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Asheville area
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 7.2 (18 acres)
Persons: 1
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 8928
Region: South

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Last Updated: February 19, 2020

****Flexible dates! Short or long term stays available. We love our helpers and look forward to hearing from you!!

Here you will find:

*Horse farm with many beautiful horses to admire!!
*Rescue and rehabilitation of dogs/ horses/ cats. The sweetest dogs and cats you will ever find!!
*Organic vegetable gardens year round!!
*Flower gardens for bees and butterflies
*Restoration of land, native plants, and animals.

This is a perfect helpx situation for someone who wants to spend a bit of time in the country on a beautiful farm with animals. Looking for nice people that are hard workers with a good work ethic.

** Work will include vegetable gardening, native habitat restoration, clearing of brush/ weeds in fields and woods, flower gardening, assisting with feeding of horses/ dogs/ cats, general farm maintenance, and various projects around the farm. Carpentry, painting, and more skilled work available for helpers with experience.

You can expect to work from about 8AM to 1PM, 5 days in a row and then you will get 2 days off. Hours vary depending on weather and projects, so your flexibility is appreciated. We appreciate the help very much, some people go above and beyond which is great!! We will provide you with food, and sometimes cook meals for you, but please be able to be self-sufficient in the kitchen.

***This is a *vegetarian* household (please no meat in the house). You must provide your own alcohol if you desire that, and pay your own way if we go out to eat or out on the town.

No public transportation is available around the farm, but we are happy to pick you up in nearby towns that are easy to get to by bus, train, or airplane. There are opportunities to get out and about with us, when we go into town for food shopping and recreation. We are about 45 minutes from Asheville, NC where there is lots to do as well. Plenty of local hiking and nature activities as well.

Generally there will not be horseback riding available, as most of our horses are in training and are not experienced enough for beginner or intermediate riders. However, it is a wonderful environment if you would just like to be around horses and learn some basic skills around our 12 horses and the farm. This farm is also home to 3 dogs and 3 cats, so hopefully you will enjoy the company of these special pets as well.

A couple of requests for our helpers:
**Please be of sound mind and body.
**Respect and kindness towards people, animals, and farm.
**No cigarette smoking on the property.
**No pets (No exceptions), we have more than enough!!


reviews (43)
Helper: Samantha Gossage Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 9, 2019
Oh, goodness! I don't know where to begin. Cathy is such an amazing individua... view complete review

Helper: Annie Tsao Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 12, 2019
As a NYC resident who was getting tired of the hustle and bustle of Manhattan... view complete review

Helper: Forrest Law Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 23, 2018
My short stint here was rewarding and fun and refreshing. The work was quite ... view complete review

Helper: James Bramhall Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 29, 2018
Well, where to begin. Cathy is just a wonderful human, upon receiving the fir... view complete review

Helper: Daniel High Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 4, 2018
I had an amazing stay here for two weeks. Cathy is an awesome person and a wo... view complete review

Helper: Paul Donnell Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: May 3, 2017
The week I had here was a great experience. I did some landscaping, moved hay... view complete review

Helper: Colin Brandon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 25, 2017
I spent a wonderful week at Cathy’s horse farm. As a helper, you jump right i... view complete review

Helper: Chris and Maggie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: February 20, 2017
We stayed with Cathy for a two week period in October/November 2016. It was a... view complete review

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Helper: Kayla Reno Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 17, 2017
As both my first Helpx experience, and my first trip to the Carolinas, I have... view complete review

Helper: James Ward Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 29, 2016
Well I stayed at Cathys farm for almost 2 months and had an absolutely amazin... view complete review

Helper: Nicholas Griffin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: October 23, 2016
This was a really great stay for me, Cathy made the experience of working wit... view complete review

Helper: Anna Pavlovich Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belarus Date: September 19, 2016
It was my first experience on HelpX. I liked it very much. And of course beca... view complete review

Helper: Lee Miller Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 4, 2016
Smokey Hollow is such a wonderful place!! You'd be doing very well for yourse... view complete review

