Musick Mountain Farm

Williamsburg, KY

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My farm is nestled in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of southeast Kentucky. I live on a forested mountain with a pond, hiking opportunities, and fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. My oldest daughter lives on the farm but due to job and school has limited time to help run the farm. I have approximately 1 acre where I grow a wide variety of organic vegetables including onions, beets, sweet potatoes, potatoes, arugula, dill, cilantro, basil, parsley, carrots, beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers, peas, turnips, radishes, winter squash, pumpkins, lettuce, spinach, bok choy, mustard, kale, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, swiss chard, celery, garlic, okra, zucchini, yellow summer squash, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe and kohlrabi . I also maintain an herb garden and take advantage of any wild edible plants or fruit growing on the mountain. I have a beautiful asparagus bed that I started spring 2011. I’m in the process of grafting old heritage varieties of apples and pears that do well without any spraying and hope to be planting blueberry bushes this spring, 2013. I no longer have chickens or geese. I am taking a break until I am able to grow my own feed, thus insuring no GMO grains are fed to the poultry. I also have 3 cats and two very friendly dogs. In 2010 I became Certified Naturally Grown. I am totally committed to running my farm using organic, sustainable methods as well as incorporating biodynamic and permaculture methods. I sell produce at a couple of near-bye farmers markets every Saturday from May to November. I also sell to a small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) consisting of both local and Tennessee-based members. WWOOFers of all races, genders, faiths, and beliefs are welcome and will be expected to work 5-6 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week and will assist in a variety of areas, depending on the season. There will be ample hands-on opportunities to learn how to start seedlings in the green house, prepare ground for planting, planting, transplanting, irrigation, crop rotation, cover-cropping, raised beds, composting, weeding, mulching, harvesting, seed-saving, mowing, weed eating, tilling, using season-extending hoop houses, using low tunnels and floating row cover, and sales and marketing. There will also be opportunities to learn how to freeze, can, pickle, and dry the produce of the season as well as learn how to cook healthy, well-balanced, vegetarian meals (provided three times a day). WWOOFers are welcome to stay in a small room in the upstairs of the workshop located a short distance in back of my small, but cozy, family-built house. WWOOFers are also welcome to camp. I request neatness, respect, a positive attitude, and help with daily chores such as animal care (I have two friendly dogs and three adorable cats that all live outside). Kitchen help and general cleaning would be much appreciated as well. I would prefer WWOOFers to stay for a minimum of one week, with shorter stays negotiable and longer stays recommended, depending on attitude, helpfulness, and compatibility. Year-round work is available, and I am especially looking for a season-long intern to help run the farm. WWOOFers are welcome to bring cars, but personal transportation is by no means necessary, as I would be happy to provide transportation to scenic areas or town for treats and cell phone service as well as transport from airport or bus station. Off-farm opportunities include a beautiful hike to see a nearby waterfall, located only a 30 minute drive away. Local music also provides some weekend entertainment in addition to visits to other organic farms in the area, for work or pleasure. WWOOFers would be welcome to practice yoga with me and accompany me to Native American sweat lodge ceremonies at a neighboring farm. WWOOFers should be equipped with clothes and shoes hardy enough for outdoor work, a flashlight, and a small amount of money for any treats in town. A visit to my farm would let WWOOFers get a taste of how to be as self-sufficient as possible, and how to grow for a living amidst beautiful scenery, and night skies that will make you leave a little part of your heart here in the mountains of southeast Kentucky.

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