Volunteers


As part of our mission to get more people growing on a local scale and to help increase food production through sustainable farming practice, Old Mill Road offers educational work-share placements for a minimum of 2 months between September and March.

We endeavour to show successful applicants what great things can be done on a small farm, what mistakes we have made, how to produce on crappy, shaley ground, how to sell your produce and enjoy it all at the same time. We expect in return a good demeanour and sense of humour, a strong work ethic, an enquiring mind, an observant eye and self motivation.

We aspire to share our experience and knowledge with people who aim to gain a deeper understanding of small scale biological farming systems and who want to continue to grow in this field, it is not a working holiday. At this stage of our evolution we can accept an individual or couple. Accomodation is a comfortable room, with cooking facilities and access to our laundry and bathroom. We provide food for the fridge and cupboard and one main meal every day and you would also be free to cook meals with whatever produce is growing at the time. Work would be flexible and tailored to suit both parties and particular education goals.We’d discuss hours at our initial meeting. Chores do need to be done 7 days a week, after all this is a working farm, but we would work a roster to share this around.

The educational work-share deal at Old Mill Road is that we provide food and accommodation and tuition in small farming in return for your labour. Your labour is directed at learning outcomes so there is a practical, educational purpose to your labour. At this point we cannot offer a tailored internship, however you will be able to ask questions throughout the day and over meals.

 

If you are considering an internship, you will need-

  • to be fit and able, there is a lot of uneven ground, trip hazards, hard work which is at times repetitive and strenuous.
  • your own transport would be handy. The beach and the shops are not a stroll down the road and we cannot be running you hither and thither.
  • to be able to meet with us in person and spend a day or so here to see if we all can work together.
  • to be honest with yourself and to us
  • to ask questions all day long.

If you are interested in finding out more email us or phone and let us know why you would like to come and volunteer with us, what you plan to get out out of it, how long you would like to stay, and what months between September and March would suit you.