Sustainable building, permaculture, growing and family life in the north of England


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    We are looking for a Workawayer or two to join us for around a month, but a longer stay would be welcome too.

    The work is 25 hours a week and would involve helping out with the chickens and ducks, and some general cleaning and maintainance indoors and outdoors, but would mainly be about getting the vegetable garden under control. We garden according to organic no dig principles and this would be a real opportunity for someone, with some ability to work independently, do some research and be quite proactive, to shape this summers food production here. Last year we were self sufficient in potatoes, courgette, strawberries, spinach and parsnips but we would love a volunteer who would like to expand on this. There may also be an opportunity to help out with some lime plastering while you're here.

    We have a static caravan in the garden with electricity and wifi, which is for yourself/ves to use as a bedroom and living space, however its services are limited so the kitchen and bathroom are shared with us in our house. We very much welcome volunteers into our family, and live in community together, sharing the cooking, and other domestic tasks, and of course socialising together!

    We are mindful of the Covid situation so feel this opportunity would be best suited to someone who is already in the UK and would like to engage in the project here staying for a reasonable length of time.

    There will be lots of opportunity to get hands on experience with and learn about sustainable living, growing and building, so this opportunity might suit a student or other person interested in these subjects. especially as you can use your free time to study if you wish. It is also a great opportunity to explore living in community in a rural area if this is something you are considering for yourself?


    We are Amy, Ada (15) and Eartha (7)
    We like among other things;

    Playing folk music (please bring your instruments)
    Finding ways to live more in tune with the earth and those who live and grow upon it
    Being outside in the woods
    Drinking wine and making plans
    Working hard and feeling satisfied
    Home educating
    Cooking and eating good organic vegan food.
    Reading books that make us think
    Learning Spanish

    We bought a derelict 17th century farmhouse, outbuildings, and 10 acres of young woodland 6 years ago.

    Amy has done much of the building work herself working with helpers and local specialists, aiming to restore the property with a sensitivity to the building and an awareness of the environmental impacts of materials choices. She is now studying her MSc in Green Building with the Center for Alternative Technology.
    Choices made with the aim of creating a low impact house, have so far included an indoor composting toilet, solar and wood heating system, insulating lime plaster, geocel floor, borate wood worm treatment, reclaimed materials, minimisation of construction waste and integration of habitats and food producing plants in the landscaping.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will gain as much as you are willing to put in:) we are very open people happy to share skills knowledge and experiences, ask questions and share your thoughts and we will do the same!

  • Help


    Most of all we need people who are enthusiastic and passionate about our project and way of life!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Workawayers stay in a static caravan in the garden, which can acomodate a single person, two friends or a couple
    We all cook, eat and socialise together in our house. Which is very basic but it does have a cooker, water, shower, composting toilet and wood burning stoves.

    The house we are working on, is also the one we are living in! so often we have to move rooms around and accept a certain amount of dust and mess, depending of what we are working on!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in north Cumbria, about 40 minutes drive from Carlisle, which is the nearest city. The area is very rural, remote. Our house is on the edge of a small village but there is no shop, cafe , bus or train for about 12 miles (20km).
    Come here to get away from town or city life and tourist attractions, enjoy the quietness of the countryside.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Volunteers staying here have previously carried out online commitments such as attending university lectures and on line teaching, I work remotely from home, and Ada studies from home and we have never had a problem with 2 or 3 people working online silmuntaniously.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have space for 2 camper vans, the car park is reasonably level, please contact us to discuss how this might work.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We can accept pets that are good with chickens and ducks.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    25 hours a week

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