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  • Email: avangunst@gmail.com
  • Location: 538 Graham Rd. Marshall, NC
  • Phone: 828.545.9202
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Our farm is 25 acres of hill pasture in Madison County, about 30 minutes outside of Asheville. We are in our 2nd year of setting up a sheep dairy on our land and our hope is to be certified Grade A and selling sheep's milk and yogurt by spring of 2018. We currently have about 45 East Friesian sheep and our goal is to reach 75 milking ewes in the next 5-10 years. In addition to raising dairy sheep we also run our farm as a homestead: we intensively grow vegetables an ⅛ acre, we are setting up a 1/4 acre orchard, we raise 40 laying hens, several cows in the summer and 2 pigs / year. This is all for on-farm use for ourselves and others that work here and help out. Our ideal is to transition to be a GMO-free farm in the next 2-3 years, and be 100% grass based within this time as well. We currently have one couple who lives on the farm in a work trade arrangement.
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  • We currently have wool and sheep skins for sale.
  • About purchasing from Grassroots...

    “Tim and Andrea both excel at animal husbandry and produce quality farm products.”

    - Katie, farmer peer and owner/operator of Homemade in Marshall

    Our work schedule…

    We are looking for 1 - 2 volunteers for this spring, summer and fall (May - November). Our ideal would be to find 1 person who would come out 2x / week and work a 4 hour shift each time. We hope that the volunteer could commit to a 3-4 month time period.

    Farm days are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 - 5:30. Starting in April (when the grass starts growing) all farm days start with chores and moving fences. We are currently in a push to overhaul our fences and build out milk parlor so volunteers can expect to participate in these projects as well. Volunteers would be working with at least 1 other person and up to 3 other people on work days.

    Compensation offered...

    We are providing a "veg and protein" CSA for volunteers who commit to coming out 2 times (or 8 hours) per week. This CSA will contain veggies, beef, lamb and eggs and pork in the fall. We are also open to sharing wool and skins with committed volunteers. We offer educational opportunities in fencing, rotational grazing, sheep care, small scale vegetable farming and overall farm set up.

    Our farm is a very active member in the CRAFT network.

    Our location...

    We live in a beautiful part of the world! We're 30 minutes to Asheville, 10 minutes to downtown Marshall and 20 minutes to Hot Springs. We live on a dead-end road and we have an amazing community of neighbors who love to help and hang out. We are open minded people who love to work hard, laugh and learn from others.

    What we’re looking for...

    You need to have your own transportation. We would expect you to be here on time and come rested, fed and prepared for the day. Construction skills would be very welcome! Brute strength is very welcome! Awareness and respect for animals and all others is a must. Ideally you're comfortable with hand tools and some power tools. But if you're not, we have work to do in the garden and in setting up the orchard so we can most likely find a place for you to fit in!

    To inquire about employment opportunities, please contact Andrea VanGunst (farm owner/operator) by phone during the day or by email.

    About working for Grassroots...

    “It’s always great to go and work with [Tim & Andrea]. Though I should say that my working with them was more from the standpoint of a friend lending a hand (though they did compensate me for my time).”

    - Ryan, friend, employee, neighbor and operator of Fiddler’s Green

    We welcome visitors but would like this to be by appointment out of consideration for our schedule. Please contact Andrea, either by phone during the day or by email, to arrange a time to stop by.

    Our website is currently under construction and our Facebook page is not well managed. Please check back in 2-3 months to see our finished website!

    About purchasing from Grassroots...

    “Tim and Andrea both excel at animal husbandry and produce quality farm products.”

    - Katie, farmer peer and owner/operator of Homemade in Marshall

    About working for Grassroots...

    “It’s always great to go and work with [Tim & Andrea]. Though I should say that my working with them was more from the standpoint of a friend lending a hand (though they did compensate me for my time).”

    - Ryan, friend, employee, neighbor and operator of Fiddler’s Green


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