Working as a volunteer
Woodland work, tree planting, start of lambing, fire wood processing,
planting in glasshouse/poly tunnel, preparing gardens for sowing,
feeding animals. Cleaning out cowsheds. Willow harvesting. Fencing
Firewood processing, sowing gardens,
care of lambs, opening beehives. Setting up the camp. Sheep foot
Gardening, planting bulbs,
planting vegs, wine making.
Shearing, gardening, planting frost tender vegs.
Haymaking, gardening, soft
fruit picking, courses. Ragwort pulling. Yew hedge trimming.
Honey collection, gardening. Bracken
bashing. Bracken thatching.
Bee feeding and hive closure,
harvesting, storage, making pickles, jams, wines. Taking down the
camp. Propagating cuttings.
Harvesting, Preparing gardens for
winter, firewood processing, fencing, more pickles and jams. Hedge
trimming. Prepare sheep for rams.
Woodland work, firewood processing,
pruning soft fruits. Coppicing, building, tree planting, Cutting
heather, Thatching, hedgelaying, fencing , moving muck
What to bring
Volunteers please bring plenty of old, warm working
clothes. (yes it can be very cold or wet in Wales even in mid
summer!), Waterproofs are invaluable as we work out in all weathers.
We don't have a stock of clothes to lend everyone - there are just too
many people, so please make sure you come with everything you need as
you will be miles from big shopping centres. Wellies
are essential. Working
gloves, hot water bottles and torches are useful. Alarm clocks
essential if you don't wake up early. Watches too- as people are often
working in different areas. (There is no phone reception) Bring all
your own toiletries, sun cream, plasters.
'There is no such thing as bad weather - just bad
clothes!' Come prepared for the worst and then you will only be
pleasantly surprised rather than permanently frozen!
The sort of people we are looking for!
We are looking for motivated, energetic,
people of all ages with experience of this sort of lifestyle or a real
desire to learn about it. To get the most from this experience you
need to be happy with doing hard physical work outside in all
weathers. You need to be adaptable, flexible, focused, curious
and enjoy the company of a very mixed group of people. You need to be
able to work alone or as part of a team - you will be doing both.
It is not possible to do this work if you have a weak back, sprains
etc or frequent bouts of illness. We are not a recuperation centre or
holiday camp. The willingness to learn and try is just as important as
skill. We really appreciate those who make an effort even if they make
mistakes in the process. Age has proven to be no barrier to ability.
Because you will be doing many very varied tasks that can be quite
complex, your level of English needs to be reasonable.
Directions -click here
Please note that in 2015
we will be having closed periods throughout the year. These
will not affect the long term volunteers but if applying as a short
term volunteer you will need to avoid these.
Long Term Volunteers
(Over 3 months)
We can take long term
volunteers who have a specific skill to offer and who are willing to
work with one or two helpers on a specific project. This would
generally b someone skilled in building, carpentry, landscaping,
gardening or housekeeping - but there may be others so if you think
you have something specific to bring to the farm let us know. All long
term applicants have a three week probationary period before either
side makes a longer term commitment.
Short term volunteers
(Max one month - unless you have been here before)
We do not accept
volunteers for less than 1 week - 5 working days. Most people find
about 3 weeks an optimum length of stay. We have a limited number of
places and can only accept a proportion of those who apply so please
don't book a place unless you are pretty sure you are going to take it
up - it is demoralising and all too frequent to turn away really
good applicants because there is no space.
VOLUNTEERS APPLICATION FORM
Please download and send this form back
TYPE OF WORK
Our working days are very varied.
They generally begin with a meeting at 8.45 am when we look at the
tasks for the day. Each volunteer works in their own garden till a
20 minute tea break when we move on to the main task of the day (some
volunteers come to do a specific job but most to try a little of
everything. There is a one hour lunch break around 1.00 . We continue till
4.15 when we collect up the tools and end with a cup of tea together
at 4.30. Everyone is expected to help
clear up all meals, and one morning a week to help with housework. We
share an evening meal around 7:00.
Some jobs - cooking, milking,
watering need to be done outside these hours. At weekends the volunteers
who have worked 5 days, do a minimum
of work - essentials like watering gardens or feeding animals - but otherwise are free
to wander into market in the town or explore the beautiful landscape
that we are surrounded by.
Those that have not done a full week will be expected to work. Cooking
is shared by everyone on a rotational basis.
Some jobs like milking, calf
rearing and cheese making are not seasonal
and there are periods when we do not do them at all. Opposite is a
summary of tasks that
we tend to focus on each month.
ACCOMMODATION for volunteers is
in shared rooms or balconies. There are 2 small 'cells' for those who
do not wish to share, or volunteers can bring a tent if they require
more privacy. Bedding is provided, towels on request. If, for any
reason you can not share a room it is essential that you let us know
before confirming your place.
FOOD is provided from the farm
wherever possible - in 2012 we produced enough vegetables, meat, milk
and cheese to provide for most of our needs. The most difficult months
are March - May.
We do not have the resources to cater for different diets normally -
especially those relying heavily on bought-in food, so
anyone wanting to volunteer with special diets will have to be
prepared to cook for themselves on days that they can not eat the food
provided and buy in any special foods they require. If you have any
dietary restrictions please let us know before your arrival.
We all eat together in the farmhouse and take
it in turns to cook. The evening meal is a focal point of the day when
we can all relax together after a hard days work.
INTERNET ACCESS We have wifi and while volunteers
are able to access it for travel arrangements and emails we do
discourage volunteers who are heavily dependant on use of computers.
If you have an internet addiction and don't want to get off the sofa
all weekend this really is not the place for you. Use of laptops/
mobile phones etc is restricted to bedrooms or the living room. There
is no mobile phone reception in the house.
DRUGS We have a strict policy of no unprescribed
drugs on the farm. Please respect this and do not embarrass us into
having to ask you to leave. Alcohol is allowed in moderation - but
drunkeness is not! Please respect others though - everything
brought to the table is for sharing, not individual consumption.