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We're a Dutch couple on a certified organic 25 acre farm in rural Mayo with a small flock of milk sheep, 2 pigs, a vegetable garden and 75 chickens.
We make sheep's cheese and yogurt during the summer months which we sell at local markets. We eat 100% organic food and have our own vegetables, eggs, milk cheese and meat.
Our sheep all have names and different personalities and love to be cuddled.
We are also hosts on another volunteer site and we've both travelled as volunteers in the past. We have no feedback yet through this site but can provide feedback left by volunteers through the other volunteer site where we are listed.
You'll have the opportunity to learn about keeping animals in an organic way, organic farming in general, simple but healthy organic lifestyle, low stress animal handling (both for you and the animal), cheese making, gardening and some building skills.
No experience needed but a keen interest and a reasonable level of fitness would help, the quicker you're able to pick up a job, the more interesting jobs we can give you.
Our animals are very friendly and the sheep love to be cuddled once they get to know you.
We're looking for someone to help us with the following:
Feeding the animals.
Help to start up the cheesemaking process (February till September)
A bit of gardening, but not much and certainly no hours of weeding;-)
General farm work, cleaning and tidying, painting.
Some building activities.
English and Dutch
You'll be sleeping in a heated caravan, we eat together in our home, which consists of two mobile units joined together, we also have a compost toilet.
We have a grey water system so please bring organic/biodegradable soap and shampoo.
On your days off there are plenty of walks/hikes to do in the area and we are 10 minutes from the coast by car. It's very quiet and beautiful here. Our place would suit someone who likes to be away from busy society, values organic food, is interested in farming, enjoys doing physical work and seeing the result of their work and loves being in nature in their time off. We are 20 minutes from Ballina, co. Mayo which has a bus and train station.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week