Case Country Road Farm
Glade Spring, VA
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Farm Description:Our 61 acre farm is nestled in the rolling hills of the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia just north of Abingdon, VA. Glade Spring is a small town with a thriving farmers market that is part of the Town Square revitalization. We have been raising organically grown produce on a small scale for many years and continue to expand to meet the increasing demand for organics. We sell at two local farmers markets, as well as deliver custom orders to individual clientele and local restaurants. We continue to improve and increase our garden areas and have future plans to become certified organic and sell through the local food harvest network. We enjoy trying new ideas and new varieties of produce. We need volunteers from February through mid-November and welcome those who want to stay only a couple of weeks to those who want a full season experience. Accommodations include a fully appointed two bedroom guest house which includes a kitchen, bath w/shower and sink, an outhouse, living and dining room. We provide the basics in the cottage kitchen for volunteers to make their own breakfast and lunch. A full dinner will be provided in the main house. Opportunities for learning include greenhouse planting and care, transplanting, weeding, composting, hand watering, harvesting, packaging and selling at the farmers markets, and sharing in all aspects of farm life. We have Arabian horses that offer potential for care, grooming and riding for the experienced rider on our local Salt Trail. A bicycle is also available. English is the only language spoken. No smoking, children or pets please.
We have been hosting WWOOFers for 5 years now and have had many great experiences.
However, we found that it is best to share our expectations and the type of work that should be expected up front. We have a relatively small organic farm with a raised bed garden, a large standard
tilled garden and a half acre black raspberry field. We do expect WWOOFers to perform daily hands-on manual labor which includes planting, digging, weeding, watering, pest control (picking bugs and applying organic sprays), harvesting, washing pots, spreading compost, mulching, etc. Other farm chores may include mowing, painting and care of tools and equipment. It is a "learn by doing" experience. Typical hours per day are from 7 or 8 am to 3 or 4 pm. This is not fair weather work. While we typically don't work in the rain, it can be cool, hot, humid, dusty, muddy, etc. We find the physical farm work invigorating and satisfying but a few WWOOFers didn't realize "farming is such hard work". We typically attend two farmers markets a week, Thursday afternoon from 3:00-6:00 and Saturday mornings from 7:30-noon. Assistance is expected in preparing, loading the vehicle, setting up at market, selling, breaking down, loading and putting things away once home from the farmers market. The cottage has a heating and cooling unit, along with a wood stove for the colder months. Dinners are provided at the main house daily and staples are provided for breakfast and lunch on your own at the cottage. We appreciate help preparing dinners and expect assistance with clean up after. We do our best to accommodate vegetarian diets but cannot accommodate the stricter vegan diet requirements. There is no cable or internet hook-up but the library in town (approximately 2.5 miles) has computer access. A Laundromat is also available there. We have (7) horses including (6) Arabians, (6) cats and (2) dogs. Assistance feeding and cleaning up after the horses and walking the dogs is appreciated. Some of the horses are trained. Riding for the experienced rider can be made available and beginning rider training can be accommodated as time allows. A waiver for injury will have to be signed before riding.
Comments from two of prior wwoofers include: (1) I spent three months wwoofing on this farm and it was the best summer I'd had in a long time. The farm is big enough so that there's plenty of pleasant work to do, but not so big that the work is overwhelming. There is a lovely cottage where you will stay, and with the cats, dogs and horses, the host's delicious dinners and all the friendly people from Glade Spring will surely make you feel at home. However, be aware that it is only for those who are willing to work hard! (2) This farm was a great place to spend 2 months of my summer. The host keeps her farm clean and pretty, and her organization ensures that everything gets planted, tended and harvested in a timely manner. My favorite activities included picking wild blackberries and digging Russian Banana potatoes. We always finished the day with a dinner together and walked back to our cabin every night quite happy.
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