Emmaus Farm

Goal of Program

Emmaus Farm is a nonprofit retreat center where we host high school and college volunteers for a week of service in the community of rural Lewis County, Kentucky, Appalachian cultural immersion, and spiritual retreat with an emphasis on Catholic Social Teaching. At Emmaus Farm, we invite volunteers to join us in living the cornerstones of service, simplicity, community, and prayer.

Type of Placement

With the supervision of the Director, Farm Managers serve as leaders of the retreat service weeks for short-term volunteers, work on Farm maintenance, and minister to the Lewis County community through home visits and work with community partners. Farm Managers have flexibility to pursue a variety of focuses to support the mission of the Farm and to serve the local community. Sites include ministry of presence at a senior center, nursing home, and home visits; farm stewardship; minor home repair; and Appalachian immersion.

Service Area

We serve in rural Lewis County, Kentucky.

Service Length

We ask for a 1 year commitment from Farm Managers, but are also open to summer service or shorter commitments.

Program Size

1-3 longterm staff, 8-24 week-long volunteers for 8-16 weeks/year


At least 21 years of age; valid driver's license, some college or equivalent life experience, volunteer experience, dedication to the Farm cornerstones of service, simplicity, community, and prayer

Financial Arrangements

$200/month living stipend, room and board, transportation, on-the-job training and skills, health insurance

Living Arrangements

Staff house on site: 1-2 person bedrooms, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, common rooms


Staff retreats throughout the year, on-the-job instruction from the Director

Application Deadline

Rolling - Accepted throughout the year

Start Date


Sarah George


2925 Lower Kinney Rd.
Vanceburg, KY 41179
Phone: 606 796-2363


[email protected]


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