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(OCTOBER 2019 update - We are really keen to hear from any couples looking for a stay of several months over the winter to help with a host of DIY type jobs - from making doors, upcycling, painting, fence building - and general horticultural and animal care type work. Lots to do! We will be moving house in early December (from farm cottage to farmhouse, same location) so help with this would be wonderful. then our cosy cottage will be available to stay in whilst being done up for holiday letting by around Easter. Caravan available throughout. We seek the independent natured people who love to interact but also like their own time to enjoy the surroundings or the leisure activities of their choice. Food can be self catering with food provided or meals can cooked for you)
We are a 40 somethings couple hailing from Scotland and South Africa with 2 young kids and relative new starts in farming. In 2017 we have taken on my dad's former arable farm of 140 acres here on the coast of North East Scotland and are full of ideas for change to make it more environmentally alive, sustainable, and financially viable - a tricky combo but very attainable, we just need a lot of help to get there! Whilst we accept sole responsibility for addressing the work relating to the commercial side of the business - which ranges from flower farming, goose, hen and duck rearing for eggs and Christmas tables and sheep farming and small scale pig rearing - there is a LOT of other work to do, which just costs money and is hard to complete without help. These jobs range from tree and hedge planting for wildllife, creating wildflower havens, possibly bee keeping (planned for 2019), kitchen gardening, building restoration, reclamation of old equipment or upcycling projects, and rare breed sheep and pig rearing, we have lots to get involved in, get as mucky as you like, and learn as you go. A love of kids to help a bit with childcare (we have 2 children of 5 and 6, Oct2019) or even helping with domestic duties such as cooking and housework would be awesome!
Other interests are home brewing, food curing/fermenting/smoking, making sausages and various butchery skills, so if you want to have a go or watch and learn then you will be very welcome. Wild food foraging also enjoyed by us but is seasonally dependant for availability or produce or free time!
Extensive home library available on smallholding and good animal husbandry, permaculture, cooking and other related topics.
We hope to establish a wedding barn this coming winter for next year (2020), with a limited amount of camping facilities in addition, should that be of particular interest in terms of amenity development, commercial wedding planning or as tourism venture.
We can provide warm or wet weather clothing and, in most cases, protective footwear against the elements! Not new, but good enough :)
We are also located between 2 villages with pubs, shops, etc so you need not be isolated. If you want to visit NE Scotland and really see the value of your working day, with hopefully lovely people (!), then here's the place!
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We are both seasoned travellers so perhaps we can advise on future travels, and we have extensive travelling experience within Scotland itself, so tap that font please! As locals in a rural area we can introduce you to many other people of interest should you wish. In terms of skills there are so many you can gain and share here that it should not be boring!
On the whole it will be up to you to decide what you would most like to help with, and this can be as varied as you like it to be, or just go with the weather.
We do need people to be hard working, but we will be ever so grateful for help, and would never expect too much, just enthusiasm to get stuck in really.
English and Afrikaans
We have a static caravan, far from new but very comfortable and spacious. . The accommodation is better for couples rather than singles (we would not put two strangers together!) so for best use of resources and shared company in working we prefer to take couples. Use of family house shower and washing machine etc. All food will be provided with evening meals preferably shared, but you can choose to be self sufficient and we will make provisions ad facilities for you to do so. Once we move to the bigger farmhouse there may be more options for accommodation and more capacity.
We are right on the main coastal bus route runnning between Dundee and Aberdeen. And 10 miles from railway stations of Montrose or Stonehaven.
As we have children and our house is very small we would ask for privacy in the evening after evening meals, and would encourage our volunteers to enjoy time out in their own space or can check out the local pubs, sports centre etc. We would not like to offend by not making this clear in advance!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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