From: United Kingdom
04/06/2019 - 30/12/2020
I was born in Scotland but spent the Summers at my uncle's farm in West Ireland which inspired a love of nature for the rest of my life. I have travelled through many countries over the years using the Workaway and WOOF networks - and have found them to be the most culturally enriching way to learn about different peoples and places.
After graduating from the Centre of Alternative Technology (CAT), I set up two social enterprises in the UK. One was a food-growing co-operative in Wales where we experimented with High Intensity Farming techniques to produce large yields in small footprints. The other one worked with several London boroughs to solve environmental problems; such as street flooding, school food production, healthy eating and educating residents how to recycle food waste.
I am now aiming to build a Tiny House and become self-sufficient in energy, water and food, as I see this as the only realistic template for the majority of future generations as resources become scarcer. However, I still have to acquire more skills to do this. My Workaway experiences are helping me to explore potential countries/locations/micro-climates for building such a house!
I have a lifelong interest in learning new skills as well as different approaches to life. Sometimes I may be able to bring new input and fresh ideas to enhance your place, on other occasions you will probably be teaching me many new skills. I can adjust flexibly to tasks that you require and work unsupervised once shown what to do.
Cows, Poultry, Pigs, Gardening (weeding, planting, weed eating, machete work, etc), Fruit Picking, Seed saving, Cider Making, Scything, Compost toilet making, Straw-bale building, Rainwater Harvesting, Deer Fencing, Log splitting, Wood stacking, Coppicing, Admin, Marketing & Publicity, Websites, Social Media, IT fixes, Cooking, Baking, Enthusiasm.
High Intensity Growing, Market Gardening, Permaculture, Aquaponics, Vermiculture, Forest Gardening, Composting, Beekeeping, Weed whacking, Pressure Hosing. I am a big fan of the Tiny House movement in the USA with a special interest in alternative building techniques and off-grid technologies - I have seen many original approaches to these solutions and am interested in seeing more.
Love of nature and walks and great interest in old rural architecture and craftmanship. Online product/services marketing skills. Extensive knowledge of film and music and I can cook a wide range of international cuisine as well as bake cakes and cookies that will make your mouth water. Good conversationalist.
Last year I completed an internship on tropical horticulture at an arboretum on Maui, Hawaii and also designed and implemented a rich grass feed cattle shelter that fuelled a methane digester on a large cattle ranch in Mexico.
In Spain I participated in almond and olive production and did a lot of Forest Gardening and Permaculture, as well as tidying up lots of wild gardens. In Portugal I have completely restored an abandoned orange grove to full health and created a more productive method for harvesting sweet chesnuts during the Autumn. I look forward to more experiences in different regions of Portugal in 2020.
Special dietary requirements