Help on our smallholding and enjoy a musical exchange in the Golden Valley, Herefordshire, England

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    21/05/2022

 
  2022 

 Min stay requested: 1 week or less

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  • Description

    Description

    We are Saffron and Alex a couple in our early 50’s with 2 grown up sons and a grandson. We live with our dog Nettle a lively lurcher and our kitten Mishka near the Welsh border between Hay on Wye and Hereford in a beautiful peaceful spot on the top of a hill with amazing views and walks.
    We lived in an intentional farming community with 50 residents/members for 11 years with our children, looking after animals and growing food together, we enjoyed working on projects in groups. During this time we hosted lots of volunteers ( workaway and Wwoof) and enjoyed the cultural exchange.
    We have now moved to a house with 1.5 acres of land where we have a polytunnel, vegetable beds, and a small coppice area and orchard which we work organically using permaculture and some forest gardening principles. We would like to host volunteers and have lots of projects and work we need help with. We only grow food and store wood for ourselves and are not selling/ a business.
    We both work part time Alex is a music teacher and plays most instruments including guitar, trumpet and piano and plays in quite a few bands, I am a speech and language therapist working with children with special educational needs and I love being outside, growing stuff and walking. We both enjoy cooking and do quite a bit of preserving food.
    We are mainly vegan but do eat local eggs and are thinking about having chickens and maybe alpacas!
    The kind of work could include:
    Clearing brambles and nettles
    Making steps and paths
    Hedge laying
    Coppicing
    Storing wood
    Pruning fruit trees
    Sowing, planting vegetables
    Turning the compost heap
    Scything our small field
    Making preserves, picking and preserving vegetables

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • 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

    Sharing knowledge about growing, organic gardening permaculture and forest gardening
    Sharing food and cooking together
    Listening to music and playing music together, learning to play instruments

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    We have lots of projects and work we need help with including:

    Clearing brambles and nettles
    Making steps and paths
    Hedge laying
    Coppicing
    Storing wood
    Pruning fruit trees
    Sowing, planting vegetables
    Turning the compost heap
    Scything our small field
    Making preserves, picking and preserving vegetables
    Cleaning
    DIY
    Help with garden building projects

    Some work would be together/in a group with us and some alone depending on the task

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Sign language (American): Beginner
    German: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    We would be interested in learning most languages but particularly German as our son lives in Germany. Saffron teaches basic sign language. Alex teaches music/ mainly trumpet and guitar and would be happy to share/exchange

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Good size bedroom with comfortable double bed
    Own toilet and sink
    Shared kitchen and bathroom
    Sitting rooms with cozy wood burners
    WiFi
    Evening meals would usually be together and lunch if we are at home or food available if we are working or out.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are in between Hay on Wye and Hereford.
    There is a bus within 1.5 miles distance that goes to both towns, we have bikes to borrow although it’s quite hilly!
    Hay on wye is famous for its book shops, literary festival and lovely hill walks the Brecon Beacons are near by. Hereford has some nice independent shops and cafes, river walks and a cathedral you can use ‘Beryl’ bikes to get around the town. You can visit Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham by train from Hereford

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    1 large parking space available for a van

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Possibly but would depend on whether they would get on with our dog/cat and we have lots of sheep in surrounding fields so would have to be well trained or not interested in sheep

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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



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