertilizing, planting and harvesting.
The sort of stuff I am doing this week is repairing the foundation of one of my buildings, then replacing the floor we just took up in order to see what the problem with the foundation was.
Next I must move some furniture out of the second building so that we can repair the walls and floors and replace the windows of that building.
In the middle of October I will move to Japan for three months. If it works out that you are a good match, you could stay while I am in Japan, but you would be hosted by my husband then, rather than by me.
While on the Island I would have you begin to dismantle the fence around the property. It is made of wood and is put together with nails. So you would be working with hammers and gloves, knocking down and piling the wood the fence is made of. Weekly the grass must be mowed. There are piles of things in the back yard which must be picked up and transported to our community's convenience center. We do not have a dump. At the convenience center belongings no longer wanted are sorted into recycling, burn pile, household garbage, and reusable items. Island residents may take anything that is reusable. Its like a free thrift store. We also need help with moving a bedroom furniture set out of a building so that we can repair the building. There is pressure washing and house painting task to do. My friend who is helping me with this project is also disabled. Both of us have bodies broken in horrible accidents, but we are slowing recovering, learning how to pace ourselves, support our bodies amazing ability to heal its self or adapt to new realities.
Summer is a busy time here. Last summer I gardened for several hours in the morning until the heat drove me indoors, where I washed, sorted, and bagged, or hung to dry all the food I harvested, This year I filled both my freezers and then learned to can. When I did not have time for that, I took my excess to two charities that provide food for addicts in recovery or unwed mothers to be, and who provide fresh foods in food desert neighborhoods. Over the winter I sat by our kitchen fire place with the herbs I hung during harvest and stripped the branches in order to package and shelf the leaves. We are also eating our way through the freezers of food and the pantry full of jars I filled. It is so satisfying a way to live. On our three days off each week, I will be doing this sort of work at my Savannah homestead.
We have hired a landscape architect to do a sustainable design for our five acres, and a local architect to design our new heated water therapy room. The design phase has begun, and we may be in the construction phase of the water therapy house by the time August arrives. It has been a slow process of transforming our home into something sustainable and self supporting.
English and Japanese
Our Savannah home has several bedrooms and bathrooms which we may ask you to share with other guests. Our tiny farm has tiny buildings with small bedrooms and one bathroom. There is also a travel trailer that has a queen bed, a kitchenette, a humanure toilet system and an outdoor shower.
We do not host people who use tobacco products of any kind or who consume excessive amounts of alcohol. Absolutely no illegal activity, such as marijuana possession, cell phone use while driving, drinking and driving, child porn.
We are early to bed, early to rise, so you will also need to do the same.
It is a rare pet owner who fits in here. It has been done successfully, but it has also been a disaster, with trusted family pets rushing the door to chase my cats, or pulling free of a leash to maul my chickens.
Savannah is a city rich in history and the arts. Our downtown historic district draws 13 plus million visitors a year. Twice a week I boat out to an Island that is home to an ancient Gullah community. Personally I grow heritage breed animals and plants. In your free time there are beaches, running and boating trails, hiking through state parks, fishing, bicycling, libraries, museums, tours, the list is almost endless. Daufuskie Island has one of the last Gullah communities in the USA, few paved roads or cars, a pen almost empty beach, craving, fishing, shrimping, hunting, wild food forests, an arts community and a community farm where you can learn to milk goats, grow vegetables, run a lumber mill, sew, raise chickens, and any number of useful skills.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
four days on, three days off