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greetings all, please feel free to forward or share with others you know who may be interested in the following call:

the woodland harvest mountain farm family is seeking folks to co-create a community oriented permaculture collective to steward the land and continue offering teaching and learning opportunities and outreach efforts in our community and beyond!

we are a unique family of four with two boys, 10 & 14 and two awesome moms! woodland harvest is a vibrant colorful ever-evolving permaculture homestead that continually learns, loves, and grows from and through the many people who pass through each season like work traders, friends, beloveds, community members, college students, and other earth enthusiasts. learn more about the farm and our history through our website at

we plan to spend our later years at woodland harvest & some months each year, but have decided while our kids are still young we’re taking our family on the road for more traveling adventures! over the next few years we envision a collaborative situation where two to six or so eager dedicated somewhat experienced permaculturists live on and work the land to maintain and grow woodland harvest through a permaculture lense. we would like each person to commit to a minimum 9-12 month stay. we ask for a sliding scale dollar commitment of $300-$500 per adult per month. we’re willing to host folks with children and will negotiate additional dollar commitments. there are several options for sleeping which are negotiable based on who wants to stay where & for how long, etc.

skills required within collective -- we realize that not every person will have skills in every area, and they’ll certainly be better honed while here, but this is a basic list of essential skills we’ve found necessary to maintain and grow woodland harvest:
♥ carpentry (rough & finish)
♥ alternative energy installation, maintenance & problem solving
♥ how to use basic tools (ie. shovels, post hole diggers, hammers, chainsaws)
♥ understanding of radical weather shifts at nearly 4,000 ft. in the mountains (living & working with snow, ice, rain, wind, bitter cold, etc.)
♥ general homestead problem solving
♥ organic & biodynamic gardening
water management (ie. plumbing, graywater, spring maintenance)
♥ consensus process, group facilitation, conflict resolution, participatory democracy & community building
♥ open attitudes & social dynamism when interacting with guests and community members
♥ cooking for and with large groups of folks in a rustic setting
♥ entrepreneurial mindset & skills (ie. small business management, finances, marketing, planning, etc.)

our basic expectations of the collective:
♥ maintain infrastructure & further projects in progress
♥ maintain off-grid electrical system & possible renewable energy installations
♥ maintain and improve water systems (gravity fed spring water, graywater, etc.)
♥ harvest & season wood from land for woodstove heat & cooking
♥ problem solve (ie. frozen pipes, fallen tree, low electricity, leaky windows, loose dogs, etc.)
♥ take initiative around projects that interest you which further the vision of woodland harvest
♥ seek donations of time, money, expertise, and resources on an on-going basis & participate in & promote barter/trade
♥ offer teaching & learning opportunities in line with our permaculture values
♥ participate in local events & offerings to promote farm products & teaching & learning opportunities
♥ maintain relationship with WWOOF, Alternative Spring Break & other partner organizations
♥ maintain cabin rentals for income offsets

farm assets to share with collective:
♥ 16 acres at the end of the end of the road, bordered by 4000 protected Nature Conservancy & Bird Sanctuary acres
♥ 1000 square foot off-grid farmhouse
♥ 24 volt (two battery banks), 4000 watt Xantrex inverter, Morningstar charge controller, custom micro-hydro system & 240 watt solar PVC electricity
♥ male & female Great Pyrennes guard dogs & mixed-breed little hound mutt & several barn mouser cats will remain on site
♥ 12 laying hens & 1 rooster, 4 ducks
♥ graywater drainage systems
humanure composting systems
♥ multiple out-buildings
♥ two creeks, multiple springs, abundant water for now
♥ gravity fed spring water 24/7/365
♥ 1/3 acre gravity fed pond with catfish, bass, trout & too many bluegills
♥ approximately 3 acres fenced for dogs, children, privacy, etc.
♥ 1/3 acre fenced vegetable/herb garden space
♥ thriving 70-100 year old apple orchard with new permaculture design food forest additions over last 5 years
♥ new plantings include: persimmon, plum, peach, juneberries, pear, hardy kiwi, grapes, blueberries, black raspberries, strawberry living roof, herb spiral, arbors, elderberries, etc.
♥ approximately 12-14 acres of hardwood forest with diverse flora & fauna including dozens of medicinal & culinary woodland plants & mushrooms for wildcrafting
♥ small trail system throughout forest
♥ amazing views at upper sections of the land
♥ regular wildlife & bird sightings.-
♥ abundant supply of locust for posts, building support, firewood, etc.
♥ numerous hand tools & primitive logging & agroforestry tools
♥ Husquavarna 455 Rancher chainsaw
♥ Poulan 5hp tiller
♥ snow blower
♥ 1995 F250 Ford farm truck that often needs tlc
♥ biodiesel processor with all components
♥ mechanics wrenches & tools
♥ plumbing tools for copper & PEX
♥ thriving WWOOF relationship
♥ members of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Partnership, CFSA, & Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture & annual Farm Tour participants
♥ good local relationships for barter & trade & some small opportunities in place for product sales in Boone & Ashe county
♥ potential for onsite farm sales or road side stand at top of driveway, maple tapping, mushroom cultivation, wildcrafting, etc.

for folks who are seriously interested in becoming a part of the woodland harvest family, we prefer an email introduction with details around your desires and goals to live at woodland harvest and some background information about yourself and skills, resources, strengths, weaknesses, etc., that you’d bring to the farm. we hope to have folks join the farmstead by may and june to have some overlapping time with us on the farm before we depart. we’re so excited to share our magical space with folks in this new creative way and look forward to what and who the future brings!

blessed be, elizabeth, lisa, landrum & aydan
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