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Hello, I live on a 55acre farm in the foothills of the Comeragh mountains. I am looking for help from now till mid november. The main project I'd like some help with is finishing a loft apartment in the farm's main barn - we're a good way done - mostly woodwork, but also painting and finishing. We have now erected a steel staircase up to it thanks to my last worka waters and this makes it easier to progress. I also need to put a roof on a separate building which can commence soon.
But there will be plenty of other jobs that can be done too. Such as helping with my breeding herd of Kerry Bog ponies, stone wall building, hedging, gardening, maintaining trees, general maintenance and what ever else comes up. So lots of variety and opportunities to learn new skills and with a song in your heart you'll probably enjoy yourself here, even if the work is demanding sometimes.
Your accommodation will be an old stone cottage which I have lived in for nearly 40 years with my family, but I now live in a cabin up the fields, so you can relax in peace, when the works done. Good home cooked food will keep you and me going. Its a quiet location with amazing walks and views, about 9 miles from the town of Clonmel, Clonmel is a medium sized town that provides most things you want and is well connected by public transport to Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Waterford and places inbetween. Generally you can give you a lift if you want to get there. There is also a bicycle you can borrow to go exploring or get to the local villages if you like. Local people and neighbours are friendly and welcoming.
I have been a volunteer host for over 14 years. So I hope you'll find my farm welcoming. I have lived and farmed organically there for over 30 years and during that time have endeavoured to understand what sustainable living really means - a very complex subject! And to farm in a way that doesn't disturb the natural surroundings too much.
You will have the chance to experience a life with less reliance on modern systems and pressure. You may learn new skills and find new challenges that hopefully you'll benefit from.
Anybody who likes to work with their hands will find plenty to do. It also will be helpful if you are open to learning new things. Experience is not necessary but willingness and joy are.
Stone cottage with open fire and range to keep it good and cosy
I will supply the food for all meals. Mostly vegetarian but can cater for other diets generally. main meal will be eaten together and the rest can be worked out to suit
The area around my farm is traditional rural Ireland. Being a hilly and mountainous area it has not been 'modernised' as much as other parts of Ireland. There is plenty to explore, castles, old cottages, Irish music, and craic in the pubs about. The farm is 20km from the beautiful rugged and beached coast, and Dungarvan the nearest town on the coast is an old harbour town and is on the edge of a Gaeltacht region
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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