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Ambleside
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 22
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 32925
Country: England

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Last Updated: September 13, 2016

There are a number of renovation jobs happening on the farm at the moment as we are renovating a cottage and there is a lot cleanup work gardening required. Also support in the house with meals, childcare and housekeeping is always very helpful.
Old Farm is a small unimproved lakeland farm, which has been in the family since 1954. It is located 1.5 miles from the nearest village, Hawkshead, a pleasant half an hour walk or short bike ride away. Three generations live on the farm now, Lisa, daughter Becky, son-in-law Mike and three small children. We keep ponies, shetland sheep for meat and wool, goats for milk and a few hens. Produce from the animals is sold direct to customers as well as at local fairs and markets.
Although uncertified, we follow organic and biodynamic principles when we can, using predominantly hand tools and human power to get jobs done. Walling, scything, fencing, mucking out, goat milking in March after kids are due, log splitting, gardening and general animal husbandry are all regular outside activities. There are also opportunities to prepare milk and wool products.
Mike is employed full-time at a local scientific research institute and Becky works at a local cafe, so they fit the farm around their jobs. Lisa shares her time between childcare and the animals.
We are looking for enthusiastic, flexible-minded people who are not afraid of a bit of hard work in potentially interesting weather. Help with childcare, cooking and cleaning is always greatly appreciated. Becky speaks fluent German, Lisa has a bit of French and Mike and Becky have a tiny bit of Japanese but learning ;) Look forward to hearing from you!

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