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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 3.6
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 44122
Country: Wales

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Last Updated: June 28, 2016

We are a couple.. Tom (35) and Jacqui (30). We were both bought up in Wales.

We are starting to build our dream farm, having finally found the perfect site for our plans. It is a sheltered, south facing slope in Pembrokeshire, with a history of organic management. There is a strong-flowing clean spring and the soil is excellent.
We have been given planning permission for a dwelling under the new Wales-wide 'One Planet Development' policy which offers people the chance to build a home in the country if they can demonstrate a commitment to various low-impact, environmentally responsible principles while also providing for the monetary needs of the household with a 'land-based livelihood' (in our case a tree nursery and processed fruit business) and the production of a large proportion of one's own food and fuel etc. All of which suits us perfectly!

Our plot is nine acres. It will include:
-A 2 acre nut orchard
-A plant tree nursery specialising in fruit trees
-Around 3 acres of forest garden containing the parent stock of the trees we propagate for sale
-A 3 acre woodlot including timber trees and coppice
-Mixed grazing/browsing paddocks designed for milking goats
-Watercress beds (we have a large clean spring on the land)
-Asparagus beds
-Large veggie plot
-Large ex-commercial greenhouse
-Lots of ponds
-Wildflower meadow

We like to think we can offer you a good return for your help, and that your contribution will be honoured. We have a good library, are passionate about what we do and discuss regenerative agriculture often. You will hopefully learn a lot with us.
We currently stay in a rented barn on a neighbouring farm. It's a one-room situation so unfortunately we can't offer accommodation here. You would stay in a touring caravan which is sited a 3 minute walk away on our land. It has electricity. There is a temporary outdoor compost toilet and running water both within 20m of the caravan. You will preferably need to be a hardy type! It may be a bit of a building site in the day. Sorry that's all we can do.
There is internet, a bath, washing mashine etc in the barn we all share.
We love our food and will cook two good meals a day for the days you work. Work hours per day will vary according to the task / weather etc. Days off tend to arise spontaneously. We do mornings and, having both been bought up in Wales, don't stop for drizzle.
There are loads of things to do within a short drive. Lammas ecovillage is just over the hedge, where there are often plenty of other volunteers to meet up with, especially in the summer months.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Tom and Jacqui

Photo 1: Jacqui and Tom loading up cleft chestnut fenceposts. The farm we stay on at the moment in the background.
Photo 2: Tom collecting wildflower seeds from the millpond at Lammas.
Photo 3: Jacqui in our little nursery glasshouse.
Photo 4: A stonewall gate with cobbles that Tom made as a shortcut between our land and where we currently stay.
Photo 5: Tom and Aneurin making giant stone steps from boulders excavated when we made a pond.
Photo 6: A new track with hugelkultur berms on either side awaiting backfill. There is a glimpse of the lovely view we have from our site in the background.

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