Classifieds – Imbolc ’24

Feb 1, 2024

Welcome to the WWOOF UK Classifieds section. Here you can find postings from members and other friends of WWOOF UK regarding opportunities such as job listings, courses, traineeships, events and more. If you have something you’d like listed in our Classifieds please send us an email.

Opportunity to live with WWOOF hosts and work part-time packing scythes [paid work] while learning about permaculture and low impact living. This opportunity would suit a couple or single person:
● interested in learning about scything, hand farming and low impact living
● wanting to get to know our corner of West Wales
● available to live and work with us at Dyfed Permaculture Farm for all or most of spring and summer 2024 (April / May – September).

For more information click here.

Weekend chef or cook. Day shifts, 15-20 hours p/w. Permanent contract.

Full-time chef or Training placement. 30-40 hours p/w 6 month or permanent contract.

Casual butcher. Flexible / casual hours.

Farm discovery officers. Casual basis.

Event catering assistants.

For more information about this jobs click here.

Sue and Peter Cornah, in their early 70s, live in a wonderful place in South Shropshire at about 300 metres above sea level. They have a small, roadside field of about 1/3 of an acre with mains water supply, which is relatively sheltered on bedrock of Old Red Sandstone. Horses have grazed it for the past 12 years. And to their knowledge, has had no chemicals near it in living memory. We would love to give someone the opportunity to grow food on it. Arrangements could be negotiable but money is not their main consideration, rather they are thinking about nutritious food from healthy soil grown in an efficient and orderly way.

Sue and Peter would be pleased to hear from anyone interested. Please email – suecornah@hotmail.co.uk and petercornah@gmail.com

The Urban Tree Festival is an annual, community celebration of trees: their benefits and beauty, in cities, towns and all urban environments. Events, celebrations, walks, talks and storytelling are held across London and the UK.

The organisers are looking for people to volunteer time and skills – Event managers, Public relations, Fundraising, Volunteer management, Social media & Squarespace website management – this will involve Zoom and an occasional face-to-face meeting. 

Get in touch with the Urban Tree Festival team here.

Join a year-long seed production training for growers across the UK and Ireland. Hosted by the Gaia Foundation’s Seed Sovereignty Programme, this course will combine expert teaching with peer to peer knowledge exchange to build your skills as a seed grower. The course is designed to give you a broad understanding of the practicalities of seed production, as well as the political context of Seed Sovereignty. The course will be delivered by means of presentations, webinars and site visits. Some sessions are delivered online, and some will be face to face within your region.

Taught material is delivered on the first Wednesday evening of each month between March and November, and in sessions between 6.30pm & 8.30pm. There is a short ‘break’ during the summer months which enables the more practical elements of seed production to be taught on site.

Application deadline: Monday 19th February 2024

For further information click here.

Hosts in Argyll looking for 2 energetic and enthusiastic housekeepers to join their team.

Fixed Term Contract: March – October [inclusive]
Hours: Average 30 hours per week
Pay Award: Between £12 – £13.50 per hour dependent upon experience.
Live-In: Shared accommodation with utilities paid included as part of the contract.
Closing Date: Friday 16 Feb 2024

For more information click here.

Would you like to join the dedicated individuals, committed to overseeing the direction of WWOOF UK? Do you want to help more people experience the meaningful connection to self, the land and others through immersing themselves in low impact ways of living? 

We are particularly keen to hear from anyone with skills in promotions and marketing or with a legal background. We want to represent the diversity of the WWOOF community and encourage applications from all ages, ethnic and class backgrounds, people with disabilities and who identify as being LGTBQIA.

For more information click here.

Sue Coppard with friends; including trustees, staff, WWOOFers and hosts at our 50th anniversary celebration

Make a bee skep and a hackle during 3 days of teaching ‘lipwork’ (straw coiling) from May 15th – 19th includes all food and camping space, within 10 minutes walk from the sea.

Bryn a Môr are off grid and aim for food self sufficiency. We steward this beautiful piece of coastal land, part of which is a SSSI, using permacultural and regenerative agricultural techniques. We keep small number of livestock for meat and eggs, and grow willow for basketry. We run lots willow basketry workshops and camps, as well as eco-building camps – for more information www.brynamor.co.uk  We are also WWOOF hosts, opening our lovely glamping spot for volunteers to enjoy, whilst they get ‘hands on’ at the farm! Find out more about WWOOFing with us here.

