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Barefoot Gardens
17 reviews
· Vilonia, Arkansas
13 acres
3 sites
3 Tent
When we moved to this land in the Spring of 2018, there was only a water spigot and a 14x14 structure that was basically a glorified shed... Now, 3.5 years later, we have created many fun spaces and built many structures for our many hobbies and passions. We have built a small workshop, a rock cutting/shaping area and decked out a shed with a jewelry making station and a long marble counter top for sewing projects. We have built a 3 level treefort with a crow's nest and a 10x12 covered and screen enclosed platform in the woods for guests to stay in. Although we still haven't built our house yet, we live comfortably in a 40 ft. camper that we have built a stout pole barn roof over and a covered porch in front that we have made so we can better host gatherings. (We are taking steps towards building our home, which will be an Earthbag house connected to a shipping container. Our current project is getting a shipping container so that we can have create a proper workshop, so that we may begin building our actual home.) We have also created a large garden with 9 beds, using various aspects of Permaculture, including several Hugelculture beds. We created a comfortable and private outside shower in the upper corner of the garden, that is perfect after a long day of having our hands in the soil! (Meredith has named it the "Flower Shower" as we have several Lavender bushes, Sage and some beautiful Poppies that peek over at us as we shower.) Because this is Arkansas, and we live at the top of a ridge, our topsoil is mainly clay and rocks... so one of the first endeavors we started was creating a 5 bin mass composting system to build up our soil for our gardens. We found grocery stores and coffee shops to donate hundreds of pounds of old produce and coffee grounds. Since our arrival we have made almost 2.5 tons of beautiful compost and continue to do so today! We have planted 14 fruit and nut trees and started a 'Berry Orchard'. Closer to the house is a wonderful Herb Spiral that showcases over 20 medicinal and cooking herbs and we have a dozen more herbs in the other garden and around our land as well. We also have been planting a food forest outside the garden area, growing PawPaw trees, Gooseberries, Jerusalem Artichokes and Opossum grapes for the critters... so they may leave our actual garden alone, but they can still come close to get a tasty snack. We have also built a large chicken coop for our 25+ egg layer chickens and 2 turkeys that free range our yard, as well as a mobile 'chicken tractor' that our meat chickens live and get moved to a new spot every 2 days. Our friend who camped in our woods for several seasons has carved over a mile of trails through our woods, criss-crossing over our seasonal springs that we have built bridges over. Our trails go up and down the mossy topped valleys and ridges that makes up our 13 acres and we are still trying to figure out where they all go! Hahaha!   One aspect about all this that we are extremely proud of, is that we have built 75% or more out of RECLAIMED MATERIALS and RECLAIMED LUMBER (and made it look good!) Learn more about this land: We are located only 12 miles from I-40, just north of Vilonia. Our Homestead Farm: Barefoot Gardens, is on 8 acres of hardwood forest, where we use various Permaculture techniques to grow over 140+ varieties of various herbs, fruits, vegetables, trees and flowers! The nights here are peaceful and filled with the soothing sounds of treefrogs. Fireflies dance in the night air as the stars peak thru the leaves overhead! (We commonly camp in our own yard for this exact same reason!) Besides multiple camping locations and a beautiful forest, we also host over a dozen Educational Workshops and Homestead Demonstrations! Most all workshops/demonstrations are kid friendly as well! (Workshops are listed below in this description. They are also listed in the 'Extras' section of our HC profile.) Here at Barefoot Gardens, you will find many fun and interesting places to explore and enjoy! Here is a list of some of our favorites! - A 10x12 secluded, screen enclosed, roofed platform (10x12) is available for camping in the forest. This location is 600 ft. from parking area. Electricity is provided (No A/C or heat, please!) A firepit with a metal cooking grill and a small picnic table are also provided. A compost toilet is attached to the backside of the platform as well. Multiple hiking trails intersect near and around this area! - Tent camping is available in various locations throughout the yard and forest, with available access to electricity and water (No A/C or heat, please!) - Plenty of great places to hang up hammocks! (Including our 3 level Treefort!) - RV's and pull behind camper's welcome! (up to 25 feet only please) Only very QUIET generators are allowed! If you need to run your A/C or heat for extended periods of time, while hooked into our electricity, please add $10 onto each day you stay with us!  