Help a start up micro farm in sunny South Africa

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    The Farm is a small scale diversified farm with a focus on regenerative agricultural systems, started in 2017. We grow vegetables organically, raise chickens for meat and eggs on pasture, and forest raised pigs. Our processes aim to mimic nature and build each other as far as possible. We have 4 self catering cottages that are booked most weekends.

    We are looking for volunteers to assist on the farm and in the guesthouse. Jobs include: moving animals, feeding animals, planting, harvesting, bed preparation, washing and packing vegetables for market, garden work (trimming, pruning, tidying), building jobs, and may extend into helping in the guesthouse if required.
    Experience with organically grown vegetables on a market scale would be a winner! As would interest in food/cooking.

    We have a dedicated team of full time staff members. You may be required to work with us, with our staff, or independently, depending on the job. We try to allow each person to work within their area of strength. We are a young couple, who also maintain part time work off the farm so there may be times where we entrust you to continue with jobs alone. We have a daily work schedule.

    Our location is remote, in the foothills of the Drakensberg. We are 30 minutes from the nearest village, shops, restaurants etc., an hour from the nearest town. The setting is best suited to someone/couple who are happy to be far from town and enjoy quiet solitude. We have no cellphone reception but can offer fair use WiFi. We generally keep to ourselves a lot but look forward to sharing our home with like-minded people, alongside three dogs, a cat, our chickens, geese, and pigs!
    Accommodation provided in a double bed with en suite bathroom (access by stairs). We will provide basic groceries but try to eat as much as possible from the farm. The more we can grow together, the more variety we will have.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our emphasis is on establishing a self-sufficient small scale regenerative farm. Andre has experience working with solar power systems, Kait works at an inquiry-based farm school. We started and manage a pre-order farmers market style delivery system that may be of interest to volunteers, to meet and learn from other small scale local producers, as well as learning how to manage a farm business. We have self catering cottages on site so volunteers may meet new people, as well as interact with a variety of people. We have a dedicated team of local staff members from which volunteers can also gain experience.
    - regenerative farming practices
    -Energy generation and efficient consumption
    -Holistic land and livestock management practices
    -Organic farming
    -Hospitality

  • Help

    Help

    -Building projects
    -Harvesting and planting
    -General Maintenance
    -Managing livestock
    -Interacting with guests and assisting in guesthouse
    -Clearing and cutting trees for firewood
    -Upgrading farm infrastructure
    -As we are part of a local conservancy, any knowledge about nature is beneficial
    -Workawayers who enjoy cooking/baking are always refreshing - the more we can make in the spirit of homesteading the better!:)

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, basic German

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Workawayers will be accommodated in a double bed, en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet (ideally suited to a couple). We will supply basic groceries which will be kept in the guesthouse kitchen. Volunteers will have access to the guesthouse kitchen for preparing their own meals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Being situated in a rural part of the country, transport is limited. We are about 25km from the nearest village.
    We will assist with transport when possible.
    Time off can be spent walking, hiking, birding, fishing, around the property. The area is known for the Midlands Meander which is an art and craft, foodie route through the midlands with beautiful scenic drives. We are about 2 hours from the magnificent Drakensberg mountains. We are also 2 hours from Durban which boasts beautiful beaches and plenty city activities.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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

Help a start up micro farm in the beautiful KZN Midlands of South Africa
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