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.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
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
-Harvesting and planting
-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!:)
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.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
One bedroom cottage available overlooking farm and forest for peaceful breaks. Delicious farm fresh food on site to fuel the mind, walking trails to clear the mind including through indigenous forest alongside a calming stream. High speed reliable Wifi available. Far from town for a good escape without the temptation of procrastinating in town! Farm chores are always available for those needing a physical release ;)
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week