Our farm is going through a transition from a straight dairy farm to more of group sustaining place using permaculture, animal husbandry, and lower entropy farming methods. Our goal is to build a diverse community practicing agriculture, and sharing lives. There is room here for additional businesses centered on beekeeping, textiles, mushrooms, soap making, and other cottage industries.
We're starting off with rooms for rent, with garden, barn, and pasture space on our 33 acre grass-fed dairy farm in Southwestern Virginia. Apprenticeships or partnerships or long term arrangements are what we're looking for. Seeking individuals with interest in permaculture, fermentation, historical agriculture, bee keeping, chickens, excellent references and similar lifestyles. Help with gardens, dairy and livestock in exchange for organic produce, milk, etc. Share house with other renters and owners(sleeping only).
We currently cultivate a range of vegetables, dairy cows and some fruittrees. Hopefully we'll be adding a small poultry flock and, pigs soon, though if someone else wanted to head that up, that would work out well. Orchard planting continues, as well as many other interesting projects. Current emphasis is towards group-sufficency and a range of historical farming skills and approaches.
Land has nice features for diversified farming (good wells, soil, springs, and nearby markets). Rooms are available starting February 1st- $400 per month, including utilities. We have three private rooms, separate bath(share with other renter(s)), upstairs sitting room, downstairs sitting/work room, own entrance, ample parking. Kitchen shared with other renters(dishwasher, gas stove) /dining area, washer/dryer in 2800 sq ft round house.
Short drive to Floyd and the Blue Ridge Parkway. All utilities included, hi-speed internet and cable TV (optional). 45 minute drive to Blacksburg/Christiansburg area and Virginia Tech. Pets considered, must be compatible with existing work dogs. Appropriate arrangements to secure trust can be discussed. Anyone interested please drop us a line!