Get creative on a permaculture farm in Northern Ireland, UK

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a 50-something Dutch/Northern Irish couple running a small permaculture / natural farming project in rural Northern Ireland on the beautiful Ards Peninsula between the Irish Sea and Strangford Lough. We grow a mixed natural farm with fruit trees, even grapevines, vegetables and herbs. The Fukuoka style farming involves relatively little actual work, hardly any digging or weeding. We just need to beat back the bush every now and then. We also keep chickens and ducks are planning to get some bees by next year, if someone would like to build us a beehive.

    You will hopefully become part of our micro-community.

    We live within a mile of the nearest small shop and 3 miles from the town of Portaferry, which offers a number of shops and cosy pubs with traditional music as well as stunning scenery and an aquarium. There are bicycles available to move around. We're a non-commercial set-up.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We like playing music at night. You will learn how to live in harmony with nature, foraging for wild plants, food processing, including jam making, wine making, chutneys, ferments etc.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    Volunteers would be involved in general tidying in the garden, harvesting and processing the harvest, foraging for edibles, cooking and anything creative you might come up with. We are looking for people with initiative, who don't need constant supervision and can find their own tasks. The first principle of permaculture is: 'Observe and Interact'. We don't count helping hours, just projects completed. If you are good with wood, you could build us a beehive for example. Accommodation is in a comfortable double room or in our Mongolian yurt on straw bales, depending who else is here. Occasionally we need house sitters too, when we go over to our other plot in Italy to look after the cat, dog and chickens.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A comfortable room with a double bed and/or on straw bales in an 18 foot Mongolian yurt. Meals are of course included.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live directly on a bus route from Belfast, which is a bit over 1 1/2 hours away. The immediate area is very beautiful and unspoiled with long sandy and also quiet rugged beaches very close by. A short ferry trip will take you across to the location of some Game of Throne scenes (it's a nice park even if you don't like GOT).

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day 5 days a week





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