Help us on our farm near Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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  • Last activity: 29 Mar 2023



 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description


    We are an organic market garden and restaurant at the foot of the Pentland Hills on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The founding ethos is rooted in the reinvigoration of forgotten rural knowledge and driven by a necessity to endorse sustainable and progressive farming methods. Workawayers will have the opportunity to help out with a whole range of activities on the farm, from seeding to harvesting, and learn all about regenerative agricultural techniques along the way. The vegetable garden is scaling quickly over the next year, with fresh produce being delivered weekly to our Veg Club members across Edinburgh and wholesaling across Scotland. We also have a herd of 80 rare breed pigs that graze regeneratively on cover crops as well as about 250 Shetland ewes and 40 Highland cross kettle.

    The company was established in 2017 and has a seasonal restaurant on site, with vegetables sourced directly from the farm. We had our first Winter Series back open last year showcasing the very best of our produce after being closed over the 18 months due to covid. The next Summer Series is about to be launched in June. We offer the living wage payment for all hours for those working here.

    We do a fair bit of joinery and maintenance work on the farms building so would also be interested in hosting people with these skills.

    Workawayers are given their own room in the farm hostel and we provide 3 meals a day 7 days a week – using all organic produce! We're a pretty sociable bunch and will generally eat lunches together during the week.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    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

    Workaways will get to learn about and contribute to every part of sustainable food production, from seeding, preparing beds and transplanting to harvesting and packing. There will also be the opportunity to go on educational farm tours with the farm manager to learn more about regenerative agriculture if you would like to. This includes a range of different factors, from farming to increase biodiversity and learning how to improve soil quality.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    Workaways will be needed for a large range of work on the farm these will include:-
    Farm - wood cutting and splitting, general repairs around the farm, field maintenance, painting, road maintenance, operating lightweight machinery
    Gardening - weeding, planting, sowing, picking produce, grass cutting, strimming, hedge cutting, digging, composting, broadforking
    Veg boxes- harvesting, washing and prepping veg for veg box deliveries every week
    Building - assisting in new building projects throughout the year, using hand tools and power tools, cleaning out building sites.
    Butchery - packaging of meat, sausage making, cleaning kitchen
    Pigs - we have pigs in our fields during the summer months so there will be the opportunity to help look after them
    Chickens - our chickens are down at the main farmhouse, as we are currently building a chicken coop so that we can house them up at our house.
    Restaurant - when this reopens there will be the chance to help with serving seasonal produce

    We are looking for a workaway who can work both independently and as part of a team. A lot of the farm work can be physical, so a moderate level of fitness will be required. We are also looking for someone who is easy going and willing to give new things a try.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Workaways all have their own separate bedroom or caravan and a shared bathroom in the farm hostel. There is a shared kitchen set up for the Workaways to cook their own meals with the food provided (or of course their own if they choose) and a communal living room/ dining room with comfy sofas and a woodburning stove.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The farm is only a 45 minute bus ride into the center of Edinburgh, and generally someone on the farm will be able to drop and pick you up from the bus stop. The local village Balerno has a small-scale grocery store.
    We are located at the foot of the beautiful Pentland hills, near a number of scenic reservoirs with lots of well sign posted walking routes with views of Edinburgh.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 6 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 974374185433

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