We are a family with three young children that is in the process of establishing an organic mixed farm on land directly opposite Slane Castle. The castle and its lands has been in our family since 1703 and is world renowned for it's annual outdoor rock concerts which feature the Foo Fighters on 2015.
We are an organic farm with pigs, cows and chickens. We have two polytunnels and are growing lots of vegetables and flowers. We also have a glamping site where guests come stay in yurts and shepherd huts. We have a number of strawbale structures on the farm which include the Eco-guest lodge the Lime House.
We are fun loving people and need some enthusiastic like-minded individuals who don't mind physical but enjoyable work to come and help us realise our vision. Other duties offsite may be required such as food prep/cooking or childcare. Please come and join us if this sounds like it's for you.
Accommodation is staying on the farm in our mobile homes with a communal hang out area and good, hot showers. The farm and Slane Castle estate is located in the beautiful Boyne Valley which offers great walks and scenery and is next to the village of Slane which has pubs and shops. Slane is one hour by direct bus from Dublin and is only 45 minutes from Dublin airport.
You would be required to make your own breakfast and meal in the evening (BBQ's are a favourite). All food for the stay is provided by us and you will get the chance to work and live with other volunteers.
We will require you to take out volunteer's insurance. For example, OV Europe offer such insurance. If you require further information on, let us know.
Look forward to hearing from you, Cheers for now :-)
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Please bring work boots (preferably safety boots) and work clothes - overalls or work trousers and tops and clothing relevant to working outdoors. This is Ireland so changeable weather is part of the fun!
English, Spanish, Portugese
Accommodation is offered in our refurbished mobile homes with wood stoves. You will be allocated in same sex rooms unless you are travelling as a couple.
Length of stay
We ask that you stay a minimum of 10 working days. You are welcome to stay an extra weekend, i.e. 14 days with 2 weekends and 2 working weeks if you wish. We accept bookings of up to 6 weeks, and will be happy to discuss extended stays and returns once you are here.
9.00am - 4.00pm, Monday to Friday
1 hour lunch break and 10 min breaks mid morning and mid afternoon
We are flexible about which days you work, and may ask you, in advance, if you'd like to swap a weekend for weekday breaks to help us on the farm over the weekend.
Jobs to be done
Strawbale building is our main focus at the moment and is a skill that anyone can pick up. We encourage all our volunteers to get involved and pick up a practical skill as they go along.
Some volunteers prefer to just work on the farm or help out in the kitchen and the office (computer/volunteer admin work). So talk to us about what you want to do and we'll find something for you.
Farm Build infrastructure e.g. fencing, erecting electric wire, repairing and cleaning sheds
Hedging and tree planting
We will need help feeding and tending to the animals (chickens, pigs and goats) as well as preparing the beds in our horticultural allotments for planting
Vegetable Garden, Flower Garden and Polytunnel - weeding and harvesting late crops.
Other general work
Adding compost and soil to the horticultural beds
Chopping firewood for fires
Fencing and general maintenance
Preparation for eco campsite
Painting farm buildings, fencing etc.
Papers and equipment to bring
Volunteers' liability insurance (see OV Europa for more details) – due to insurance liabilities on the land we have to make sure everyone is covered under their own policy here
Travel health insurance – Irish emergency healthcare is not free to foreign citizens. You must either get your European medical card or take out private travel insurance to cover any costs. The OV Europa insurance may also cover these areas.
Wellington boots, rubber boots or work boots – preferably water proof against the rain Rain coat – again waterproof Rain or woolly hat Work trousers – old jeans etc Work t shirts and sweat shirts or jumpers - that are ok to get dirty Torch – you'll need some light to get back from the village, which is 10 mins walk away, at night.
All the gardening equipment, tools and gloves will be provided by us.
We will also provide all the household items for your stay e.g. sheets and you will be able to wash your clothes in our house. You may want to bring your own towel. Otherwise we have them available here.
You will be staying in a mobile home on farm with a separate kitchen and sitting area. We are 10 minutes walk from the centre of Slane and have bicycles which we can lend you to get around. Smoking is not permitted indoors, but you are free to smoke in the yard outside.
You will eat lunch with us at the River House or on site at the Farm on the days you're working and we will provide you with food for breakfast and dinner to prepare in the Wwoofer’s kitchen area . We do not normally provide food for days-off, as most volunteers choose to use that time for travelling. However in exchange for cleaning and tidying the mobile home and facilities, we are prepared to supply you with food on days-off you choose to stay. Please let us know in advance your food preferences and preferred arrangements to help us plan meals and supplies.
Slane village, nightlife and local attractions
Boyles pub is a well-known live music venue (see My Space – Boyles Slane) which has an open-mic night on Wednesday nights and good gigs all year round. The village has good selection of pubs to keep you busy every night of the week.
Newgrange - Bru Na Boinne is an epic megalithic burial site, 40 minutes walk from the village.
Navan and Drogheda have good nightlife and buses and taxis to both are available Dublin is an hour away by bus and Belfast is about 2-3 hours by bus from the village.
Walks are accessible to you along the Boyne river. Please ask us for more information.
Transport to Slane
If you fly to Dublin airport, you can catch a bus from the airport to Drogheda (our nearest town) several times a day (route 101). There are also buses from other towns/cities in Ireland to our local towns Navan and Drogheda. If you let us know what time you’ll be where, we can collect you from those towns. If you decide to visit Dublin first, there are also many buses from Busaras ( or ? for routes and timetables) and Abbey Street () in Dublin that go directly to Slane. Collins coaches is usually bettered price for Slane. It would suits us better if you arrive here before 5 pm from Monday to Saturday, if it is possible.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
9am - 4pm