And NO... you cannot empty your black water tank here.    [4 day maximum stay, please!] - Firepits available next to campsite locations  - An outside shower located in the large garden  AKA 'The Flower Shower" (warm season only.)  - Over a mile of hiking trails, with bridges that cross over seasonal springs and moss covered ridges. Trails go up and down several valleys and ridges, so there are several rest spots along the way. (Trails have been clearly marked with Blue trail markers, for easy navigation!) - A large Herb Spiral featuring 25+ medicinal/cooking herbs and over a dozen more in our main garden and yard as well! - Fresh picked greens, veggies, berries and Farm Fresh Chicken/Turkey eggs from our chickens are available for purchase too! (Located in the 'GOODS' section of our HipCamp profile! (Fruit/Veggie/Egg availability change depending on time of year.) Besides all the beauty, trails and fun here at Barefoot Gardens... we also host multiple informative and educational workshops! More info about these can be found in the 'EXTRAS' section of our HipCamp profile! Gardening, Plants & Permaculture Workshops Include:  1. "Herb Identification & Use" (= $5)     2. "Permaculture Tricks, Tips & Techniques" (= $5)     3. "Composting Like a Boss" (= $5)     4. "Foraging For Food in Arkansas" (= $5)     [Availability and diversity depends on season.]   Homesteading Workshops Include:    5. "How to Clean & Process Chickens" (= $20)     6. "Soap Making" (= $10)      [Text and ask about availability of both these workshops beforehand, please!] Crystals & Jewelry Making Workshops Include:    7. "Arkansas Quartz Crystal/Mineral Mining" (= $30)   [**Hosted OFF SITE!**]     8. "Shaping/Cutting Rocks & Crystals" (= $15)     9. "How to WireWrap Crystals & Stones" (= $12)     10. "Creating Hammered Copper Jewelry" (= $10) We also have various Farm Fresh Produce and Freerange Chicken Eggs available! (Ask us what produce we have in our garden during your stay!) And we have various types of Hand Collected Crystals and Minerals, Handmade Jewelry, Anti-Poison Ivy Soaps/Salves available (and more) in our "GOODS" section of our HipCamp profile!   ** Although we don't have a swimhole on site... there is a Beautiful 'Secret Swimhole' only a short drive away!
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Vilonia, Arkansas, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Ethan C.Joined in May 2021
19 Ratings · 17 reviews
Grace L.recommends
September 14, 2022
Tent #1 (primitive)
Hosts were so kind and inviting! Loved my stay and definitely recommend! :)
Beka S.recommends
August 28, 2022
Tent #1 (primitive)
Ethan was very friendly and helped us feel at ease! The bungalow perfect for our camping mats, so we didn’t even need to put up our tent. The toilet was easy to use as well.
Caroline D.recommends
August 24, 2022
Tent #1 (primitive)
Homesteading in Arkansas
I was thrilled to have met Ethan and his little family. They were all kind and hospitable. He made sure that I was well taken care of and we had great conversation. When I got there he showed me around his Permaculture homestead. It was so beautiful. I got to see chickens, roosters, ducks, composting, gardens, among other things. He showed me his huge “rock” collection where he goes to different locations to find stones that he works on to make crystals and jewelry. I loved that! He had set me up in the open air bungalow in the woods and I used my bed roll. Good thing because it had been raining all afternoon once I got there. But that didn’t deter my sweet and peaceful overnight stay. He also teaches classes on how to do many different things so when you choose to stay here, be sure to hit him up for a cool class! Oh and I almost forgot, he is a bee keeper with one hive but that was so cool to see! I stood near the bees and they were amazing as I watched them do their thing. I would highly recommend this little heavenly homestead. Thank you so much for a great time!
Lauren C.recommends
May 2, 2022
Screened Bungalow in the Woods
A great little quiet space to rest. Very close to lots of hiking and Ethan and his family are very welcome. The animals are incredibly sweet.
Stephanie S.recommends
April 24, 2022
Screened Bungalow in the Woods
We loved camping here as couple with our infant. Bungalow was awesome, with rain proof roof and bug proof screen, and Ethan was friendly and accommodating. He showed us around the property on arrival and made sure to bring us a fan since it was a little hot when we showed up. We bought eggs to eat for breakfast and they were delicious. Overall a great first camping trip for our girl!
Rachel G.recommends
March 9, 2022
Tent #2 (primitive)
A lovely place to stay! Very environmentally conscious and I loved the pets we got to see.
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