Learn permaculture skills off-grid in West Cork, Ireland



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    This small project is in West Cork, Ireland surrounded by the mountains near the source of the river Lee.
    I live in a little cabin in a field where I grow vegetables, sometimes keep poultry and grow fruit trees. Its a small site but there are lots of different things to do here and plenty healthy vegetables to eat.

    I am a self-employed permaculture designer and this is my home where I try out ideas. I also provide an orchard care service mostly apple pruning in the summer and winter. Hosting volunteers can also be a source of motivation for me to organise and do work that I may have already grown accustomed to, and I am very happy to share the design concepts behind any work we will be doing. If you are interested in permaculture and motivated you will be able to learn quite a bit on the job : )

    It would be an interesting place for anyone interested in permaculture, cooking, gardening, poultry and preserving food. Its important for me that you are already good at sharing space and conscientious. Its an advantage if you have an interest in, and are happy to cook and prepare meals with natural ingredients, prioritising the efficient use of the organic vegetables that we are growing here.

    I'll be with you to show you how to do every task at the start and really enjoy working with volunteers, inevitably however as I also am running a design consultancy I sometimes will have to leave to tend to those other commitments, including over night at times.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide dans une ferme
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Depending on how long you stay, and on your prior skills and motivation, and what is happening here at the time you could learn some or alot of:
    - how to operate a low maintenance poultry tractor system
    - sheet mulching
    - hot compost making
    - french drain building
    - building skills
    - vegetable gardening skills
    - other permaculture related skills/info

    This is a Gaeltacht area. It could suit someone studying the Irish language, but English will work here too. I also speak French and Spanish relatively well. If you are interested you will be able to pick up some permaculture design concepts and techniques plus some of the Irish language.

  • Aide


    The main activities that I'd want help with here are (depending on the season and other factors) :
    - weeding and hoeing
    - cooking & baking
    - cleaning
    - planting vegetables
    - drain building
    - making hot compost
    - sheet mulching of the nursery and garden
    - watering
    - painting
    - Looking after poultry if I have them at the time. This involves moving the electric fencing & mobile chicken house, cleaning it out and collecting eggs.
    - fruit tree care
    - harvesting vegetables
    - preserving vegetables - making kimchi and chutney

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Courant
    Français: Courant
    Irish: Courant
    Allemand: Intermédiaire
    Italien: Débutant

  • Hébergement


    There is a caravan for volunteers. It has two sleeping areas at either end and a gas cooker in between. It has no running water or electricity however. During the summer camping may be an option especially if you bring your own tent and gear. At night, especially in the winter and spring months, it can be cold. The caravan has small wood burning stove but as yet is not well insulated. If you don't have much experience of camping or how to use a stove you'll need to want to learn how! You'll have to have experience in or be eager to learn how to keep warm.

    This is a wild and beautiful place - but it is still wild and beautiful because it is remote and sometimes inhospitable. Everyone wants to be in touch with nature, but not everyone wants the discomfort and challenge that truly living in nature brings. The living is good here, but quite simple.

    The place is basic in some ways - compost toilets, limited electrical power - especially in the winter, but this also puts us in tune with the environment.

    Spring water on tap in the cabin. There are two rooms to the cabin - my bedroom and the living room-kitchen-office.

    Meals are from the garden vegetables, foraged vegetables, and eggs from the chickens (if I have them at the time), supplemented with a mix of bought organic and non-organic food from town. Vegans/vegetarians welcome but its important to accept that I also eat eggs, dairy products and meat, and occasionally kill animals here for food.

    There is a gas shower we can use and compost toilets, but these are about 60m away
    I share a well with my neighbours and water use is often restricted in drier weather.
    Unlimited bathing opportunities in a beautiful but cold river pool nearby - I go in here sometimes but its cold, deep and about 800m away.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Beautiful scenery and nature. Great but cold swimming places. I'm near Gugán Barra which is a famous beauty spot with hikers and pilgrims.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?


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    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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