My name is Jamie . I was born and brought up on the farm, and have worked on the farm throughout my life. Recently, I need to spend more time focusing on the business aspect of the farm and we need a helping hand to assist with the physical labor and helping out with animals, especially pigs.
My sons Angus, age 26 and Charlie age 23 both live and work on the farm but we need more workers as we can't manage it all ourselves. They run an events company on the farm which is really exciting, often there are events such as dinner, birthdays and weddings which we need extra help with. The company specialises in sustainable and local farming and produce.
I live with my wife Helen, and daughter Lucy, in a house 0.5 miles away from the farm. Our other child Alice join us when she's back from university.
We're a very relaxed and welcoming family and would really appreciate the help of workawayers.
This job is more suitable for couples as working on the farm alone can sometimes be quite laborious and lonely work. Having company always makes the work more enjoyable!
Cooking / shopping
The feeding and cleaning out of up to piglets and pigs over a number of fields and stables.
Looking after/feeding 2 donkeys.
General maintenance and feeding of a small chicken coup.
General gardening work.
General maintenance and up keep of a farm - eg digging holes/trenches/drains.
A moderate level of strength, fitness and endurance is required - some jobs may be quite physical.
We're not far from the centre of Edinburgh so during time off it is quick and easy to get to the capital. A bus from the closest village; Balerno, takes 40 minutes to reach the centre of Edinburgh.
Experience a small scale family style working farm and business on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Learn simple skills about how to look after pigs from piglets to adulthood, slaughter, butchery and the selling/distribution of meat.
Understand more about local Scottish farming and farm produce.
Live in with the family who run the farm. Provided with own double bedroom, kitchen, shower room, toilet, and living room.
Workawayers will be provided with food - an evening meal will usually be taken in the main family kitchen but a personal kitchen is available so workawayers can cook their own food; do not feel you need to spend every evening with the family. Lunch will be taken in the main house with Helen and Jamie or at the boys house on the farm depending on the work for that day.
A budget will be given if the workawayer prefers to cook their own meal/ eat separately.
Bicycles are provided for use around the farm and as a way of transport to the local village (Balerno - 2 miles). There is a direct bus to Edinburgh from Balerno 44 (40 minutes to the centre of Edinburgh - £1.60 single ticket). We are located at the foot of the beautiful Pentland hills, near a number of scenic reservoirs with lots of well sign posted walking routes with views of Edinburgh.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week