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George Elliott
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Hello everyone!

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 fruit trees. 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!
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Gail Moore
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Location: south central Appalachia, southwest Virginia, US zone 6/7
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Hi George,

Is your farm in W Floyd COunty?

This sounds like a great opportunity for folks.
Best wishes on your adventures.
 
George Elliott
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Hello Gail,

Yes it is in western Floyd County. Where are you living/farming?
 
George Elliott
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I'm bumping to see if there's anyone interested; we're still hoping to find some interesting people!
 
Cy Lynn
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Are children welcome?
 
George Elliott
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Yes, children would be welcome. It would be a different experience for us, but that is by no means a bad thing.

Being on a farm is one of the best ways to grow up.
 
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