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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 3/4 acre
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 19633
Region: South

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Last Updated: February 4, 2013

My farm is nestled in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of southeast Kentucky. I live on a forested mountain with a pond, hiking opportunities, and fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. I have approximately one acre where I grow a wide variety of organic vegetables. I also maintain an herb garden and take advantage of any wild edible plants or fruit growing on the mountain. I am in the process of grafting old heritage varieties of apples and pears that do well without any spraying and hope to be planting blueberry bushes spring, 2013. I have a large asparagus bed that will be 3 years old this coming spring. In 2010 I became Certified Naturally Grown. I am totally committed to running my farm using organic, sustainable methods as well as incorporating biodynamic and permaculture methods. I sell produce at a farmers market in Tennessee, as well as a local market in Kentucky. I also sell to a small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) consisting of local members. Helpers of all races, genders, faiths, and beliefs are welcome and will be expected to work 5-6 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week and will assist in a variety of areas, depending on the season. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience self-sufficient living in a holistic, sustainable way, directed toward simplicity. There will be ample hands-on opportunities to learn how to start seedlings in the green house, prepare ground for planting, planting, transplanting, irrigation, crop rotation, cover-cropping, raised beds, composting, weeding, mulching, harvesting, seed-saving, mowing, weed eating, tilling, using season-extending hoop houses, using low tunnels and floating row cover, and sales and marketing. There will also be opportunities to learn how to freeze, can, pickle, and dry the produce of the season as well as learn how to cook healthy, well-balanced, vegetarian meals (provided three times a day). Helpers are welcome to stay in a small room above my workshop located right behind my house or there is plenty of room for camping including a wooden platform in a shady spot. I request neatness, respect, a positive attitude, and help with daily chores such as animal care (I have two friendly dogs and three adorable cats that all live outside). Kitchen help and general cleaning would be much appreciated as well. I would prefer helpers to stay for a minimum of one week, with shorter stays negotiable and longer stays recommended, depending on attitude, helpfulness, and compatibility. Year-round work is available, and I am especially looking for a season-long intern to help run the farm. Helpers are welcome to practice yoga with me and accompany me to Native American sweat lodge ceremonies at a neighboring farm. A visit to my farm would let helpers get a taste of how to be as self-sufficient as possible, and how to grow for a living amidst beautiful scenery, and night skies that will make you leave a little part of your heart here in the mountains of southeast Kentucky.

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