***COVID UPDATE*** We cannot currently host guests in our house due to COVID restrictions and due to my grandma staying in the workawayers' usual room!
We can welcome anyone who has separate accomodation i.e. a motorhome which we could accommodate on our car park or someone staying/living locally.
We are a family farm set in 50+ acres on the edge of the Peak District, just 25 mins on the train from Manchester City Centre.
We have 6 horses of our own in a herd of around 17. Our farm is an ethical, holistic horse farm where horses live together as a herd all year round, never in stables.
Myself and my boyfriend are converting a van to live in and have just acquired 2.5 acres adjoining the farm where we plan to grow all our own food (eventually) following organic, permaculture principles, as well as creating a forest garden.
I currently work away anywhere from 1 to 3 days a week and my mum is shielding so is not able to have much interaction with volunteers. As there may be a few days a week of alone time, the farm might better suit couples/ friends travelling together. However, when we are around me and my boyfriend are very sociable and will take any willing volunteers around all the local pubs!
We need extra help with the more physical jobs and/or building things (from composting bays to horse shelters).
We are very interested, and have some knowledge, in:
Eco-building, sustainability, permaculture, companion planting, food forests, foraging, plant identification, food preservation techniques, zoopharmaconosy, medicinal plants and natural remedies, pilates, the horse-human relationship, mindfulness with animals and classical dressage.
My mum speaks French and German and I speak Spanish and some French. We like learning new languages or helping with English language so language learners are very welcome.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Things you can learn more about here:
-Equine behaviour and welfare
-Equine emotions and body language
-Sustainable pasture management practices
- Rights of way laws and info (bridleways/footpaths etc).
We are set in a beautiful village with lovely countryside and walks but also very near to Manchester which is a culturally vibrant city with a great food and music scene. There lots to do and explore here!
We enjoy sharing, language learning and cultural exchange and like to meet new people with different ideas.
Currently work can include any of the following:
-Caring for horses
-Lots of fencing!
-Building and repairing shelters and facilities/ general maintenance
-Pasture /hedgerow management and maintenance
-DIY garden projects i.e. building raised beds.
I can give guidance with most of the above minus DIY skills, so anyone with building skills would be invaluable!
Practical and hands-on people are very welcome.
Due to COVID we can only currently accomodate motor homes/ caravans / vans or people staying elsewhere locally.
We have a fairly relaxed attitude to work and like to give volunteers plenty of time to themselves to go exploring.
Any volunteers must be friendly and good with animals and people.
We can provide food including vegan options if you let us know.
We expect volunteers to be fairly self sufficient (do most of your own washing, cooking and cleaning).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have a car park big enough for horse boxes so should be able to accomodate any motorhome. We don't have electric hook up.
May be able to accept pets depending on requirements.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 3-5 days a week