All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 67
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 11224
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Last Updated: June 25, 2015
We're a music and arts based eco-village nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains founded in 2012. We host artist residents, bands, travelers, and farm interns year round. Our lifestyle fuses art, music, an community with nature and living sustainably.
The land abounds with rolling pastures, forests, streams, wildlife, breathtaking long range mountain views, and over 60 mature fruit and nut trees: apple, black walnut, cherry, and chestnut.. We especially love perennials, and are growing large amounts of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, asparagus, hops, herbs, flowers and newly planted trees.
The village consists of a funky five bedroom house, a communal barn jam space, an art studio/loft apartment, a solar powered music studio/cabin, a teepee, an RV and an artsy bus. Multiple other cabins are currently under construction.
Depending on the time of year, there are usually between 8-16 people , most of which are artist/musicians doing residencies here, between 18-30 years old living at the farm. We also host people from couch surfing, Air BnB, and many visiting friends.. We have potlucks, parties and jam sessions regularly. We have 6 ducks, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and some chickens. We share the land with turkeys, deer, rabbits, groundhogs, chipmunks, squirrels, bobcats, coyotes, bears, black snakes (harmless), hawks, crows, bluebirds, cardinals, finches, etc.
We only host helpers from May through October. During the off season we only
We are lovers of wild edible/medicinal plants and mushrooms. Studying, exploring, and harvesting the natural abundance of the Blue Ridge Mountains is common practice here. We encourage everyone who visits to learn some of the incredibly useful common plants.
Our food situation is unique, please read carefully.
The food that we provide consists of whatever is growing on the farm as well as bulk grains, rice, beans, oats, etc..
We do not provide eggs, milk, bread, etc.
Also there is large communal shelf in our pantry with food, teas, coffee up for the taking.
From June through October we have all kinds of greens, veggies, fruits, mushrooms, herbs.
Also, there is always an abundant spread of wild edible plants and mushrooms throughout the forest.
Helpers should plan on camping although if we have an open indoor space they are welcome to it. But all of the indoor spaces are first and foremost for artist residents which rent the space for cheap and then work on their own creative projects!
WHAT TO BRING
Gloves, water bottle, towel, linens, toiletries, camera, work shoes/boots,
Only 8 minutes by car is Burnsville, a small mountain town with a vibrant arts community and a rich history. There are grocery stores, banks, art galleries, and restuarants that host bands and open mic nights.
Asheville, one of the most artsy and culturally rich cities in the world is 40 minutes away.
Boone is Asheville's funky little sister, a vibrant college town in the heart of the mountains, only 1 hour away.
Mount Mitchell, the highest mountain East of the Mississippi is here in Yancey County.
The Linville Gorge is the Grand Canyon of the East and is about an hour away.
Some other farms in the area we'd recommend include Soulshine Farm, Mountain Gardens, Chestnut Hill, and the Dig-In Community Garden here in Burnsville.
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