a host appeals for help

Jan 13, 2015

Host Aundrea O’Neill from Tan Y Foel Farm in Powys recently wrote to us with this heartfelt plea for help. We would love to be able to help her get her property back up and running again and hope the WWOOFing community will be able to support her. She writes:

For more years than I care to remember, we have taken great delight in being a WWOOF host. We have welcomed hundreds of WWOOFers from all over the world; those for whom we were their first farm, and those who had ‘seasoned WWOOFer’ written through them like seaside rock. We have taught people everything from animal husbandry, cider making, wool processing, organic fruit and vegetable growing, and earth-friendly living to dry stone walling and conservation and herbalism. We have taken WWOOFers to the coast, to castles, to the theatre to endless pubs and to talks and demonstrations; in short both they and I have had a great time. And then my world changed! My mum passed away then dad had a stroke and came to live with me needing twenty-four hour care. Coping alone the farm suffered and things declined badly including being unable to keep as many livestock.

We are now in a position to rescue the farm and to turn it back into the WWOOFers’ haven it once was. Are there WWOOFers out there prepared to help invest their time to bring us back to being the great WWOOF destination we once were?

Are you are happy to tame bramble, help find the vegetable garden that nature ate, coppice the woods etc., rebuild the compost loo, repair stiles, plant up new orchard and broadleaf trees… the list goes on?

With your help, hopefully, we will be back in no time to offering WWOOFers from all over Britain, and all over the world, the chance to sit out on the patio together at the end of a day’s WWOOFing with a glass of home made beer, and share stories with their new found friends.

We very much look forward to hearing from you and to welcoming you as part of what we are terming ‘THE CREATION TEAM’. To contact Aundrea please leave a comment on this page or use info@wwoof.org.uk

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