This small project is in West Cork, Ireland near the source of the river Lee.
I live in a little cabin in a field where I grow vegetables, keep chickens and have a fruit tree nursery. I supply a couple of my neighbours with veg boxes, and there is loads of healthy veg here to eat.
I am a self-employed permaculture designer and this is my testing site where I try out ideas to later use for design clients. I also do orchard care mostly apple pruning in the summer and winter so between everything I have alot of work to do and need a hand keeping the managing the garden and nursery.
You don't need specialised gardening skills before you come because I can show you how I do everything. Its more important for me that you are good at sharing space, conscientious, and relatively decent at cooking as we'll be sharing some meals : )
It usually works best if there are two people volunteering here together at the same time. I'll be with you to show you how to do every task at the start - but often have to leave to tend to those other commitments, including over night at times.
I'm re-building a yurt which will be for volunteers when its done - for now during the summer there is camping.
The place is basic in some ways - compost toilet, limited electrical power - especially in the winter, but its also wild and beautiful.
Spring water on tap.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Depending on how long you stay you could learn:
- how to design and operate a low maintenance poultry tractor system
- sheet mulching
- hot compost making
- french drain building
- building skills
- vegetable gardening skills
- other permaculture related skills/info
This is a Gaeltacht area. It could suit someone studying the Irish language, but English will work here too. I also speak French and Spanish relatively well. It's off grid and has (limited) power from a small solar PV system - virtually no power in the depths of winter unless its been sunny :) There's a mains charging point nearby though at my neighbours pump house.
The main activities that I'd want help with here over the summer 2020 are:
- yurt building
- French drain building
- sowing and planting vegetables
- weeding and hoeing
- making hot compost
- sheet mulching of the nursery and garden
- Looking after chickens. This involves moving the electric fencing & mobile chicken house, cleaning it out and collecting eggs.
There are two rooms to the cabin - my bedroom and the living room-kitchen. Accommodation is camping (until the yurt is finished anyway). I have a spare tent for you and roll mats - if you have your own tent even better! Ideally you'll bring a sleeping bag, but we can sort that too if not. I have spare extra bedding too. Meals are from the garden and eggs from the chickens, supplemented with a mix of bought organic and non-organic food from town. Now in the late summer there is loads of veg and fruit in the garden to eat.
There is a gas shower we can use and compost toilets.
Beautiful scenery and nature. Great swimming places. I'm near Gugán Barra which is a famous beauty spot with hikers and pilgrims.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week