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elizabeth west
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the woodland harvest mountain farm family is seeking folks to join our co-created community oriented permaculture farmstead collective to steward the land and continue offering teaching and learning opportunities in our community and beyond!

we are a unique family with two awesome boys, 12 & 15, two awesome moms, one caretaker/steward and a variety of animals! woodland harvest is a vibrant unique ever-evolving permaculture teaching & learning farmstead that continually grows with the many people who pass through each season from work traders, friends, family, beloveds, community members, college students, to other earth enthusiasts.

our family spends many months each year in North Carolina on our farmstead, and we also travel some each year to further or teaching & learning skills and give our boys a chance to see other lands.  this season, we’re taking our family on the road again to steward land and build community across the country for a couple months, so we're looking for the perfect folks to come try their hands at homesteading, gardening, living on and with the land for the growing season or possibly longer!

we cannot run the farmstead alone, whether were here full-time or not.  we’ve been experimenting with a variety of living situations here & at other farms.  we envision a collaborative situation where five-eight or so eager dedicated somewhat experienced farmer homesteaders live on and work the land to maintain and grow woodland harvest through a permaculture lens.  we would like each person to commit to a minimum 3-12 month stay with possible longer lease opportunities available. we ask for $300 per adult per month, but that is negotiable based on many variables.  there are several options for sleeping indoors or outdoors or parking an RV or tiny house, etc.  we have one full-time steward, Mike who lives in a small hand-tool built cabin, and we hope that perhaps a small group of likeminded folks and/or some partners, friends, etc., will join us soon.

skills required within collective -- we realize that not every person will have skills in every area, and they’ll certainly be better honed or learned while here. which is why we know that it takes a collective to live with such intention.  following is a basic list of essential skills we’ve found necessary to maintain and grow the woodland harvest spaces and visions:

    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


disclaimer:  we've hosted thousands of people on the land over the past decade from very short visits to multi-year stays.  we've had probably 98% powerful positive experiences with folks.   however, for this situation, we must ensure that the right folks have a temperament that is concordant with the rhythms of the land, animals, and other humans on the land and the vision of the farmstead.  this is a sacred healing land, and we cannot tolerate abuse of any kind for even a moment from property damage to intimidation of women, children, animals, and never violence.
we are a strong loving family and embrace visitors with open hearts.

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 this season 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!  
check us out at woodlandharvest.org or email to woodlandharvestmtnfarm@gmail.com

blessed be, elizabeth, lisa, landrum & aydan
 
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