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Dublin
All Year: No
Area (ha): 75
Persons: 1-4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 90233
Region: Mid Atlantic

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Last Updated: March 14, 2020

We are located on 160 acres of forests and rolling pastures, with ponds and an extensive forest trail system in Southwestern Virginia, nestled among the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The Jefferson National Forest, the New River, and multiple access points to the Appalachian Trail are less than twenty minutes away. Over the years, our family and others we have invited to live on our property have undertaken a wide variety of projects, a market garden business, music festivals, tiny house and van builds, trail building and forest gardening projects, sheep dog trials, airplane landing strips, and more. We have always believed in making the amazing resources of our farm available to members of our community and beyond who have a passion for living close to the land in a creative, communal setting.

We are looking for helpers as we move the farm in new directions in the upcoming years. In 2020, we are planning on focusing primarily on Airbnb as a way to generate income on the property while we continue to explore the various other projects and interests of farm residents.

This season's main projects will include:

- Planting and tending vegetable and herb gardens for personal consumption
- Canning and preserving produce
- Planning and putting in medicinal plant and perennial gardens
- Hosting Airbnb guests
- Continuing renovations of various structures on the property
- Planting and tending CBD hemp plants in 70 ft high tunnel greenhouse
- Routine maintenance, landscaping, and household tasks (e.g., cleaning, weedwhacking, trail maintenance, organizing storage areas, etc.)

We would love helpers who have experience with gardening, basic home repairs, or carpentry, but mostly we want respectful, helpful people with good work ethic who enjoy living in a communal environment. We are happy to teach you whatever you need to know about specific tasks, or to figure things out together. Although we are happy to teach helpers what they need to know for a given task, because there are often multiple ongoing projects on the farm, ideal helpers are independent problem solvers comfortable working unsupervised at times.

The workload will be approximately 15-20 hours/week. Start time and daily plans will be laid out so that expectations are clear.

We provide two communal kitchens, one indoor kitchen and a super chill outdoor kitchen (we guarantee it will become your favorite spot to hang out). We also provide a communal bathroom in the main house with a shower (shared by residents and, possibly, Airbnb guests). The mobile home has basic running water and toilet (though no shower). There is also a cold outdoor shower which is super refreshing in the heat of the summer.

Reliable, fairly fast wifi is available in the main house (though not in the mobile home). Most cell carriers get service on the property. Food from the garden and farm is available, as well as some basic staples. Depending upon the schedules of farm residents, there will likely be frequent community meals.

Location and Transportation:

It is preferable if helpers have their own transportation, since our farm is in a fairly remote location not serviced by public transportation. Helpers should not expect to rely on farm residents to get around since we will have our own work and activity schedules both on and off the property. The nearest grocery stores and other retail locations are about 15 minutes away by car.

However, if helpers do have a vehicle, they will find plenty to do in nearby towns/cities as well as tons of outdoor activities in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. We are less than an hour from two college towns, with plenty of nightlife options and cultural activities. We are less than thirty minutes away from numerous access points to the Appalachian Trail, as well as countless other hiking opportunities; multiple access points to the New River, which is great for tubing, kayaking and canoeing; and great camping options. Southwestern Virginia also has a rich musical tradition; checking out local musicians is always fun.

And if you like taking it slow on your free time, you can always just sit on the porch and watch the fireflies! The farm itself is a lovely place to relax and enjoy the beauty of Appalachia. On the property, we have multiple ponds, an extensive forest trail system, musical instruments, and lots of other fun toys.

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