All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 7
Persons: 1 to 6
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 86399
Region: Mid Atlantic
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Last Updated: July 7, 2018
About Our Farm
SURROUNDING AREA: Zone 7 with moderate winters and summers. We are close to Monticello and Ashlawn. We are about 2 hours from Washington DC and there are a lot of things to see in the Capitol. We can see the Blue Ridge Mountains from our land. Wintergreen Resort and the Appalachian Trail are both less than an hour away. The Chesapeake Bay is only a couple hours. There are wineries all over the place. We are in the heart of American History in the land where presidents walked. Charlottesville is 45 minutes away and has just about everything someone could need. Richmond is a little over an hour away. There are MANY points of interest in this area.
THE HOMESTEAD: 17 acres including gardens, permaculture food forest, native forest, pasture and a stocked pond. We have ducks, turkeys, quail, chickens, goats and cows. We have a produce stand in our front yard that we stock with our own produce. We sell chicken, duck and quail eggs along with garden veggies and herbs. We are attached to a 110 acre nature preserve complete with hiking trails. It is located just outside of our back gate. Our homestead is a seedling ecovillage/intentional community. We seek decent human beings that are willing to work together to make the changes back to the ways of Eden. We are willing to share with those that are willing to come alongside for a time on this journey. We have a lot to offer though it is all a beautiful mess. We also need a lot if we are going to reach that far off destination. This is a place for those dedicated and hard working towards the goal of making the land a better place through cooperation.
THE GOAL is to have a place to show as an example to those wanting to live a better way. The goal is to teach and enable others to be free and abundant in their own places.
THE AG PROJECTS: In the attempt to be as self reliant as possible, much of the work is centered around gardening and livestock. The garden is always needing weeding, mulching, planting and picking. The permaculture beds and food forest are ever expanding. The produce of the land is primarily to feed the people on the land with any excess going to the produce stand.
THE NON AG PROJECTS: There is continual project work available. For 2018 we are working on housing solutions for people and animals alike. Fence work is always needing to be done. A walk in freezer is in the works. A barley fodder greenhouse is in the works. A secondary shallow well water system is in the works. Free range broiler chickens may make their appearance. There is no shortage of small scale construction work. We focus on non conventional and innovative construction with a preference for local materials when available.
SUGGESTED LENGTH OF STAY. We prefer to strive for long term stays of at least 30 days. Much longer term stays are desired for those that fit well and are happy here.
In exchange for accommodations and 3 meals a day the work hours are as follows:
Monday through Friday 5 hours per day.
Work 6:30 AM to 8 AM
Prepared Breakfast 8 to 8:30 AM.
Work 8:30 to Noon
Free time or optional project/workshop work.
Dinner: Prepare your own with ingredients provided in pantry/community kitchen/garden.
Friday Night Community Meal. Pot Luck centered on a theme such as “Mexican night”. Everyone make something special to share.Saturday. No prepared meals provided. Make your own from the pantry/community kitchen/garden.
Sunday 3 hours.
Work 8:30 AM to 11:30.
Prepare your own lunch and dinner pantry/community kitchen/garden.
WHEN NEEDED: Most of the time. Accomodation availability varies.
ACCOMODATIONS PROVIDED: 3 meals day included. A converted barn is the community center and has a full kitchen and bathroom (shower but no tub). It is primarily a dining and fellowship hall. There are 2 lofts for sleeping. Each semi private loft can sleep a small family. The downstairs of the community center has a number of sleeping areas in an open floor plan. There is AC. The heating system is primarily a wood stove but there is propane heat to supplement. Building 4 separate 8×10 bedrooms is on the short list but they are not available until perhaps Fall 2018. There are plenty of spaces for camping or RV’s if that is your thing. Laundry room available on Sundays. WiFi is available but it is not fast.
MEALS: Can accomodate vegitarians and vegans but we serve animal products. Meals are based on abundant seasonal produce from the garden/livestock including eggs and some meat. Fruit is not abudant as the food forest is young. Breakfast and lunch are prepared. Lunch usually includes a salad bar. Dinners are make your own from provided ingredients. Weekends are make your own except for Sunday breakfast. Proceeds from the produce stand go into a common food fund for the extras. Staple goods are always available.
TRANSPORTATION: No transportation for leisure activities at this time. Once a week trip to the grocery store is provided on Thursday afternoons.WE ONLY SPEAK ENGLISH
WE ACCEPT FAMILIES
OUTDOOR PETS ONLY. MUST NOT BE HARMFUL TO FREE RANGE LIVESTOCK.
ABOUT US: We are a family of 5 on a mission to come out of a very broken and toxic mainstream culture. We are seeking to sustain our selves on the land in a healthy and abundant way. We are seeking to have real solutions to the problems that plague society as we have it. It is no easy task to become self reliant without the help of others. The workload is daunting for those that seek to be free. We must have cooperative living. Someone must take a step in the right direction. The homestead is our very active and ongoing attempt at that. We are homeschoolers one and all. We seek truth and hold fast to it even when it is painful. We have been kicked out of the mainstream religions including Catholicism, Christianity and Hebrew Roots. We just don’t fit in. However, we cling to the entirety of the Scriptures and live them out as fully as possible. This is certainly not any typical religion that you may be aware of. We simply believe in a Most High Creator. We believe he has certain ways that are good to obey. We believe he has anointed a son of King David and he has shown us more certainly those good ways. All this is to say we have house rules on the land which are mostly centered around the 10 Commandments. We see the application of those as simply love towards the Creator and love towards one another. In that, we see that the intent of man is to live with the land. We are to use it, fill it with abundance and live in peace. The land is our inheritance. It is our privilege and our duty to be abundant upon the land. It is our stewardship and our domain.
HOUSE RULES. This is a family environment.
No indoor pets.
PG language at most.
No coercive or violent behavior.
No illegal or illicit behavior.
Now for some sticky points:
No working on Saturdays. This is the Sabbath and a day of rest.
No pork, catfish, rabbit, shellfish, shrimp is served or cooked here.
No Christmas, Easter or other secular holidays are celebrated here.
No display of graven images including crosses, stars of David, new age, etc.