About our homestead & Natural Preserve
We are a working farm, 100% off grid, in Calhoun County, West Virginia, USA
Our homestead consists of 180+ acres of mountain wildland, a fully off-grid home, working farm, and hiking trails in Calhoun County, WV. Our area provides excellent dark sky conditions, where the hilltops offer stunning views of the night sky and celestial events. We came to the property in 2021, and continue to improve our homestead and increase regular maintenance of wild areas. We currently raise chickens for eggs and meat, cultivate fruit trees, and grow our own seasonal produce.
we empower people to feel at home in nature
We are self-taught mountaineers, who believe anyone can cultivate a safe and sustainable relationship with nature. We have experience in:
-Foraging edible greens, flowers, and berries
-Navigating and traversing rugged terrain
-Camping and survival in a variety of weather conditions
-Identifying wildlife, tracks, and natural signs
-Planning outdoor events in off-grid settings
And we’ll be happy to share what we know!
Lask & Spencer Grey Kindred
We are a married couple, who are fulfilling our personal dream of owning off-grid property and supporting spiritual development through healthy engagement with nature. We are each ordained and working clergy (Spencer in Zen Buddhism, and Lask in general Paganism), who run a spiritual counseling business, and work as independent contractors. We personally perform all of the routine maintenance and labor required on our homestead, and enjoy helping visitor plan unique stays.
We are members of the LGBTQ community, and each have educational backgrounds in English, Writing, and Classics. Lask’s professional experience is in graphic design and website development. Spencer’s professional background includes corporate training and healthcare. We consider ourselves jacks-of-all-trades when it comes to essential everyday skills.
Emberheart is located on the lands of the southern Allegheny Plateau near the Ohio River, the traditional lands of the Mekoche, a people of the Shawnee. We honor the land itself, and acknowledge with deep gratitude the people who stewarded it throughout generations since the beginning of human history.
The Shawnee faced great injustice and hardship brought by infectious diseases, wars, displacement and cultural erosion caused by European colonizers. But the Shawnee people are still very much present in the U.S. today. We encourage visitors to learn about and support the Shawnee tribe.