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In 2015, we moved from CA, to the bluegrass region of Kentucky, to pursue the dream of living a more wholesome, healthy, self- sustaining existence closer to nature. Our 61acre small farm is located in the hills, just South of Lexington. The dogs, kitties, horses, cows, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, etc are a constant joy and labor of love. You may see deer, wild turkeys and even the occasional red fox wandering through. The scenic countryside of rolling hills and green pastures is great for horseback riding, hiking, camping, photography, and other fun outdoor activities! We are a trilingual family speaking English, Japanese, and some Spanish too! Our 3 young sons (5,8,10) are friendly, smart, and lots of fun—I’m sure they’ll love to engage you in a game of Chess or Monopoly!
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
You will have an opportunity to integrate into our routine. You can learn and practice quality conversational English, perhaps learn some Appalachian English, and enjoy the beautiful Kentucky countryside! You can spend free time for example, horseback riding, hiking, swimming, bicycling, running, reading playing sports with the boys, etc. Depending on the time of year, there are always projects going on and things to do and learn! Whether it's shearing time, grooming horses, lambing, milking, cheese/butter/yoghurt -making, or rounding up the naughty cows and pigs, there's plenty going on at the farm and home! As far as mealtimes, we cherish the quality time, preparing and eating meals, and generally try to include something we have grown or produced by the farm. If you don't already know how, our little boys can teach you how to play chess!
Its lambing and calving season! Regular care and feeding of kids, livestock, and pets. Helping with, mucking barn, throwing bales on occasion. .. Ideally you can milk a cow or have a willingness to learn! Knowledge of organic gardening and permaculture/ aquaculture a plus!
At our home, we need help with kitchen, garden, and household. At our farm, we need help with feeding, mucking, building, tree maintenance, milking, birthing, fencing, barn maintenance and repair, and home improvement on the farmhouse.
What do YOU want to do? :)
English, Japanese, Spanish
A bedroom in the rustic farmhouse (sometimes you’ll have the farmhouse to yourself!)
or at our home up the block from the farm, a room and bath.
You can walkabout to the springs, creeks and lost road around the farm. Swim in our pool between the end of May and the end of September, we make frequent trips to town, as well as Lexington and Berea.... It's very scenic here! There are beautiful sunrises and sunsets, as well as wildlife and nature for photographers and artists. Wildlife enthusiasts are welcome to camp out at the farm. Horse enthusiasts can ride our lovely horses.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Every day is a little different. (Maximum 25 hours a week)