We now have an opportunity for two people (a couple or two friends) who would like to join our project at the Farm and spend the Summer season on Inishbofin. Ideally, we are looking for people who are available to arrive around the beginning of March and become the advanced party preparing for a Meitheal in mid April to clear up the gardens after our builders have left in preparation for the Summer season and the next phase of the flowering.
We are looking for people with good gardening/ food preparation knowledge who will come to to stay on our farm, initially in the old farmhouse itself. Right now, the garden is looking well but our polytunnel has been damaged by storms so some heavy work is needed to dig up the remnants of the plastic cover which is buried in preparation for a new cover and some preparation of some beds to take potatoes.
The next phase will see many different types of jobs in the garden from sowing crops to weeding and tending beds and some work in the house and sheds.
At present we are having some farm sheds converted to an artisan food shop which we plan to open this summer to sell our own and other artisan's food products. In the Summer we will also be hosting farm walks/talks with tea and bakes afterwards.
Workaways will experience the beauty of INISHBOFIN island at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way. They will be expected to help out maintaining our gardens, sowing, transplanting , tending and harvesting the crops, helping in the kitchen, selling in our new shop or whatever else needs doing around the farm.
Our farm is a spectacular 2.5 hectare holding on the gently south sloping land overlooking the harbour of this beautiful island off the Connemara coast – one of the most westerly places in Europe.
We are developing beautiful market and visitor gardens - producing organically grown fruit and vegetables and downstream artisan food products and cater mainly for Summer tourists but also locals and some island food businesses. We make downstream products from our garden produce (pestos, jams, chutneys, ice cream etc) and have a small shop in our cottage porch where we sell these products as well as our fresh garden produce.
Our long-term aim is to develop a residential Permaculture and sustainability centre on the farm and to develop our new artisan food shop.
Over the Summer, help is needed to maintain our farm gardens, tend and weed the vegetables, look after the polytunnel, harvest and preserve crops, process the garden's bounty into delicious products for sale, sell what produce there is at our new farm shop and the weekly Summer market and generally help out wherever needed.
Since 2011, we have been developing the gardens themselves which now include a vegetable garden, a root crop field, a polytunnel, a walled garden and a, currently overgrown, garden (planned with seating which will have beautiful views of the comings and goings of the island's harbour). The vegetable garden has been in operation since 2012 and the root crop field since 2014.
Expect at least some hard physical outdoor work, practical learning, a great sense of community, beautiful walks, stunning sights, really stimulating music and great craic.
Anthony grows the vegetables and Julia has developed some fantastic jams, chutneys, ketchups, hummus, cordials and other products made from the garden bounty. We sell these items and our fresh veg from the farm and at the weekly Summer market.
We would like you to help twenty five hours per week in return for your keep with a small contribution to expenses. There is also some wonderfully fresh produce from our garden and a good source of local fish and lamb.
Ideal candidates will be focused and organized, be able to turn their hand to most jobs and will have a love of nature and the outdoors. References from some sources are preferred but we may accept non-Workaway references if they are appropriate.
Inishbofin is a spectacularly beautiful island and ecotourism destination served by a thrice daily ferry in Summer It has a pub, a post office and a shop, three hotels, two daytime cafés, a restaurant in a London bus, a beautiful hostel and an excellent broadband service.
There is a large community centre within 100m from the Farm where there is a library, an internet cafe, a large hall (where indoor soccer and badminton can be played), a creche and exhibition space. The farm is located in a stunning position overlooking the island's harbour.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Anthony and Julia
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Inishbofin is a stunningly beautiful island with a strong music tradition and an exceptionally friendly and welcoming population. Travellers will learn about its extensive history and how it played an important part in European events of past centuries. It also has much archaeology, beautiful walks (three of which are national loop walks), sandy beaches, sea cliffs and a host of other amenities which travellers can explore in their spare time.
It is designated as an area of exceptional natural beauty, a special protection zone, is an ecotourism destination, is Ireland's first Fair Trade island and travellers will be able to become embedded in its culture and traditions, meet and befriend its population and learn about island life.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
We are developing both as a market gardening project and as a tourist attraction. Help is sought in the garden (sowing, hoeing, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, grass cutting, compost making); in the kitchen (preparing, cooking, developing recipes from garden produce for sale); dealing with customers and; generally helping out wherever needed
Support workaways will have to sleep in a tent, preferably their own but will have access to dedicated to dedicated toilet and shower facilities in a new shower/toilet/wash house block on the back of the cottage.
As we live in Dublin during the Winter (although visiting regularly to undertake maintenance work and oversee works), Autumn and Winter helpers will spend some of their time on their own on the farm. Summer helpers will become part of the community.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
25 hours a week