Help on a small organic farm in Ilfracombe, Devon, England


United Kingdom

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    We have a small organic farm of about 34 hectares; all permanent pasture (except for a small wood and a kitchen garden). Livestock - about 200 sheep (including about 60 milking sheep), about 20 Devon cattle, some poultry and some pigs.

    We milk our sheep in a milking parlour with a vacuum line and have a dairy where we make our own cheese. All management of livestock & cheesemaking practices conform to the Soil Association standards. We are members of the Specialist Cheesemakers' Association and have had success in the Organic Food Awards and the 'British Cheese Awards.'

    Our general aim is to farm in a humane and sustainable way, restore and maintain the traditional landscape features, produce excellent cheese and be as self sufficient as possible. We can demonstrate organic pasture management, animal husbandry, sheep milking, hedge laying. We are near the sea and good coastal walks.

    We have farmed here since 1992. Lawrence does most of the farm work and Karen does the cheese making and marketing. Before 1992, we were architects. Our son Bennet also lives on the farm. He helps on the farm sometimes, has a history degree and works part time as a library assistant and cycle-race mechanic.

    We are non-smokers and do not allow smoking in the house.
    We have wireless internet.

  • Type of help

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    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care

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    An experience of all aspects of life on a small working livestock farm, with a flock of dairy sheep, working sheepdogs, a cheesemaking dairy, a beef suckler herd, pigs, and poultry; and the selling of the farm produce in local markets.

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    We are a working farm and welcome visitors who are interested in helping, interested in organic farming and who would like to join in as part of the family.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, some French, some Afrikaans

  • Accommodation


    Own room in the farm house. Meals with the family.

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    • Limited internet access

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    25 hours, max 5 days per week

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