All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2.5
Persons: 2+ or family
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 44197
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Last Updated: December 10, 2017
WE ARE SEEKING ENQUIRIES FOR HELPERS DURING ALL OF 2018 FROM FEBRUARY - MINIMUM STAY 4 WEEKS.
The island is designated a place of outstanding natural beauty, a special area of conservation and is known for its Irish music tradition.
INISHBOFIN has a twice daily Winter ferry service connecting it to the mainland, a resident public health nurse, a national school, a shop, a community centre, a library and a pub/B&B, all open for Winter. From Easter (April 1st 2018) onwards, its hotels begin to open as the seasons change, the days get longer, the garden springs to life and the visitor numbers increase.
Lacey's Farm is a project in development and those who volunteer will contribute to the development of a centre whose activities will include being an educational resource focused on sustainable living, renewable technologies, food production in harmony with nature and permaculture.
Since commencing the project in 2011, we (Anthony and Julia) have transformed Lacey's Farm and have created beautiful and productive visitor gardens there and have supplied the tourist market and some local hotels with fresh organically grown garden produce. Although we are not registered as organic, we only use organic methods of vegetable production using no pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertalisers.
We have had our most successful year of development so far in 2017 with a string of energetic and enthusiastic helpers who came to stay on the farm.
Now we want to lay down the foundations for future advancement of the project which may involve cottage upgrade and garden maintenance - depending on the skillset of any helpers. Because we mostly do not live on the island in the winter and we are looking for two people or a family to come to mind our beautifully located farm for the winter and this placing may appeal to adventurous people who would like to settle in this little Wild Atlantic Way gem for the Spring or even longer.
We are offering accommodation, the garden's bounty and a small stipend for time spent engaged in Farm work but also the opportunity to earn extra money cleaning two cottages when these can be let to visitors.
Lacey's farm is a spectacular 2.5 hectare holding on the gently south sloping land overlooking the harbour of the beautiful island of Inishbofin off the Connemara coast – one of the most Westerly places in Europe.
We are developing a beautiful market garden/visitor attraction catering mainly for summer tourists but also for locals. Our long-term aim is to develop a permaculture and sustainability centre – for which we already have planning permission, an artisan food shop - for which a planning application is pending - and the further development of our visitor gardens
Much has already been achieved this year on the garden front and Winter/Spring helpers will be maintaining the gardens and polytunnel, undertaking crop plantings and collecting seaweed to nurture the land.
Since 2011, we have been developing the gardens and accommodation. The lands now include a vegetable garden, a root crop field (where Summer helpers' accommodation - a beautiful caravan with stunning views over the farm and harbour - is located), a polytunnel, the walled garden and a herb garden (planned with seating and also having beautiful views of the comings and goings of the island's harbour). The vegetable garden has been in operation since 2012 and the root crop field since 2014. The other elements were commissioned during 2017 and the continuing upgrading of these are our development projects for 2018.
We have also constructed a new kitchen to process the garden bounty and a shower/toilet/wash house for use by helpers and visitors alike. We invite enquiries for helpers from February 2018 onwards.
Anthony grows the vegetables and Julia has developed some fantastic jams, chutneys, hummus, cordials and other products made from the garden bounty. We sell these items and our fresh veg (plus some stunning Italian organic olive oil and fairtrade/organic coffee) from the farm and at the weekly Summer market.
We are looking for practical helpers with good skills for working in the garden and doing house maintenance.
Ideal candidates will be focused and organized self starters, be able to turn their hand to most jobs and will have a love of nature and the outdoors. References from some sources are preferred but we may accept non-helpx references if they are appropriate.
Inishbofin is a spectacularly beautiful island with a very strong Irish music tradition, several national loop walks, three sandy beaches, many rugged cliffs, a long history and much archaeology. It has a shop (100m from the farm), a post office, a pub, three hotels (open from Easter to September), a café, a beautiful hostel and an excellent broadband service.
There is a large community centre within 100m of Lacey's Farm where there is a library, an internet cafe, a large hall (where indoor soccer, basketball or badminton can be played), a creche and exhibition space. The farm is located in a stunning position overlooking the island's harbour.
For more information about the area, visit www.inishbofin.com