Help developing an off-grid permaculture project in rural Somerset, UK

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  • Description

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    We are a couple who are creating an edible forest garden while sorting out wind turbine energy and water catchment systems to sustain us through the year. We live simply, off-grid (We do have good internet and mains water tho, so not fully off grid. D is an expert on solar systems and runs an e vehicle from the solar panels. Our solar water heating system is very efficient - showers on sunny days only!

    It's that intensive growing time of the year again. Now the weather has warmed up we're looking for one or two people who are fit, to help blitz with weeding, and digging along with other general tasks, and creating trellises etc from willow and bamboo.
    Let us know if someone is good at facilitating clutter redistribution (which involves finding the right storage) alongside.

    We have loads of pallets and falling down sheds and have made a couple of wood store to dry the wood out...... let us know if you are handy with a chainsaw or carpentry... or cob plastering..
    If someone likes to get their teeth into building we have a diy shepherd hut project and virtually rebuilding some rotten sheds!

    If you know how to extend roof structure just let me know!

    We have been working on a few broad themes -
    -Energy, finishing projects with solar heating batteries and putting in a wind turbine
    - Harnessing water setting up guttering, butts and water storage, plumbing in a tank,
    - not much luck with sinking a borehole, so need to create a pond
    - chopping, storing wood and woodchipping
    - preparing the soil, lot of wheelbarrowing, mulching with cardboard, roadside leaves, etc, making hugelbeds, prepping polytunnel

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Jardinage
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    This project is great for you if you are exploring the possibilities of permaculture but don't have access to land and may be wanting to develop skills while looking for your own project.

    We have met many lovely and dedicated people on permie training courses and would love to welcome you in this opportunity to see how it is starting a project pretty much from scratch. We would be learning and implementing together!

  • Aide

    Aide

    As newbies we would appreciate someone experienced with horticulture who knows what weeds are and what plants need right now. Some tasks that need doing in the next few months are propagating plants that would be a great skill to contribute.

    There's always trying to keep on top of planting, watering and weeding, strimming and trimming overhanging branches as well as mowing with a tractor. Let us know if you have experience with a chainsaw as various piles of wood still need processing. Mulching around trees with cardboard and straw, composting, and for those with experience building compost toilets outside, putting a coat of lime on barn and house.

    My partner will probably be preoccupied with planning - the defunct wind turbine... and creating a chicken tractor. We have runner ducks. A series of ponds will need putting in with a digger at some point.

    We have a beehive and have been planting the orchard with beeplants.

    This gives you some idea of the sorts of things that might be going on if you come...

    We have done a lot of tree-planting around the perimeter now, and propagating trees in the poytunnel. There is still pruning to do, splitting comfrey and rhubarb and artichokes, and planting out perennials in the spring.

    There's also a bit of help creating some storage areas. We have plenty of pallet wood for making basic structures. The sheds are falling down and could do with some breeze block base support and a virtual rebuild. There's a rocket mass stove build needed before autumn and then there's finishing the last coat of render on the straw bale house.

    Later in the season there's canning and pressing apples, cider and making herbal remedies ......

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant

  • Hébergement

    Hébergement

    In the summer, you have your own caravan with a comfy mattress and a small wood burning stove, which is right next to the barn kitchen and some herbs. It is in a shady place and next to the polytunnel

    There is a shady grassed area nearby, with table and chairs where it's lovely to hang out and drink herb tea.

    Toilets are bucket loos with sawdust and the property is off-grid, but is connected with water - and wifi. There is a sink in the kitchen area. The caravan has its own compost loo which will need to be emptied in the compost bay. At present water is limited on days that are not sunny! We're working on it ....

    There is also plenty of space for camping. I have started a living willow structure - which will take a year or two to develop....

    You will eat a vegetarian meal for your main meal, which will be lentils or legume based with vegetables and salads. We will be planting our own edible fruit and vegetable so feel free to forage as you wish. Oat cereals are available for breakfast and herb teas... there are different varieties of mint outside the barn kitchen area. You can forage for fruits - berries, apples. You can help yourself to eggs! We are vegetarian and eat a lot of greens! Dharma tends to do fried egg and beans as a fallback, so if you like cooking it is good to have variety...

    Cooking is mainly from food grown on the land, so dishes will be from seasonal ingredients. Brassicas grow really well here and tree spinach. we have a lot of berries and fruit

    Please note that we are off grid and the facilities are basic, so this is not a venue for someone who expects city comforts. Our hot water supply depends on solar power.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    The property is in the Somerset countryside - nearest train station Taunton - but you would probably need your own transport as it's a couple of miles to the closest village. There is a small community run outdoor pool there - open from April

    You will need to enjoy your own company as we do not usually have groups of people here

    We are still networking with the local community, as we had not long moved in before covid. We are covid aware and eat out on the deck or in a large kitchen if the weather is not so good. It's very peaceful and quiet here but you can keep your own hours. Sometimes there will be only one person on site, sometimes two (a couple)

    This place is great if you like time to draw, write, read or contemplate!

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    We have a spot for a small one - no electric hook up though except for sunny weather.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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