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Permaculture, organic, forest garden area.
I planted fruit trees and pips in a field some years ago, the pips are now huge and productive apple trees and several were cleared to make way for a large polytunnel two years ago. The polytunnel is also huge and productive forest with great diversity. The aim of the whole is not for comercial ends, but a rich and varied supply of food plants leading towards self sufficiency. The setting is on the edge of the river Lemon in what some might consider an area of rampantly chaotic land, and others would see it as gloriously chemical- free wild flower and wildlife area. Last year I found a hibernating dormouse that survived the winter. There is a earth - built (cob) hut and a caravan.
.The aims are to produce vegetables, fruit, herbs, and medicinal plants, many perennially, and to tame the landscape just a bit, along with some building and maintenance of existing structures and grounds. The methods are generally low tech using other people's discarded materials- often 'repurposed' sometimes experimental, most of them work well. There are lots of different types of jobs, so plenty to choose from, and maybe useful to see an operational outfit.
Upcoming jobs- Picking and drying herbs, fruit and vegetables. Drying, pickling, freezing.
Watering, weeding, planting. Addressing the irrigation pipe work issues, (needs patience and logic!), path maintenance and repair, compost construction, muck moving(!) general tidying, ....etc!
I have a small dog.
There is no TV.
The land is four miles away from my home.
This Workaway is most suited to those who are able to operate independently or with cooperation and are particularly interested in growing plants, forest gardening, non intensive food production from a feral place. It is not suitable for those who only want to visit the area and practice English. Three weeks is a good length of time to spend here. I do not host for less than that.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
The project is already a good example of a working, off grid system with some unique solutions for addressing irrigation, ventilation and thermal mass to compensate for variations in temperature.
There are interesting and unusual food plants under cultivation- along with some more usual ones growing in a permaculture chemical free way. The system is "no dig" and many plants self perpetuate, that is they sow their own seeds under direction! There are also more conventional areas of growing to produce food, taking the best methods for particular crops.
There is an earth building which was initially made using no bought material. It has achieved planning permission and has now been standing for over 20 years.
I dry, freeze and pickle foods, and have interesting methods I would share.
The town did have music, there is a new arts centre, community run and cut short in its infancy that we hope will rise again. A few cafes-some with music are beginning to reopen.
Gardening, some permaculture experience would be helpful. Initiative and some knowledge of plants will make you a more useful Workawayer!
Ability to lift, and be generally quite fit. Able to work on projects by yourself with initial instructions.
Building and maintenance work is quite easy to pick up the skills needed, but might be messy, depending on job.
Some cooking and routine house cleaning.
I live in a three storey town house in a small Devon town on the edge of Dartmoor. There is a double bedroom available for your use, another single room if needed-( usually the sitting room) a shared bathroom with bath and separate good shower, and additional loo. There is a washing machine for your use by agreement.
The house is four miles from the land. On working days I will drive you there and we work together.
Usually I will cook the evening meal on days that we are working, ( it is always a treat if you do it sometimes) and we will eat together. breakfast, usually a very grand muesli with fresh fruit and grains, is made cooperatively.
Lunch, also made cooperatively, is generally plant-based vegan. On days off I will supply SOME of the food by negotiation for you to make your own meals. If we eat together we will all do the dishes and clear up, with the help of the dishwasher,
If you are doing your own you will leave the kitchen tidily.
The town and land are on the edge of Dartmoor, so a short drive to marvellous walks and scenery. A slightly longer drive will take you to the South Devon beaches. There is a bus service to Plymouth, Exeter, Totnes and other towns and villages. (The busses don't run in the evening! ) The town is renowned for food, and there are pubs. There are also venues with live music that was often playing. (It might happen!)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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