All dog owners feel their dog is special, and in this case I’m right. Bronze is not only the most physically appealing dog I’ve seen, he is also a remarkable soul. Wise, easy going, kind, affectionate & gentle – unless you happen to be another un-altered male dog, in which case, watch out. Generally Bronze is all bark and no bite but when your bark is on a whole new level of basso profundo, that’s saying something! I hope to find a temporary, or, if it’s a really great fit, permanent, home for him.

If you can help send an email to Jessica Cornfeld: jessica_cornfeld@yahoo.com or phone: 07306 441546

Short, one and two day courses, in partnership with the WEA, held on selected Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the Spring and Summer of 2024 (starting in February) intended for anyone over 19 wanting to get their hands in the soil, to focus the mind, learn some new growing skills and to meet like-minded people, with support and tuition from an experienced WEA Tutor.

Courses are free if you are in receipt of income related benefits (UC, ESA or JSA) or earning under £21,255 per year.

For more information about these courses to be held at Bosavern Community Farm including: Sowing & Growing, Caring for Plants & Trees and Organic Growing Toolkit click here.

Linley Farm – organic biodynamic no-dig vegetable & flower garden – are on the hunt for the 2024 crop of interns. This year we are introducing a monthly study day, and we are expanding our growing to the field as well as embarking on a composting project. We will be making lots of our own amendments, growing incredible vegetables and focussing on soil health.

Internships run from the start of March to the end of November
• 35-40 hours a week, rotation of weekend watering/picking shifts
• Accommodation near/on the farm  
• A weekly stipend

To apply send email to: vegetables@linleyestate.co.uk

Permanent role – Full-time

Salary: £22,000 – £26,000 per year

Accommodation available on the farm.

Well established family farm providing weekly organic veg boxes to over 400 homes in Somerset and Bristol. Looking for someone to join our friendly team of growers, veg box packers, field workers & delivery drivers, who shares our passion for organic farming & providing vegetables to the local community – someone who has learnt their craft & is ready to hone their skills in medium scale (10-20 acres) commercial, field scale mixed vegetable production.

More information about this vacancy can be found here.

The Growing Trainee will learn practical farming skills, including tractor driving, infrastructure maintenance and developing cropping plans. They will work closely with the Heads of Production and the second-year Trainee, gaining in-depth experience in local sustainable food production. This paid traineeship is ideal for someone who has the ambition to manage a farm in the future and is ready to take the next step in their growing journey towards this.

Start date: March 2024.

Applications deadline: 5th February 2024 (by midnight)

Date of interviews: Monday 19th February – Thursday 22nd February 2024

For full details and how to apply click here.

Just Farmers are a Community Interest Company offering Media Education workshops to farmers and growers from all walks of life.

We are open to everyone, large or small scale; organic or conventional; raising livestock indoors or outdoors. We want farmers who believe in the importance of open communication, and will always have an open door to the media – even on a bad news day.

For more information and how to apply click here.

Five Acre Farm are recruiting a new part-time team member to take the lead on developing and managing both our community outreach efforts and our onsite retail offering. This role would suit a creative, outward-looking person with experience of community engagement and enthusiasm for promoting local food systems and nature connection.

Permanent position starting in February.

Approx.16 hrs over 2 days/week. Core hours onsite Friday and Saturday 9-4, plus some flexible comms/ordering at start of week which can be done remotely. One Saturday off out of every four (in addition to annual leave entitlement), working a flexible weekday instead.

For more information about this job click here.

We are looking for someone to co-manage our organic, pasture for life flock of shetland sheep, herd of dexter cattle and rare breed pigs. We are based in Balerno, near the Pentland hills, just outside of Edinburgh. This role suits someone who is keen to play a part in a commercially viable, regenerative farming system. If you’re ambitious, motivated and keen to be part of a team that is striving to educate and forge change in our food system then we would love to hear from you.

Full-time with possibility of accommodation.

Deadline for application 24th February 2024.

For more information click here.

We’ve got some funky zines which open out and turn into a poster! They’re designed to help spread the word about WWOOF UK. If you’re going to an event maybe you’d like to take some zines along? They might be seen by people who’ve never heard of WWOOF and, thanks to you, they’ll discover options in life they never knew existed!!!

Just email us with the name and size of the event and an address where we can post the zines: info@wwoof.org.uk

Is there a noticeboard, allotment group board, local food café or other public space where you might be able to display one of our zine/posters?

We can send you a digital copy of the poster and/or zine by email for you to print and put up. Just send us an email to: info@wwoof.org.uk and we’ll send you the files. Many thanks.

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