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Somerset
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 3
Persons: Single or a couple
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 29211
Country: England

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Last Updated: September 27, 2017

**We have space between 1st to 15th October for helpers who want to stay one or two weeks. This will be our last helper opportunities this season.**

We keep poultry and rabbits and have a vegetable garden at our house in a small village on the Quantock Hills. We are also involved with our family horticultural nursery and smallholding two miles away, where our family also has beehives. We sell eggs and breed and sell ducks, hens and rabbits. We run courses in poultry-keeping from beginners to advanced levels (that helpers are welcome to participate in). We have an interest in sustainable/local food production and are starting to experiment with perennial vegetables and how chickens and ducks can be integrated in to a system. We kill and prepare our own chicken for the table.

We are looking for help for about 28 hours a week, spread to be mutually convenient.

After being shown how and becoming confident we like helpers to take responsibility for feeding and watering the rabbits and chickens in the morning, most mornings. This usually takes about an hour to do properly. Livestock also needs feeding in the afternoon and putting to bed at night and eggs need collecting.

Currently we desperately need help with weeding - nettles, bindweed and docks are taking over the garden! We also need help building a small hen-house and tidying up poultry pens and housing.

**You MUST bring a sleeping bag, boots and waterproofs.**

Our helper sleeping accommodation is a small chalet in a private corner of the garden with a small double bed, heating, electricity and wifi. Bathroom, kitchen and living-room facilities are shared in the house. We can take helpers travelling alone or as a couple. The accommodation is probably not suitable for a pair of friends as the bed is very small. Helpers can expect a cooked meal from us once a day, usually at lunch, and can make their breakfast and supper from what we have in the kitchen and fridge (and garden!). Vegetarians and Vegans are welcome but will have to cater entirely for themselves. Please bring this up when you message us.

We have bicycles, maps and local tourist information available. We are located about eight miles from Taunton on a bus route and our quiet, pretty village is an ideal starting place for walking and cycling on the Quantock Hills. Local travel routes can be found on the website travelinesw.com and tourism info is at visitsomerset.co.uk. The village website is www.west-bagborough.org.uk.

We are a married couple in our forties. Our children are nine and ten. Paul's background is in theatre and Cheryl grew up on the family smallholding and spent twenty years in the IT industry and adult education before coming home. We are techie, greenish, leftish, arty. English is our first language and between us we can get by in French. Our younger child is severely disabled and as a result we are also fluent in sign language, largely Makaton. Our children are small enough to need more or less constant adult engagement when they are not at school, so it is important that helpers are comfortable with children.

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