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Marengo, IN
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 65
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 59471
Region: Midwest

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Last Updated: March 28, 2020

We are currently considering potential prospective inquiries from June-September 2020.

Our place is set in a beautiful wooded valley in southern Indiana,surrounded by the Hoosier National forest; so our place is a magical place, with lots of trees, birds, wildlife and natural beauty. We cherish nature here and give gratitude every day to Mother Earth. It is remote and isolated, with the nearest neighbor about a mile away. The closest small town with a convenience/gas store is 7 miles. We will consider HelpXers only after extended conversation and full understanding of the isolated location of our property. No pets allowed.
To enter the property, a ford across a small stream, the Patoka River, must be crossed, or, if the water is up, a footbridge is available. It is extremely quiet, tranquil and peaceful here. We are located 48 miles west of Louisville, KY. Wi-Fi is available and the feed is via unlimited optic fiber.
We are a wife and husband who grow vegetables for personal consumption, and we freeze, dehydrate, sun dry and can for our own use and donate the excess. We do mapling during the season and manage our forest without timbering. For 6 years we have been planting crops specifically to feed the wildlife, with a mindset as a wildlife sanctuary for all who want to come and partake. There are no fences, cages, pens or chains/ropes for the creatures, except fences around the small vegetable gardens to keep hungry critters out. A 3.5 acre plot along the river is becoming a pollinator plot with 17 different types of native wildflowers being planted in spring of 2020.
Currently, the skills most needed are gardening and food processing and preservation, house work and organizing, handyman skills, cooking, equipment operation and lots of various activities for living with the land, like cutting, gathering and stacking firewood. There is an 80'x30' heated hoop house (high tunnel) that always needs attention. General farm, equipment and facilities maintenance also keep us very busy. A stay of 3 to 4 weeks seems about right for us, with the longest stay yet of about 6 months. Long stays are possible, however, these are mutually agreed in a case by case basis.
We like to gather every evening for a meal together, where we can learn and share with each other. You will be encouraged to help in the meal preparation, including harvesting and preparing veggies from the hoop house.
The local area is rich in culture: old-time country music, 2 strict Amish farming communities, karts landscape with both commercial and private caves, kayaking and canoeing, hiking, camping, horseback riding and hunting in the Hoosier National Forest, a large recreational/fishing reservoir, a few small lakes. There is a growing prermaculture community with deep roots. There is an ecovillage in the county. The county seat is Paoli and a dynamic food coop was started there about 10 years ago. Some of our excess produce is sold at this food coop. To explore the possibility of joining us, please email us and let us start a conversation. Look forward hearing from you,hopefully we will have the opportunity to work together.

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