2019 Volunteering Opportunity
Are you interested in finding out more about what we do at Smiling Tree Farm? How we turn sunlight into delicious, nutritious, planet hugging, wildlife loving, regenerative, high welfare, organic meat and milk from contented, certified 100% grass-fed animals? Are you willing to roll up your sleeves to help out with some of the annual maintenance work? If so, then we have a volunteering opportunity here at Smiling Tree Farm that may interest you.
Smiling Tree Farm is certified organic and we run our farm using the regenerative farming practices of Holistic Management, including silvo-pasture, forest gardening, permaculture and mob-grazing.
We are looking for four volunteers for 10 days from 1-10 July 2019 (arrivals Sunday 30 June). We will focus on maintenance of the forest garden and polytunnels, as well as thistle 'budging' which is using a special narrow hoe to knock out any thistles in the mob-grazing paddocks. Plus any ad hoc jobs that need attention. If the sun shines and we make hay during this time, then we will need your help stacking bales - if that happens we need you to be willing to work a longer day to get them in while the sun shines! Time will be given off in lieu.
This opportunity is open to those who can commit to spending 10 days here on a WWOOF UK volunteer basis**, arriving the evening of 30 June, leaving on 10 July 2019. The WWOOF exchange we offer is to work 6hrs per day Mon-Fri, with weekends free to relax, in exchange for room, board and learning opportunities.
Ideally we would ask volunteers to arrive in the afternoon of Sunday 30 June, so we can have our evening meal together on the Sunday around 6pm, and everyone is ready to work on the Monday morning.
The schedule will be:
Sun 30 Jun - arrival between 4-6pm
Mon 1 - Fri 5 July - work days
Sat 6 & Sun 7 July - free days
Mon 8 & Tue 9 July - work days
Wed 10 July - free day, volunteers leave on this day
Food is an important part of your stay and I go to great efforts to ensure there is plenty of delicious food available, including the meat and dairy products produced on the farm. Volunteers prepare their own breakfasts and simple lunches, ingredients provided. I prepare a lovely evening meal with pudding that we all share together.
A typical week day here is:
- 9am day starts with projects discussed & agreed the evening before
- 10.30-11am coffee break & morning gathering
- 1-2pm lunch
- 4.15pm gather for end of day feedback, review & discuss next day's projects
- 4.30pm finish
Accommodation is shared dormitory style or you can take one of our very comfortable camp beds into one of the barns for some space on your own.
There are four volunteering spaces, we plan to fill all four but cannot take couples.
We are looking for self-motivated, positive people with an interest in sustainable food production, who can work as part of a team, pull their weight and respect the needs of others. We farm on a hillside, so you will need to be physically able.
For the benefit of our animals we cannot accept volunteers with dogs.
Non-smokers only and no recreational drug use.
You can read what other volunteers have said here.
**Volunteers will need to be members of WWOOF UK. The cost for single membership is £20.