Learn about growing food and help in my house and garden in County Cork, Ireland



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    Cottage/wannabe smallholding with large garden/chicken run/polytunnel

    I've just moved into this wonderful property and am doing some renovations on the house. I am interested in applying as much permaculture principles as possible and making the place a beautiful respite for visitors. I try to live in an environmentally conscious way in relation to food, energy use, waste etc.

    I also grow and sell organic vegetable plants and herbs. This keeps me busy so the garden is getting a bit neglected and I would love some help to get it under control and producing more food. Help in the house would also be appreciated - cooking, decorating, painting, cleaning, woodwork etc.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I think a traveller interested in learning about growing food will benefit most from a visit as this is my main interest and what i can share most about. But I think we have all have something to learn from each other regardless out interests

    I like to go swimming, cycling and foraging whenever I get the chance. I'm happy to take helpers along, organise bikes for you to make your own trips and help you have a good time any way I can. Other activities in the area include kayaking, various music festivals, yoga classes, art exhibitions, visiting islands and plenty more.

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    Volunteer tasks would be 4 hours a day for 5 days of the week.
    There is a variety of help I need help with and it is quite flexible depending on the guests interests but gardening and help in the house (cooking, cleaning, painting) are the main activities.

    The cottage is a walking distance from the busy market town of Skibbereen, a few miles from the coast and beaches. I can provide a bicycle for exploring.

    I work 4 days a week with a company in the area who specialise in supplying organic farmers. Unfortunately, this means I'm not at home as much as I'd like and you'd need to be fairly independent and able to entertain yourself.

    Example of projects I need help with at the moment:
    - I take in rescue chickens from factory farms. Could expand this if I had help with fencing, housing etc.
    - Creating a nice outdoor shower
    - stocking fire wood for winter
    - decorating - making curtains, painting, decorating

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation is a basic bedroom within the house. The cottage is open plan and bathrooms are shared so would not suit someone overly fond of their privacy. There are lots of animals around too.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 859968764278