We run a Honey Farm in Ireland. It is a friendly, positive and professionally run environment. Our establishment constists of approx 170 colonies of native Irish black honey bees and 100 mini mating colonies for the summer season. Our honey farm - in the Galtee Vee Valley - is based at the edge of a beautiful forest of about 1200 acres of mixed woodland, ideal for cycles and walks. Our hives are in some lovely rural areas around the valley.
We are a really nice family, we have had a lot of people come to help us and learn from us over the years.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
This is a unique opportunity to learn about Honey bees especially the Irish Black Honey Bee. Learn about the plants for bees in Ireland, beekeeping skills. Travellers will see a lot of the Irish countryside as we travel to our apiaries in the jeep. It is an Irish custom to pass on the knowledge of bees and beekeeping to those who seek it. And because I am a beekeeping instructor, I teach as we are working throughout the day. And I always encourage questions. I am also available to give an evening once a week/fortnight to teach our helpers on whatever aspect of beekeeping they wish to learn about. In the middle of the summer, many who stay for six weeks or more, have more experience and confidence with bees than someone who has kept bees on a small scale for a few years.
Our immediate countryside is beautiful and is right beside nature, the hiking is great here in the summer time.
It is a good opportunity for our helpers to travel and experience the culture of Ireland and all its beauty. We always encourage our helpers to take a few days break away at weekends to travel while here and visit as many places, attractions and areas of Ireland as possible. But they are also very welcome to hang around the mobile home at weekends, as we wish them to treat it as their home while they stay here. We can give lots of advice on where to go what to see.
We bring helpers to the supermarket once a week. They do their weekly food shop and we pay for it. We do not cook meals for helpers, they cook their own meals but we do invite them in for a meal with us once a week/fortnight.
We always want our helpers to be happy and comfortable staying with us. We have had some great workawayers this past year.
March/ April/May/June/July/August/September 2019 (6 weeks minimum stay)
Two different areas help is required in
AREA OF HELP 1
Experience in handling bees would be an advantage but is not necessary, as we can train you as you are helping us. Applicants must be confident that they will not be afraid of bees as they will get stung from time to time. Ideal applicants must be positive and interested in the work. Willing to listen, concentrate and readily take instructions. Volunteers must be over 18 years.
People must not be allergic to bee stings. if you do not know if you are allergic, you need to take a simple blood sample with your local doctor and have it sent away for analysis for bee sting allergy. Otherwise, ask your doctor to prescribe an Epi Pen.
Volunteers are required to be in good health, strong and reasonably fit, as there is lifting involved.
We are looking for someone who will help us with and is willing to learn some or all of the following beekeeping practices:
Loading equipment and hive parts
Hive examinations in the apiaries
Detecting possible diseases
Hive and apiary hygiene
Methods of queen rearing
Methods of colony production
Honey bee nutrition
Marking queens; Packaging queens for delivery
Possibly uncapping and extracting (depending on time of season)
Possibly beeswax processing
Experience in Woodwork or some sort of building could be useful but not necessary.
AREA OF HELP 2
We are looking for someone to help with some or all of these jobs
Painting of our hives and stands
We are looking for someone who would like to spend time painting up some of our stands and hives with bright colours.
Painting timber outhouses/huts, decking
Light help around the honey farm/ Honey House
You do not have to be interested in beekeeping for this help
Couples or single people are welcome for both areas of help
We have a mobile home with an extension. (approx. 310 square metres / 584 square feet)It has three bedrooms - one large, one medium and one small. Large bedroom can hold a couple if required. The mobile home is large. It is not new but is clean, warm, cheerful and has everything in it that you would require. It is very warm and cosy in winter and people that stay are happy with it. My husband and two children lived in it for 5 years while building our own house. It has electric shower/bathroom, kitchen with all facilities, Internet, Wood pellet stove and central heating.
The Galtee Vee Valley is a picturesque rural region, with the Galtee Mountains at one side and the Knockmealdown Mountains on the other side. Both mountain ranges are very popular for hiking. Some nice sites to see.
6km from the Dublin to Cork Motorway. 1hour from Cork City, 2 hours from Dublin City, 1 hour from Limerick City. So we have easy access via bus to many popular Irish regions.
We can give drives to bus in local towns.- Mitchelstown and Cahir and lifts to the local pubs any evening.
Internet. Three bicycles.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week