Welcome to our small farm in rural Aberdeenshire, Scotland. We are Jamie and Niamh and we took over the farm at the end of 2020. We live here with 2 farm cats and a dog. We are a couple of hours drive from the Cairngorms and our farm is part off-grid. To be self sufficient, we generate our electricity with solar panels, water is from a spring and most of our heating is by burning our own firewood. The farm is a mix of hay fields, pond, woodland and our fruit / vegetable plots. We are surrounded by nature including owls, buzzards, herons, house Martin’s, swift’s and deer. The nearby coast is rich in sea birds, seals and otters. We have a lot of work to do in order to get the farm up and running again and we would love you to be a part of this! When we aren’t on the farm we like to be outdoors Stand Up Paddle-boarding, wildlife watching, hiking, camping etc.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
We want to share our knowledge of working with the land to be self sufficient and living as eco-friendly as we can. At the same time we would like to hear about your ideas and ambitions. We both have an interest in the history of Scotland and the surrounding area and can share this. Prior to taking on the farm we both travelled to different parts of the world and love talking about the places we have been and where we would like to go to! Niamh is also a passionate folk musician and can teach a variety of instruments.
To get our farm up and running we need your help! We can offer help and guidance for these tasks but some past experience would be useful. Some of the tasks involve heavy lifting and working outside in bad weather. It’s not all bad though! In return for your help we can teach you new skills, provide hot meals, accommodation and hopefully have fun!
Some tasks might include:
Looking after pets- cats and dog
Helping build our vegetable growing Polytunnel
Sowing / harvesting vegetables and fruit
Canning, preserving our produce
Hay/ silage cutting
Grass / hedge cutting / general gardening
Repair wildlife pond
Help complete the chicken coop and run
Clearing out the old farm buildings
Restoration of some buildings- replacing cement, painting.
Woodland work- tree planting, coppicing, tree felling, chainsaw work, firewood processing.
Looking after livestock- we will be adding sheep, chickens and maybe pigs in the future.
A private, clean room in the main house. This spare room has recently been redecorated and has a new bed, linen etc. You will have your own double bed, heater and electricity points. A shared bathroom with a shower is also provided (along with towels). To save water we normally go for 1 shower a day each. Food will be provided with three meals a day and we will all gather round the kitchen to eat and chat. We cook mostly vegetarian food with the odd meat / fish dish as well.
We have a lot of countryside and remote beaches to explore! Further afield we have the Cairngorms and larger city of Aberdeen or Inverness. You are welcome to join us (and the dog!) for days out where we can go hiking, wildlife watching stand up paddle boarding or just exploring! The nearest small shop is around 4 miles away, there is also a bus stop there. We can give you a lift to these if we aren’t too busy on the farm.
We aim to treat volunteers with respect and pass on our skills and knowledge. In return we ask you to treat us and the farm with respect. We do not tolerate excess alcohol consumption, smoking or drugs of any kind. This also means cleaning up after yourself, helping with the odd house cleaning task and generally taking a ‘can do’ attitude. We can pick you up from the nearest Airport or Train station (Aberdeen). We want you to enjoy the experience and gain a sense of satisfaction from it.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week