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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2.12 approx
Persons: one
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 20313
Country: England

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Last Updated: July 20, 2018

Hi HelpXers,

Mum (Pat) and I (James) moved here 5 years ago to get some land, escape the busy city consumer lifestyle and start on a path of sustainability and self-sufficiency. My partner Holly is also staying here with us. We are starting to produce our own organic food, water, energy, materials and much more. Basically trying to remove the dependencies we have on big corporations and the failing economic system. I believe we need to re-establish community, sharing, loving and helping each other, rather than pursuing our manufactured and isolating need for money, big TVs, fast cars and bling etc!

Short term we are looking for someone to help with jobs such as pulling brambles, wood chipping, splitting logs, digging, strimming, re-pointing the stone walling and paving slabs, hedge cutting etc.

Long term we are looking for someone to farm sit while we are away from 27th July - 16th August. You would need to complete your week trial well in advance of the dates we are away as it takes time to learn the daily routine and we will be trialling several volunteers to select the most suited person who the animals and ourselves feel most comfortable with. The earlier you can come the better. Previous farm experience would be advantageous here. Your main duties would be animal care of the rabbits, ducks, chickens and geese; letting them out at sunrise and shutting them away at sunset, feeding, collecting eggs, mucking out etc. Plant care; opening the tunnels at sunrise and closing them at sunset, watering, slugging and pest control.

Short term you would most likely need to camp in a tent, or there is plenty of room to park up if you have a van, longer term especially if you are farm sitting or stay on through winter we may be able to find you a room in the cottage. We will of course provide food, cooking arrangements to be determined.

Please feel free to contract us with any questions.

James, Pat and Holly

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