Looking for Gardening volunteers for permaculture project in West Cork, Ireland



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    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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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
    - scything
    - 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.

  • Help


    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
    - scything
    - sheet mulching of the nursery and garden
    - watering
    - cooking
    - cleaning
    - painting
    - Looking after chickens. This involves moving the electric fencing & mobile chicken house, cleaning it out and collecting eggs.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Irish: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    Italian: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Beautiful scenery and nature. Great swimming places. I'm near Gugán Barra which is a famous beauty spot with hikers and pilgrims.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 588268997214