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Live, learn, work and play this summer on an Appalachian paradise

 
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Our plan:
7 years ago, we found our mountain paradise.  Now, we are restoring the native ecosystem to support native rare and medicinal plants while we develop our homestead and renovate our house.  

Your opportunities:
Learn how to identify and use medicinal plants and how to make medicine.
Learn how to harvest and prepare wild foods.
Experience organic gardening in a mechanically tilled garden, “no till” garden and hugelkultur garden.  
Learn electrical, plumbing, basic construction and wood working as you help with home renovation (my father has 40+ year experience as a general contractor).
Learn basic homestead skills (how to split wood, do basic mechanical repairs, etc).
Experience the hard labor a homestead requires, such as pulling invasive vines, digging out the channel drain, weed eating, etc.
Have fun! In your free time, head out on the lake, go trout fishing in the Cheoah River, hike through gorgeous mountains, etc.

Our land:
25 acres on the edge of thousands of acres of Nantahala National Forest in western NC.  This is a vacationer’s paradise.  Lake Santeetlah is 5 minutes away, our long range mountain view is of old growth Joyce Kilmer Forest.  We have forests, fields, 2 creeks, 2 houses, a wood working shop, a mechanic shop, a vegetable garden, a medicinal herb garden, a couple fruit trees, blackberry and black raspberry patches, mushroom logs, wild edibles, etc, etc.

Our people and pets:
My husband and I share one house, my parents are in the other.  Between us we have two 70-80lb, well trained, friendly dogs, 5 cats, 1 parrot, 6 chickens and a couple small ponds of fish.

Your room and board:
You will have an apartment that is the lower level of my parent’s house with a private entrance, deck with mountain views, living room, bedroom, dining room, laundry. There is a full kitchen, every thing is hooked up except the oven (you will help us put in the electrical circuit).  Until the oven is connected, there is a toaster oven and microwave.  There is a full bath, but it is in the middle of renovations.  Toilet works fine.  You will help us install the plumbing for the shower tub, and finish the walls and floors for the bathroom.  Till then, you are welcome to shower in our guest bath. We will also give you $75/week.  

What we expect from you:
A willingness to work hard and learn!  I work 2 days a week in a town an hour away.  You will have those days off.  On the days we work on the homestead, it will be 3 to 8 hours depending on the project.  No early mornings unless that’s your preference.  You have to be able to entertain yourself.  You will have limited wifi and cell, we do have a landline phone, you will have TV.
We are pretty middle of the road folks.  We are tolerant and open minded, but we do NOT want extremists or someone who tries push their beliefs on other people.
You will have to get yourself here, or at least to Asheville, NC or Knoxville, TN where we can pick you up.
We prefer a minimum one month commitment but this is negotiable.
We will need references (previous employer, college professor, etc- no friends or family), and a description of your abilities and interests.
Women will be given first dibs.  As a woman, I have found it incredibly empowering to learn all of the skills that we will be teaching you.  I want to share that!
 
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that’s a beautiful area! i hope the right person (or people) turn up for you!
 
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Sent a purple Mooseage.  Hoping to hear form you!
 
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Hi there! I'm super interested in coming to help out on your farm - I'm a 25-yo woman, artist, gardener, and folk herbalist with a huge interest in developing more land-based skills. My grandparents live in Franklin, so the Nantahala has always had such a special place in my heart and it would be an honor to help tend the land there. I would love to learn more about your projects and this opportunity - would you be available to talk further?

Sent you a purple moosage, hope to hear from you soon!

All the best,
Lindsay
 
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Good day!
My name is Matthew. I am a permaculture) ecological restoration "veteran" lol. I am wondering if you found your perfect fit or it you're still looking for that certain someone. I am interested to hear more. Let's talk. samadhisynergy@gmail.com.
Have a great day!
 
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