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Area (ha): 2
Persons: 5
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 36215
Country: England

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Last Updated: May 12, 2017

We are getting booked up quickly but we still have space for helpers with construction and making things,skills. Also May onwards people with large animal experience especially horse people who can help to train the two new calves due to be born then.
This is going to be a big year of change we are going to build a new site on a wooded valley high up above our town. A giant greenhouse is planned which you can help us construct.

Longer term stays are always preferable for us then we can get to know you and build on our striengths. Last year we had 28 guest workers for an average of a month each.

Our Farm is a not for profit social enterprise. we are re learning and teaching farming skills for the uncertain future.

We are located in a small town the heart of the Pennine hills, in a stunning landscape. It rains a lot here, but there is a really friendly local culture and several big cities within easy reach.

We use permaculture methods and many innovative techniques to produce almost year round for direct sales and local eateries.
We also produce fruit trees, and have two young Jersey cows and poultry.
We are very hard working but have an informal atmosphere. We also host school parties and go out to teach growing in youth clubs and schools.
You might find yourself helping to grow veg, milk the cows, teach schoolchildren, make smoothies at festivals or give a tour of the site to a group of Chinese visitors. Anything is possible!

We have three staff, Nick our director, Mike our grower and Rob the apprentice.

We we have a communal farm lunch most weekdays this is our main meal, evening meals are self catering and there is a well equipped and stocked kitchen (potatoes, onions, rice, lentils, noodles, etc etc) free for the use of helpers there are are also usually eggs, veg etc available to harvest and pick. Shops and pubs are 5 minutes walk and the lively town of Todmorden is 2 miles.
Accommodation is a caravan which can sleep two, a cabin on wheels for one, and a shipping container based office which also sleeps 2 then theres the hay barn with the cows!........

Some of the accommodation this year will be tents on the very beautiful new hilltop site, a bit more remote than the existing farm, but still on a bus route and close to a pub with wifi etc.

We are totally off grid but have good infrastructure. There is internet on site, compost toilet and a shower. We have no mains water and our electricity is all from solar panels so we need to be economical with their use.
There are wood burning stoves in the caravans/cabins, and plenty of fuel, but its a cold muddy wet place to spend the winter, so hardyness is required. saying that our farm director lives on site in similar accommodation !

We are an experimental farm with an interest in research and teaching, we welcome students of agriculture and disciplines related to food culture and security. We like to tell the world what we are doing so if you can take good photos and write happy blogs for social media (in any language) that would be magnificent, spiffing and just plain nice!

We prefer longer term guests, one month or more but outside the peak summer season we are flexible, especially if you have horse or cow experience, can cook, juggle turnips or drink water backwards!

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