Helper: Paul Tilyou Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 28, 2016
I stayed with Cathy for two weeks, and had a wonderful time. Smokey Hollow Fa... view complete review

Helper: Cynthia Barré Benoit Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: September 20, 2015
My friend Adrianna and I stayed at the farm for about a week in August, and i... view complete review

Helper: Sebastian S Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 27, 2015
I stayed here for about a month or so. Cathy is very reasonable and patient w... view complete review

Helper: Tyler and Vincent Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 9, 2014
My twin brother and I spent the last two weeks here. What a wonderful experie... view complete review

Helper: Nigel Coy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 6, 2014
Cathy, Jonathon and Ariel made me feel at home at the Farm, Cathy took me Hik... view complete review

Helper: Samuel goodnough Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 18, 2013
As my first Helpx experience i couldnt have asked for a better experience. I ... view complete review

Helper: Dominic Huntley Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 19, 2013
Cathy was my first HelpX experience and truly enjoyed it. She runs a proper w... view complete review

Helper: Bo Isferding Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 12, 2013
This was my first helpx experience and it did not disappoint. Cathy is an awe... view complete review

Helper: Marc-antoine marcantoine.emard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: May 13, 2013
As i was traveling on the east coast of the state, my host where i was actual... view complete review

Helper: Brian Franklin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 11, 2013
I stayed with Cathy for just over 2 weeks back in October as my first ever He... view complete review

Helper: Jarrod Lowrey Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 22, 2012
I just completed my stay with Cathy at her Smokey Hollow Farm and I it was a ... view complete review

Helper: Pia Lutolf Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: December 2, 2012
I have stayed just 10 days at Cathy’s lovely farm and it was a shame I had to... view complete review

Helper: Lauren Best Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 7, 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Smokey Hollow Farm. Cathy is awesome, and wor... view complete review

Helper: Jim Horsley Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 9, 2012
I enjoyed my stay with Cathy as I was busy with many tasks that I enjoyed inc... view complete review

Helper: Jacob Li Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: July 17, 2012
So I just finished staying with Cathy for a week at her farm and would like... view complete review

Helper: Gemma McDonald Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: June 24, 2012
I stayed just short of a week at Smokey Hollow Farm, but would of gladly stay... view complete review

Helper: Ryan Banyard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 12, 2012
This place is great! I spent two weeks there and if I didn't have to go back... view complete review

Helper: Karen House Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 12, 2012
I spent two weeks here and am looking forward to going back again. Cathy is a... view complete review

Helper: Murphy Guinane Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 26, 2012
This was my first experience with Helpx, and it was the best I could have pos... view complete review

Helper: David Clark Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: October 18, 2011
have just spent 3 weeks here and had a great time. cathy and katelin are supe... view complete review

Helper: Caroline Rezendes Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 22, 2011
Cathy was a spur of the moment choice for me, and it was a good one - a beaut... view complete review

Helper: Genson Glier Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: July 23, 2011
Home is where the heart is! And there is definitely a lot of heart at smokey ... view complete review

Helper: Lawrence Cobern Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 21, 2011
My time here is a experience I will never forget thanks to Cathy. I spent 5 w... view complete review

Helper: Steven McClellan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 15, 2011
Had a fantastic month with Cathy and Katelin helping out around the farm! Ca... view complete review

Helper: Stephen Bagnani Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 14, 2011
The Farm is gorgeous, encapsulated in a lush verdant wall of forest. Cathy is... view complete review

Helper: Lee Fennell Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: March 25, 2011
This was my first attempt at Helpex, and I think Cathy captures and embodies ... view complete review

Helper: Daniel Renner Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 22, 2011
Cathy is amazing and her farm a great place to work and stay for a couple of ... view complete review

Helper: Colin Roxborough Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 7, 2011
My stay here with Cathy & Bri was a great experience. The daily task, twice a... view complete review

Helper: Scott Swaaley Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 10, 2011
I am the luckiest man alive! After a frantic email blast to find a host willi... view complete review

Helper: Jessica and Stephen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: December 1, 2010
Steve and I had an amazing week with Cathy and Bri on Smokey Hollow Farm. We ... view complete review

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