We are a family of four living in Somerset in the south west of England. Two adults, one 7 year old, a 2 year old, two dogs, a cat and some chickens.
We have knowledge about permaculture, herbalism, wild food, fermentation and woodworking, breadmaking, homeschooling, wild living, freebirthing and much more!
Rebecca has a stall at the local farmers market with her herbal products and Mike has a tiny bakery serving our local commuity with delicious sourdough bread. Sourcing various flours from some of the larger suppliers and supporting smaller millers who sell British heritage wheat. The bakery has been a great way to get to know more people in the area, and it does mean we are never short of decent bread.
We've been renovating our house ourselves for several years, and we have a sheltered plot around our victorian property - so just to be clear this is not a farm, but a regular domestic house with gardens. Its a small plot, but we are working towards being as productive as possible. We have vegetable, flower and herb growing plots, a small pond area, compost area, greenhouse and back garden. Mike is mad about composting, and so we have hot and cold compost heaps to keep up with, it's a self-contained waste system where everything except cooked food is composted.
Rebecca makes herbal infused oils and vinegars and so Autumn is an important time for us harvesting apples from the surrounding farms and houses and pressing the apples into apple juice and turning this into cider and then vinegar. This year we included local people to come and press, and our local home school friends to come and join in. She also responsibly forages wild plants, and uses them to make products for the farmers market, and for home remedies. She passionate about including plants in daily life, for culinary and medicinal uses, and as a basis for taking responsibility for our own health, and the health of our children.
Mike is keen on building, constructing and making anything. He likes the challenge, and enjoyment of making along with the fact that we don’t have the funds to go and buy a lot of the things we can easily make with a bit of hard work. He also enjoys, (not always in the moment) the process of learning along with the knowledge, if we don’t learn these skills the only way to survive will be to consume. We are faced with these issues daily in our consumerist world, and we are by no means perfect, but we do strive to make do and mend. We try to buy good quality tools that will serve us and those around us well for years to come, and we strive to learn how to look after these things too. It’s an almost infinite task and each job we tackle certainly has an element of this.
If your passionate about baking bread, are a baker, have some experience, or want to get into baking, this could be the place for you. I must stress though that this is a small enterprise, run by Mike all alone, if you want to be involved you will need to have motivation and be able to rise to the challenge. Mike is totally willing to teach (and to learn!), but there is plenty enough work already in the bakery, so if your keen to bake, and learn about running a micro-bakery you might need to put a bit more time in than the usual hours. We can promise to share all of our knowledge and passion with you, just be honest about whether this is right for you!
Our children are allowed a lot of freedom to play and are very energetic and curious, they love new people and you will be asked to help with child care occasionally, but mostly this will be to read them a story, or play a game with them whilst we make dinner, or work with them in the garden - they will be very interested in you! We also have two dogs and a cat and sometimes dog walking will be the first thing to happen in the day, and a bit of flexibility is needed here depending on what is happening that week and with the children, and our schedules. Things are never dull and we rarely stay on the same job for long enough to get bored.
Wood. We are passionate about cutting, splitting and stacking wood. Not only does it provide heat for us in the winter but the process is enjoyable, hard work and rewarding to boot. Plus wood is freely available from trees blown down in storms.
We are a fun family and we try to live as freely as possible whilst being conscious about our footprint on the earth. We often go on seasonal foraging trips and walks to harvest herbs and wild food and be part of nature as much as possible.
We try to work hard, but balance this with lots of fun and spontaneity. We welcome language speakers and people who like being around children and animals. Our general ethos on life is to be as healthy as possible, tread lightly on the earth whilst bringing up home schooled children in a busy world. We eat almost exclusively organic or local, non-sprayed food, and home cooked, healthy food is a big part of our life, although we are not purists and slip up from time to time!
We genuilnely love to learn as much from volunteers as hopefully they do from us, and it’s important for us to have people who are genuinely interested in compost, herbs, growing, bread making, creative projects, music, food and children. If you aren’t interested in these things, then this won’t be the place for you. We like to work hard in the day and rest well after that. You will be expected to start early, get stuff done, but have nice breaks and fun times around that.
2020 has arrived and we would love to find skilled volunteers.
New projects are a chicken run and shelter, securing our front gate and chicken proofing the back garden, planting bulbs, trees and new fruit bushes and pruning fruit bushes and trees, and general tidy up of our garden. We are looking for help getting the garden ready for spring planting, and help with several building projects including making a sauna.
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
S’occuper des animaux
Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
Speaking English, sourdough bread making, green wood carving, carpentry skills, gardening skills, cooking, building skills (traditional and modern) kitchen herbalism and some medicine making. There are lots of local farms in the area we have links with and we regularly visit the farmers market and have a monthly stall at the market ourselves selling bread and herbal products. We enjoy lively debate and discussions and fun evenings playing games if you enjoy that sort of thing. We also love musicians and hope to have more live music in our house in 2020!
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We are looking for help to finish a number of projects in the garden including: veg bed preparing, finishing a cob bread oven, general gardening, herb planting, carpentry/green wood working, composting, collecting chopping, splitting and stacking logs. Everyday chores such as dog walking, some possible child care, cooking, preserving/canning, firewood chopping, bread making, fermentation.
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We have a lovely cabin in our garden that has a double futon bed. It's a light and a beautiful space and off grid! It has a wood burning stove and is well insulated.
The cabin is basic but very comfortable with a double bed and log burner and is very warm and cosy with a nice view across the fields to the other side of the village and is separate from the house. There is no toilet so guests are welcome to use the downstairs toilet and washing facilities upstairs outside the busy family times of early morning and childrens’ bed time.
We have all the usual modern conveniences and washing clothes is easy to do.
Internet access is possible, but will be very limited as this is in the main house and we limit screens around the children and we do not have mobile phones in the house. A quick check of the computer is possible, but we would limit this time around our family time. We do have a couple of cafe's nearby where you can access internet for longer times in your spare time
We share a simple meal together, either in the evening, or at lunchtime, and provide snacks and have plenty of food in our larder if you want to make cakes, biscuits, or bread.
We home cook most of the time with very little 'fast food'. We also have a fire pit outside the cabin for those who like to cook over an open fire. We try to use this as much as possible when the weather is dry.
You will be expected to organise your own breakfast and lunch and another meal per day from our garden, fridge and well stocked larder - sometime this will be lunch, and sometimes dinner depending on schedules.
There are bus links to the two local towns - Wellington/Wiveliscombe and to Taunton. Taunton train station connects easily with the rest of the country and major cities such as Bristol, Exeter and London for day trips. There are lots of great local walks and we are close to the Quantocks, Blackdown Hills and Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks. We go to the beach sometimes and/or local rivers fairly often and we enjoy wild swimming throughout the year.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
We can accept a single dog as long as it is trained with chickens!
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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