We are a middle-aged couple who run an organic smallholding with vegetables, fruit, poultry and 2 Alpaca.
We need help with gardening/horticulture/looking after hens & geese & Alpaca.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Computers/ Internet
Discover traditional Irish music, informal lessons in guitar & penny whistle ("Irish flute" in some languages). Ceili dancing in summer. We make sure to show you round the area, visit beaches & beauty spots, etc., go to the pub for trad. sessions (when possible) and generally enjoy life !
Main focus in the summer is on cultivation, harvesting & preserving veg. & fruit, for both summer & winter crops. In addition to the organic crops, we collect seaweed for nutrition & fertiliser and make our own salt from seawater. We are also interested in self-sufficiency, collecting herbs and DIY energy projects.
Room in house, you might have to share a room.
We have a small dog & 3 cats in the house so you must like animals. Volunteers live with us part of the family. Our adult daughter lives with us.
Derrada is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with plenty of opportunities for walking & hill-climbing. We are 5 mins. from the Great Western Greenway, an off-road bicycle path built on a disused railway line. 4km (2.5 mls) to Newport (shops, pubs), you can bike it. Bus to Westport 5 times daily. We are keen on traditional music, Colin plays whistle & guitar. Local ceili (traditional set dancing) in Derrada in July & August, covid permitting. Westport is renowned for trad. music.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Very flexible, around 5 Hours per day/25 hours per week - we don't count !
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