All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 40
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 3026
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Last Updated: October 14, 2017
The hillside property of Treflach Farm has been in the family since 1904. For the majority of this time the farm was a traditional dairy farm reliant on petrochemical fertilisers, feed supplements and red diesel. In August 2006 I (Ian) returned from working abroad to start a new business on the farm to prove small scale agriculture can be environmentally aware, promote biodiversity and remain viable in a difficult and competitive market such as food production.
Today Treflach Farm:
• Operates an on farm butchery and bakery
• Is an employer both on the farm outside Oswestry, Shropshire where we look after the land, animals, run courses & make pies, and in Hatfield, Herts for delivering into London and the SE
• Is a real working farm with free range animals
• Distributes chilled food products on behalf of national award winning chefs & food producers
The proceeds from these activities are re-invested by a Community Interest Company providing horticultural therapy projects for a wide range of local people. Engaged with local health authorities and local & regional HE colleges, the farm predominantly provides these projects to young adults with a wide range of learning difficulties & disabilities and adults with mental health issues.
All funded through the sale of our #tastypies!
As a participant in the Higher Level Environmental Stewardship scheme the farm is fully engaged with ‘Natural England’, an organisation promoting biodiversity and environmental awareness through modern farming practices.
Volunteer accommodation is in a cosy upstairs room; the old Granary (sometimes used as a classroom in the case of inclement weather).
Brekkie and lunch is provided, your evening meal is self-catered in a purpose kitted out kitchenette/dining room/tea break room/library (the Old Stable), but ingredients are available from our little farm shop and we can provide transport to the local town of Oswestry for shopping etc.
Tasks are entirely negotiable depending on interests and experience but could include feeding animals, gardening, repointing ancient stone walls, hedge cutting, fencing, straw bale stacking and numerous others!
Currently we are in the process of building a straw bale toilet and shower block cladding the structure with a clay render (with clay dug from the farm).
Also, with autuumn well upon us lots of things are coming to the end of their growing period and need harvesting (apples/plums/damsons etc). Then there is the infrastructure work to get ready for the next growing season.
We don’t use herbicide on Treflach farm and so weed control is all done by hand. This can be exhausting for one person, but a few people doing a little bit every day can make an onerous task much more fun!
Finally, we have planning permission for transforming an old barn into a bunkhouse so we can offer luxurious residential farm stays to our client groups, rather than just day services. We have got so far but there’s lots more to do – including processing the trees we have cut down from our own woodland into materials we can use when they have dried out in 12-18months.
We are looking for a one or two volunteers to join us for (to start) a 2 week stay, after 10 days we would sit down and discuss if the stay would be extended or, without any questions asked, either party can decide to call it a day.
Work is from 9am – 4:30pm each day, 40mins for lunch at about 1pm - and tea/coffee breaks when needed! Weekends are your own (unless there is something special going on like a community day) and there are lots of places to visit near the farm…
• 1/2hr away you have the historic towns of Shrewsbury and Chester
• 45mins there is Snowdonia or the South Shropshire Hills
• 1hr away is Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and all of the North Wales coast
Do have a look at our website to find out more about what we're doing and phone us or email us if you have any questions.
Looking forward to hearing from you!