Do you have experience of, or an interest in permaculture design or biodynamic farming?
An exciting new permaculture project, my family and I have just bought some land with a dream of turning it into a community permaculture garden.
Starting from scratch with nothing but 5 acres of grassy field in the Somerset village of Spaxton, the family consists of Grandad (John, residing in the farm house, likes growing tomatoes in his greenhouse) Amanda (me, passion for nature and growing stuff,) Anthony (brother, loves sustainability and getting his hands dirty,) and Pete (my partner, a plumber, loves to spend his time building things and finding solutions.)
Together, we are embarking on this new project to be able to sustain ourselves from the land, to increase biodiversity as much as possible, to help people find joy and love in their life and to bring the local community together.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Travellers can learn English language (Amanda speaks French, Spanish and some German,) learn about permaculture, farming, building and we will also organise trips to events from time to time, for example to the summer solstice at Stone Henge.
There are so many local places to visit in Somerset! We are right next to the Quantock Hills for hiking, or for more ideas, check out the somerset-life website.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Help from travellers can be varied and chosen based on what you wish to contribute. We started the project in July and have so far built a polytunnel, shed and compost toilet, established vegetable beds, dug a pond and planted a little food forest with about 40 trees
Our current projects for workawayers include:
Develop new vegetable beds using a no-dig method
Planting out seedlings
Look after chickens
Decoration (painting signs and artwork)
Cooking / cleaning
No experience is necessary, however we'd be particularly keen to hear from people who have knowledge and passion for permaculture, biodiversity and community. If not, then some experience of gardening would be very helpful!
This host offers a language exchange
I love learning languages!
Accommodation can only be provided in tents at the moment while we're having the final building works done on the house, so please only apply if you're up for that! Tents camp/air beds, sleeping bags, blankets etc can be provided if you don't have your own. Workawayers are also welcome to stay in their own tents /camper vans on the farm land. You will have access to outdoor toilets (compost and chemical) and the bath inside the farmhouse.
Vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided on site on work days, (if you like cooking, then making dinner could be part of your volunteering hours!) On days off, breakfast will be provided as standard but if you would like lunch or dinner on days off, you'll need to let us know in advance.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
4 hours / day, 5 days / week (flexible & negotiable!)