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We are looking for a volunteer or two to join us from around mid July, for a minimum of a month, but a longer stay would be welcome.
The work is 25 hours a week and would be mainly helping with lime pointing, and organic gardening. once the pointing is done we will get on to experimenting with some clay, lime and cow dung plasters too, if you find that as exciting as me!
We have a static caravan in the garden with electricity and wifi, which is for yourself/ves to use as a bedroom and living space, however its services are limited so the kitchen and bathroom are shared with us in our house. We very much welcome volunteers into our family, and live in community together, sharing the cooking, and other domestic tasks, and of cause socialising together!
We are mindful of the Covid situation, and have been pretty much self isolating here, observing social distancing, when we have ventured out. In that vain we feel this opportunity would be best suited to someone who would like to engage in the project here and stay for a reasonable length of time, as opposed to using it as a base to explore from for example.
There will be lots of opportunity to get hands on experience with and learn about green building and the renovation of old buildings, so this opportunity might suit a student or other person interested in these subjects. especially as you can use your free time to study if you wish. It is also a great opportunity to explore living in community in a rural area if this is something you are considering for yourself?
A BIT OF BACKGROUND
We are Amy, Mike, Ada (14) and Eartha (6)
We like among other things;
Playing folk music
Finding ways to live more in tune with the earth and those who live and grow upon it
Being outside in the woods
Drinking wine and making plans
Working hard and feeling satisfied
Cooking and eating good organic vegan food.
Reading books that make us think
We bought a derelict 17th century farmhouse, outbuildings, and 10 acres of young woodland 4 years ago.
Amy has done much of the building work herself working with volunteers and specialists, aiming to restore the property with a sensitivity to the building and an awareness of the environmental impacts of materials choices. She is now studying for her MSc in Green Building with the Center for Alternative Technology.
Choices made with the aim of creating a low impact house, have so far included a composting toilet, solar and wood heating system, insulating lime plaster, geocell floor, borate wood worm treatment, reclaimed materials, minimisation of construction waste and integration of habitats and food producing plants in the landscaping.
You will gain as much as you are willing to put in:) we are very open people happy to share skills knowledge and experiences, ask questions and share your thoughts and we will do the same!
Most of all we need people who are enthusiastic and passionate about our project and way of life!
English and a little spanish
Volunteers stay in a static caravan in the garden, which can acomodate a single person, two friends or a couple
We all cook, eat and socialise together in our house. Which is very basic but it does have a cooker, water, shower, composting toilet and wood burning stoves.
The house we are working on, is also the one we are living in! so often we have to move rooms around and accept a certain amount of dust and mess, depending of what we are working on!
We live in north Cumbria, about half an hours drive from Carlisle, which is the nearest city. The area is very rural, remote. Our house is on the edge of a small village but there is no shop, cafe , bus or train for about 12 miles.
Come here to get away from town or city life and tourist attractions, enjoy the quietness of the countryside.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
Plus de deux
25 hours a week