Berry Lane Cottage LAND learning centre needs a volunteer! Dec -Feb inclusive
We have a permaculture based smallholding in North Cornwall near Bodmin where we have 6 acres of gardens, forest gardens, orchards, pasture and woodland.
We rent in an additional 3 acres of pasture locally.
We have some buildings and we keep dairy goats for milk, cheese, meat and manure, we raise store lambs on just grass for meat and skins, and we occasionally have pigs who are raiders on milk, whey, veg and barley. We keep hens for eggs.
We are self sufficient in wood for our wood stoves, have 16kws of PV panels to help with electricity and are off grid for water and waste.
We have 2 paying lodgers at any one time and also do bed and breakfast in shepherds huts.
We grow masses of fruit, veg and make jams, chutneys and bottled, dried and frozen produce.
We have large formal gardens too.....a gardeners delight!
We make all our own compost used on site and reuse, perpurse and reduce in everything we do.
We specialise in teaching basic skills, animal husbandry, woodland management and sustainability we are trained trainers and have professional qualifications in Ecology. Countryside management and Landscape conservation. We have been walking our talk for more than 35 years.
So....we need a volunteer.....
What we are looking for....
A person who is sensible, enthusiastic, willing to learn, willing to get wet and muddy, willing to think differently about their life, wants to eat good food, and lots of it....wants to really get stuck in, Is not frightened of dogs, goats, sheep etc....
2 references ! This is important!
What we provide.....
Two warm dry fully fitted caravans with electric, bathroom, loo, gas cooker, fridge etc etc under a barn, one as a bedroom and one as a living space....
The use of our house at all times
Training in all you need to know
Support for you in learning
Two days off and additional if needed.
Transport if you haven't any
A beautiful place to live and learn.
Note....we are a family living our lives here....it's not a 'project' so bear that in mind!
Between now and 1st March