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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2.73
Persons: 1. or 2 sharing
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 59883
Country: England

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Last Updated: October 3, 2017

Come and join us on our organic, off-grid smallholding in 2017

We are James and Sukamala, we run an off-grid, low-impact farming project established in north Devon, England.

Our salad leaf business is well under way for the new season as crops have been overwintering in the polytunnel. Our 5 pigs have gone for meat and we have a freezer full. (Gloucester Old Spot crosses) and our 10 sheep (Shetlands) have all had lambs in of august 2017 we now have four new Oxford sandy and black piglets. We will keep one for breeding with and the others will go for meat.

We are looking for someone (friends and couples
Are fine too) to help out on our smallholding for the 2017 season with our established salad and veg business and to help with livestock and practical building and maintenance jobs. Most work/exchange requests will be considered but generally we are looking for weeks at a time or the rest of the season if you want to stay a longer time. In exchange for 4 days work a week 9-4 we are offering accommodation in a large static caravan. Utilities are included there is solar PV electricity and gas for cooking and a wood burner for heating. Water is collected from rainwater tanks and a borehole which is treated with carbon filters and a UV filter. There is a shared compost toilet on site and we have plumbed-in water and showers in the caravans.

You would be responsible for your own needs around food but are welcome to take produce from the garden as needed.some meals are shared on a casual basis. The schedule of work could be flexible and negotiable depending on your/our needs/commitments but is likely to follow a regular working week pattern in order to tap into local markets and retail outlets. The larger 6-acre field is under development for livestock and trees.

The kind of work that needs doing is:

Tending the market garden, picking, packing and selling salad
Working on farm infrastructure (irrigation, ancillary buildings etc.)
Tending livestock
Tree planting

You will get the chance to learn about:

Innovative food growing techniques (e.g. no-dig agriculture)
sustainable land management (e.g. mob grazing)
Low-impact building
Off-grid energy production
Organic food marketing and sales

We encourage learning and development in areas that you might be interested in all ideas can be discussed and considered while you are here.

So, if you are interested in living an off-grid, low-impact lifestyle on the land, rent- and bill-free in a beautiful part of Devon with good transport links to London and the South-West then get in touch for a chat.

Many thanks
James and Sukamala

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