*️*️Update Summer 2017*️*️
Looking for builders, carpenters, engineers, gardeners...
*️Stacking turf on the bog (a unique irish experience!)
*️Working in the garden: clearing, planting, harvesting etc
*️Making lots of compost for the no-dig annual vegetable plot,
*️Working on the tiny home -green roofing and interior carpentry
*️Clearing grass from young trees
*️Building a green house from recycled windows
*️And some other work... including some boring repetitive jobs!
*️Plus you will be expected to contribute to the usual daily routine: household chores including washing up and preparing food
A bit about what we expect from volunteers:
ESSENTIAL: enthusiasm, interest, energy, self motivated, ability to get up in the mornings!! willingness to help, observant, open minded, independent,
We ask for 5 hours, 5 days/week. We usually start work at 9am.
You will need to bring with you: waterproof boots, & rain gear, old clothes for working in.
DESIRABLE: Any practical skills relating to our work and projects listed below, physical fitness, a positive nature, experience with tools and practical experience working, moderate english speaking, non-smoker.
NOT DESIRED: Please do not apply if your main motivation is to travel for free or to learn english.
If your english is not great that is fine, we can work on it, If you don't have much money that's also fine, we will look after you, but you DO need an interest in what we are doing here to be your main motive for coming.
IN RETURN WE OFFER:
Lots of learning about aspects of living this lifestyle, permaculture design,etc (see below), help with english language, bell tent accommodation, reasonable amount of laundry, access to library, fresh organic meals, and you are welcome to join us in leisure activities (dancing, tai chi, yoga, visiting friends,cycling, walking,) and in our local networks activities (eg: work parties, seed saving group etc). Also the use of bicycles to explore the local area.
WE INVITE YOU to stay with us for one week and then we can REVIEW together what is going well for us both and if there is anything that we, or you, would like to change. This is an opportunity for us and you to make sure our needs are being met, and to decide if you will stay longer or not. We absolutely reserve the right to finish the contract early and you also have that opportunity.
I am a Permaculture teacher with a farm- mainly young woodlands -& garden in the Irish midlands looking for some helping hands.... main priorities here for 2017 are:
1: Finshing touches to a self-build a tiny home -woodwork, construction, natural building,
2.Maintain and develop the Permaculture food gardens, so working with plants and structures.
3.Clearing the land after the establishment of young woodland, and clearing the grass from around the young trees
4.Renovating a small stone barn using traditional lime mortar
Currently we have 20 acres of newly planted woodland, kitchen garden scale vegetable & fruit, and some poultry.
Aside from the projects noted above, general seasonal patterns are:
Winter - hedging, tree planting, cutting firewood, building, planning, inside work.
Spring -garden garden garden!
Summer -more garden, stacking turf at the bog,
Autumn - Preserving produce & Harvesting,
You'll need an interest in the above projects, living simply, enthusiasm, self motivation, energy, any practical skills or experience relating to the above projects, a willingness to muck in & help out with whatever's happening including household chores, Cooking, cleaning up, etc. & daily & seasonal farm activities. Most importantly I really appreciate listening skills and good communication!
We don't expect you to do more than your fair share but you will be part of the team here so we all play a part.
Is in a double room in the family house in winter, & in a bell tent in summer -or bring your own tent/campervan.
One of us eats meat, the other is vegan, So you choose. If you've any special dietary requirements let us know in advance of coming. All food is organic, fresh, wholesome.
The locality is very rural, as in we don't have many 'amenities' or much social activity -for younger adults, around here. The small town of strokestown is about a mile away, there is a couple of grocery shops, some bars, a school etc. The Strokestown park house, gardens & famine museum, are open to the public all year and we are cycling distance from Rathcroghan centre.
There are a handful of local festivals, traditional music & dancing.
The next nearest towns are Roscommon, Longford, Carrick-on-Shannon. There are more shops, markets, restaurants etc there. You can get a bus from Strokestown to Longford, Roscommon or Carrick. From there you can get train to Sligo, Galway, Dublin.
You can also have the use of a bicycle, and if convenient we can give you a lift somewhere.
We are 2 women working & living here.
I myself have done lots of wwoofing & we have hosted many volunteers over the years so I know what it's like from both perspectives. Between us we have various interests & hobbies from traditional dancing to freestyle dance, tai chi, yoga, meditation, hiking, meditation, socialising, exploring, singing, cooking, & more... Bring your passions with you & we can share together.
Contact us.... if you think this sounds like somewhere you'd like to spend some time! Please when you email, let me know what your particular interests & skills are & why you'd like to come & give as much information as possible.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
*Stacking turf on the bog (a unique irish experience!)
*Working in the garden: clearing, planting, harvesting etc
*Making lots of compost for the no-dig annual vegetable plot,
*Working on the tiny home -green roofing and interior carpentry
*Chopping and stacking wood,
*Building a fruit cage
*Building a chicken house.
*And some other work...
*Plus you will be expected to contribute to the usual daily routine: household chores including washing up, preparing food and caring for animals.
A spacious room (double bed) in the family house if available. A bell tent (with a mattress) in the field if the weather allows, Or bring your own tent or camper van if you prefer.
The locality is very rural, as in we don't have many 'amenities' or much social activity -for younger adults, around here. The small town of strokestown is about a mile away, there is a couple of grocery shops, some bars, a school etc. The Strokestown park house, gardens & famine museum, are open to the public all year. There are a handfull of local festivals, traditional music & dancing.
Lots of lakes & rivers for fishing & swimming (if it's hot enough!)
The next nearest towns are Roscommon, Longford, Carrick-on-Shannon. There are more shops, markets, restaurants etc there. You can get a bus from Strokestown to Longford, Roscommon or Carrick. From there you can get train to Sligo, Galway, Dublin. You can also have the use of a bicycle, and if convenient we can give you a lift somewhere.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week