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Savannah
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 7
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 37982
Region: South

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Last Updated: May 17, 2020

Help a family with disabilities to maintain a 5 acre homestead in Savannah, GA and improve a tiny farm on a bridgeless Island.

Over a year ago, I dismanteled the oldest house in Hardeeville, SC.  Now I am processing the tons of salvaged lumber for several homestead improvement projects.  Four or five days a week I and my crew are sorting, cleaning, grading, planing and routing the lumber for flooring, beams, and sale.  Eventually we will begin installing this wood in my buildings.

When I'm not enjoying the recyled wood project, you can find me on a boat, a bicycle, swimming, traveling, or lost (and found) in yoga poses.  I am also a housewife to a a disabled US Marine Vet who was diagnosed with High Function Autism in 2012. He loves our Savannah homestead and rarely leaves it.  He has an artists eye and as a result our place is visually pleasing, balanced, orderly, clean.

I also kitchen garden in zone 8b, which is a joy and a challenge.  I grow and wild gather more food than I can use.  I donate my excess to charity and I share with friends, neighbors and family.

Gardening is a health and community building activity for me. My focus is FOOD AS MEDICINE with undertones of spirituality and community.   https://neurosciencenews.com/dirt-fat-anxiety-14108/ 

I eat animals, because my body needs them.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/diagnosis-diet/201903/the-brain-needs-animal-fat

Raising animals and then slaughtering them for meat is a spiritual practice where I think about the circle of life and meditate on the Buddhist concept of Impermanence.

I currently work in two gardens.  The largest is at my Savannah Homestead. Here is the video a wwoofusa ambassador made for us a soome years ago.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gwd5BFjlXr0 #MyWWOOFStory

My main kitchen garden is at sea level and so I grow in raised beds to combat salt incursion by the twice daily tides which reach me even though I am eight miles from the open sea.  My orchard and vineyard are inside deer fencing as my homestead is in a wildlife sanctuary of about 320 acres of mixed maritime forest, residential development, salt marsh, wetlands, creeks and a river.  This oasis of nature is completely surrounded by the City of Savannah which gives  aspects of both rural and urban life.

My smallest garden is at my new half acre farm in a food desert community.  This tiny farm is still in development.  Here is a link to my tiny farm https://wwoofusa.org/user/679187

I am a wwoof volunteer ambassador, devoted to the spread of sustainable, ethical, healthy lifestyle.  I am eager to learn from my guests, and to share what I know.  My hosting style is close and personable.   I  have good friends I met through wwoofing.  I am not an employer looking for free labor. I am not a teacher giving interns lessons. I am not a charity for whom you would volunteer.  I do not host budget travelers working their way across the USA.

Dishonest, lazy, vindictive people just go away.

Open, kind, hard working, early rising, forgiving people, can't wait to meet you.

No pets, tobacco, foul language, excessive alcohol, illegal substances or activities.

I do not provide internet access, but there are libraries, cafes, etc near by where you can log on.

My place is easily and cheaply accessed by Uber, county bus, sidewalks, shuttles.  You may park your well maintained car here if it does not leak toxic fluids in my parking lot.

I welcome new guests before 3 p.m. on Saturdays to give me time in my schedule before my evening chores.

I have an extensive application process, require references, photo ids, and video interviews.  I don't invite strangers into my home, so we will have to get to know each other first.

You may not use my address for visas, mail, or deliveries of any kind.  For free US mail service look up “general delivery”or for a small fee contact https://www.patriotpostalservices.com/Our-Services/Mailbox-Rental.

Please put this word “Sashiki” (spelled ??, not ??? or ???) in your email to us so we know you have taken the time to read our entire profile.

It is a rare pet owner who fits in here. It has been done successfully, but it has also been a disaster, with trusted family pets rushing the door to chase my cats, or pulling free of a leash to maul my chickens.

Anytime two strangers interact, there is an opportunity for cultural exchange. Here in Savannah I provide history and culture of the English and Spanish settlement of SE coastal USA, and Georgia's pirate past. I also offer hands on experience in the US efforts to develop sustainable agriculture and living. I will tell you stories of my travels and lives and hope you will do the same. My husband is diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and has a progressive neurological disorder and hearing loss, so we do things quite differently here. I welcome your questions about how different (and difficult) it is to live in this way.

reviews (6)
Helper: Jocelyne Béïque Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: February 26, 2018
I spent three weeks with RJ and Bruce Vinson, my hosts in Savannah. What a wo... view complete review

Helper: Dale Bonk Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 23, 2017
I just finished a wonderful two-week stay with RJ and Bruce. It was my first... view complete review

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From: France Date: November 12, 2017
I spent an amazing week with RJ & Bruce and it was to fast! They are very... view complete review

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Helper: Annika Hock Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 12, 2016
I stayed with RJ and Bruce just for a couple of days in June, and I'm so glad... view complete review

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Helper: Thomas Lee Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 9, 2016
I stayed at RJ and Bruce place 4 days and enjoyed it very much. Both RJ and ... view complete review

Helper: Sonja and Kenneth Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 20, 2016
We had a great couple of months with Bruce and RJ this fall/winter, and look ... view complete review

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