Hallo and Welcome! S'mae a chroeso!
*️️️*️️️Looking for experienced help for October and November*️️️*️️️
Priority given to volunteers who have been here before
References needed for others
This is a small hill farm in a beautiful valley in South Wales, not far from the Glamorgan coast. Current residents on the farm include sheep, cattle (Herefords and Aberdeen Angus), a few chickens, two Welsh Cobs, two cats and one or two humans...
There is also loads of wildlife including buzzards, foxes, lizards - and of course slugs...
At this time of year, we regularly see a cuckoo in the trees near the house.
My background is farming and conservation and in the past I have also set up an accessible community garden. I have over 25years experience of no-dig organic growing and also of applying permaculture principles to different situations, not just food-growing but also to social justice and to education.
Here on this farm I am keen to make use of traditional knowledge from across Wales and combine it with current ideas about sustainable agriculture. For example I am gradually reinstating some areas of ffridd, the traditional Welsh agroforestry system, but adapting the method to include fruit trees.
Things you can learn here include:
- repairing dry stone walls
- grafting fruit trees
- livestock care
- making bread
- Welsh language and stories
Welcome to Welsh learners - Croeso i dysgwyr Cymraeg: Come and practice your Welsh while volunteering! Dewch i ymarfer yr iaith trwy gwirfoddoli yn Gymraeg!
Things we need help with:
- fencing, especially around fruit trees and shelter belts
- dead hedging, which is protecting old hedges with branches so the hedge can regrow
- planting trees and hedges
- livestock care
- insulating the house, mostly with natural materials including lime plaster
- repairing outbuildings, including the roof (skilled volunteers especially welcome for this!)
- building a pig sty and goat shed
- creating/restoring wildlife habitats
- moving muck! - from sheds to muck heaps, and from muck heaps to garden beds and special habitat sites
- chopping logs
Things you need to know:
Volunteers help for approx 4 hours per day, and have 2 days off each week.
Everyone takes turns to cook and wash up as part of living here.
Accommodation is in a cosy bunkhouse.
The bunkhouse, the compost loos and the farmhouse kitchen are all on one level, but each has one step up at the doorways.
There's a rough track through the farm; the fields are quite steep.
What's in walking distance:
- village with shops, library, bus service, cycle track
What's nearby for days off:
- footpaths and cycle trails
(there are a couple of bikes volunteers can borrow)
- Glamorgan coast
- Gower peninsula
- Cardiff and Swansea
How to travel to the UK without flying:
Buses: Look up Eurolines for buses from across Europe to London
Local public transport in Wales:
Long distance buses:
National Express comes to Sarn, near Bridgend.
Megabus comes to Cardiff and Swansea.
See Sustrans website for maps. Route 4 crosses South Wales with branches up every valley, including this one.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week