Join us in developing our not-for-profit community and eco project in beautiful North Wales, UK

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  • Description

    Description

    We are looking for enthusiastic helpers to join us in running and developing our exciting farm , community and eco-tourism project, in beautiful North Wales.

    We are a couple in our 60s , working in Health and in the local University. Family and local friends are also involved in our farm. We have close links with other projects nearby who welcome workaway volunteers and sometimes meet for shared tasks or celebrations, so there is usually a lively group of people around.

    We live on the edge of a village on the boundary of Snowdonia National Park, 5 miles from the University city of Bangor which has a lively cultural life and is situated on the Menai Straits, opposite Ynys Mon ( the island of Anglesey). If you love mountains and the sea, this is the place for you to visit.

    From the farm there are views of the Carneddi mountain range, always changing with the weather and the seasons.

    This is a 25 acre farm : around 3 acres are given over to our vegetable and fruit garden, (and polytunnel) situated in a circular enclosure, and working on a system of crop rotation. Our main enterprise at present is growing vegetables using natural methods . We are incorporating permaculture techniques and working towards organic status. The produce is sold to the local community.

    We also have 6 acres of meadow which is used for hay, haylage and grazing , and 16 acres of environmentally rich woodland and wetland , with mature trees, a stream running through, ( If you are brave enough you can dip in the stream every morning ! )

    We have 9 ducks who provide eggs : this summer we are also planning to introduce a flock of chickens for free -range , organic egg production.

    On site there is a wood workshop, run in partnership with local woodworkers and carpenters. We are also in the process of setting up a forge on the farm for metal working.

    Our aim is to link with the local community to provide opportunities for involvement with our project for the benefit of all.

    In addition to our main house , we have a two bedroom stone built cottage , two wood -clad small buildings , plus a caravan . One of our fields is offered for camping in the summer months . These are all used as accommodation for those who want to experience and benefit from our unique environment.

    As a workaway volunteer you will be staying in a caravan or small wooden building, most likely sharing the space with other workaways. There are wood stoves to keep warm in cold weather. Some have toilet and shower inside, and others use a composting toilet and shower just nearby.

    There are facilities to cook in each unit : we will provide all food, mostly vegetarian, from the farm. Mostly you will be cooking your own food, sometimes taking it in turns to help prepare a communal meal.

    On the farm we have a unique 5 sided wooden building which is used for celebrations with friends, involving music, dancing, good food and usually a bonfire and for various gatherings and workshops. Our plan this summer is to expand this building to include a small kitchen facility for campers and groups, where meals can be prepared using farm produce.

    Another exciting project is the restoration of an old mill building on the farm, with the idea of offering extra accommodation.

    If you would like to come and stay and help on the farm, we would welcome you ! If you have gardening , building or cooking skills that would be a bonus, but the main requirement is enthusiasm , interest , and a willingness to work hard in the open air, but also enjoy our beautiful environment.

    We ask for a minimum commitment of 3-4 weeks , and a maximum 5 hours work per day, 5 days a week, so you will have plenty of leisure to enjoy what the local area has to offer. If it works well for us all, there are possibilities to stay with us for longer.

    We can welcome couples, or you can come as an individual, or with a friend .

    The work required will be very varied, mostly outside in the vegetable garden, also helping to look after ducks and chickens , and building and maintenance work around the farm. You may also occasionally be asked to help with cooking and other household duties .

    We look forward to sharing ideas, skills and stories with you. Our hope is that this will be a memorable and enjoyable experience for you .

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Gardening, building , creative cooking , maintaining wildlife habitats: you can learn skills in all these areas !

    There will be lots of chances to practice language skills.

    We have close links with other projects nearby who welcome workaway volunteers, and sometimes meet for shared tasks or celebrations, so there is usually a lively ( often international ) group of people around.

    North Wales is a unique place steeped in history, myth and story. There will be opportunities for you to learn more about the fascinating culture of this area .

    We also look forward to learning from you, and sharing ideas, skills and stories.

  • Help

    Help

    The help required will be very varied, mostly outside in the vegetable garden. There are opportunities to get involved in planting, mulching, weeding and harvesting our veg crop, learning about all the tasks in the garden. You can help to feed and look after ducks and chickens , and collect eggs. There is always building and maintenance to be done around the farm- projects on footpaths or minor repairs on buildings. Also ( supervised ) help with building projects - converting a beautiful old mill, and extending our roundhouse . This might involve some lifting and carrying, and use of tools .
    You will usually cook for yourself, and will also occasionally be asked to help with cooking for other workawayers and visitors , and to do some other household duties such as cleaning . The main help will be outside in the vegetable garden, with the poultry, and with our building projects.
    If you would like to come and stay and help on the farm, we would welcome you ! If you have gardening , building or cooking skills that would be a bonus, but the main requirement is enthusiasm , interest , and a willingness to help in the open air ,but also enjoy our beautiful environment.

  • Languages spoken

    Welsh: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    As a workaway volunteer you will be staying in a caravan or small wooden building on the farm, most likely sharing the space with other workawayers . There are wood stoves to keep warm in cold weather, One building has a toilet and shower inside, and others use a composting toilet and shower just nearby ( Its very clean and comfortable ! )
    There are facilities to cook in each unit : we will provide all food , mostly vegetarian produce from the farm. Usually you will be cooking your own food , sometimes taking it in turns to help prepare a communal meal.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    On the farm we have a unique 5 sided wooden building which is used for celebrations with friends, ( involving music, dancing, good food and usually a bonfire ! ) and various gatherings and workshops. You are welcome to join in.

    Here, the mountains and sea are on your doorstep. There are buses from our village into Bangor .
    From here you can explore the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, the coastline and Ynys Mon (Island of Anglesey) where there are many prehistoric sites , as well as wonderful beaches.
    The North Wales Pilgrims Path passes through our farm and we are also on a cycle track that leads into Bangor and up the Ogwen valley.
    Bangor is a University city with good arts and cultural facilities. It also has a mainline train station , so cities such as Liverpool or Manchester can be visited for a day trip.
    If you like thrills, we are very near the biggest zip wire in Europe !

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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