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We are a couple who are creating an edible forest garden while sorting out wind turbine energy and water catchment systems to sustain us through the year. We live simply, off-grid (We do have good internet and mains water tho, so not fully off grid. D is an expert on solar systems and runs an e vehicle from the solar panels. Our solar water heating system is very efficient - showers on sunny days only!
If anyone has experience with topping trees (chainsaws) we'd love some help in February.
We'll be lining a few small ponds in when the ground is less waterlogged.
If someone has some experience with conversions and would like to learn more about converting a shed into a shepherd's hut, we have someone coming to work on tis late february
As well as growing staples, this year we need to focus on improving our housing - converting a horsebox into sleeping accommodation, treating all the wooden terracing and sheds to delay water infiltration, final lime coat to the cob house, so we would especially appreciate handy volunteers who have construction experience or related skills to these projects.
In the spring someone might like to create cold frames from pallets and later on trellises etc from willow and bamboo.
We have loads of pallets and falling down sheds and have made a couple of wood store to dry the wood out......
If you know how to extend a roof structure just let me know!
We are happy to welcome couples and we also have ongoing projects improving water catchment systems, woodchipping and preparing the soil with mulch etc.
Please get in touch and let me know a bit about your interests and your skills and we will see if we're a good fit.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
This project is great for you if you are exploring the possibilities of permaculture but don't have access to land and may be wanting to develop skills while looking for your own project.
We have met many lovely and dedicated people on permie training courses and would love to welcome you in this opportunity to see how it is starting a project pretty much from scratch. We would be learning and implementing together!
As newbies we would appreciate someone experienced with horticulture who knows what weeds are and what plants need right now. Some tasks that need doing in the next few months are propagating plants that would be a great skill to contribute.
There's always trying to keep on top of planting, watering and weeding, strimming and trimming overhanging branches as well as mowing with a tractor. Let us know if you have experience with a chainsaw as various piles of wood still need processing. Mulching around trees with cardboard and straw, composting, and for those with experience building compost toilets outside, putting a coat of lime on barn and house.
My partner will probably be preoccupied with planning - the defunct wind turbine... and creating a chicken tractor. We have runner ducks. A series of ponds will need putting in with a digger at some point.
We have a beehive and have been planting the orchard with beeplants.
This gives you some idea of the sorts of things that might be going on if you come...
There's also a bit of help creating some storage areas. We have plenty of pallet wood for making basic structures. The sheds are falling down and could do with some breeze block base support and a virtual rebuild. There's a rocket mass stove build needed before autumn and then there's finishing the last coat of render on the straw bale house.
Later in the season there's canning and pressing apples, cider and making herbal remedies ......
In the cool weather, you have your own caravan with a comfy mattress and a small wood burning stove. At present hot shower water is limited on days that are not sunny! We're working on it ....
There is also plenty of space for camping. I have started a living willow structure - which will take a year or two to develop....
Next year we may have a converted horsebox sleeping room...
Toilets are bucket loos with sawdust and the property is off-grid, but is connected with water - and wifi. There is a sink in the kitchen area.
The caravan has its own compost loo which will need to be emptied in the compost bay.
You will eat a vegetarian meal for your main meal, which will be lentils or legume based with vegetables and salads. We will be planting our own edible fruit and vegetable so feel free to forage as you wish. Oat cereals are available for breakfast and herb teas... there are different varieties of mint outside the barn kitchen area.
In late summer you can forage for fruits - berries, apples. You can help yourself to eggs! We are vegetarian and eat a lot of greens! Dharma tends to do fried egg and beans as a fallback, so if you like cooking it is good to have variety...
Cooking is mainly from food grown on the land, so dishes will be from seasonal ingredients. Brassicas grow really well here and tree spinach. we have a lot of berries and fruit
Please note that we are off grid and the facilities are basic, so this is not a venue for someone who expects city comforts. Our hot water supply depends on solar power.
What else ...
The property is in the Somerset countryside - nearest train station Taunton - but you would probably need your own transport as it's a couple of miles to the closest village. There is a small community run outdoor pool there - open from April
You will need to enjoy your own company as we do not usually have groups of people here
We are still networking with the local community, as we had not long moved in before covid. We are covid aware and eat out on the deck or in a large kitchen if the weather is not so good. It's very peaceful and quiet here but you can keep your own hours. Sometimes there will be only one person on site, sometimes two (a couple)
This place is great if you like time to draw, write, read or contemplate!
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Space for parking camper vans
We have a spot for a small one - no electric hook up though except for sunny weather.
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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Wishing you well Angus, and you're welcome back anytime!
Such a beautiful place. I can't imagine that anyone who loves being connected with nature wouldn't fall in love with it.
We learnt so much just within two weeks. Cassandra & Dharma are so welcoming and thoughtful; the work was varied and totally in line with what we could do.
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The outdoor tasks were tough in typical British weather (wind, rain and cold) but they were very considerate and attentive to our well-being.
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During my stay we were able to finish many projects, I learnt more about solar panels and how to save energy.
Dharma and Cassandra had many interesting talks and I really enjoyed those.
I stayed in caravan which were very cosy.
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He has experience in his own project and is very keen to learn more. Dharma is a detailed systems thinker who is keen on sustainability and slowly designs bespoke projects that work for our… read more
A great couple with a mount of knowlege and they are keen to share it.
I could help progressing the watering system, which was very interessting. Dharma is a brilliant man with lots of good ideas.
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Richard is skilled with a chainsaw and worked with Dharma to build a wood store and process… read more
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Cassandra and Dharama are lovely hosts. They were very warm and welcoming and spent a lot of time… read more
Thanks so much Tess - a good time - and look forward to seeing you on your next visit!
They were really generous patient and loving to me giving me a lovely camper van to live in comfortably with warm bead an wooden… read more
Thanks for digging in the heat - the little pond has now got some pond -life in it, and the vege bed in front of the house is full of brassicas.
Hoping your adventures in Cornwall went well too!