Classifieds – Beltane ’24

May 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 vacancies, courses, traineeships, events and much more. If you have something you’d like listed in our Classifieds please send us an email.

The Agroecological Way is a five day course that aims to introduce participants to the key principles of agroecology and grant first-hand insight to a broad range of agroecological enterprises in order to understand the key opportunities and challenges within the sector.

Tamarisk Farm, Dorset 5th – 9th July 2024

Two fully funded places and three places at the reduced price of £325 are available for this year’s course for those who are underrepresented in the UK farming sector, and we’re especially encouraging Black and people of colour to apply. 

The course offers a foundation in the ecological processes, politics and farming methods central to agroecology, and will give first-hand insight to a broad range of enterprises at Tamarisk Farm in order to demonstrate these in practice. The course blends theoretical sessions with time out in the fields, covering livestock (cattle, sheep and hens), arable, horticulture and fibre production.

More information and details on how to apply can be found here.

The Ecological Land Cooperative has plots available in three locations:

Orchard Park, Netherton, Cornwall – plot 1 (3.7 acres)

Furzehill, Gower, South Wales – plot 1 (5.5 acres)

Maesgwyn Isaf, Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire – multiple plots (67 acres)

We’re on the hunt for passionate landworkers and ecological entrepreneurs who are ready now, or will be ready in the next 1-2 years, to build an ecological growing business on an ELC plot.

We don’t expect you to be ready to go today. We are very keen to hear from you if you are passionate and committed to gaining enough experience to set up a small farm business. This business could be any land-based enterprise – from fruit and veg, to animal products & dairy, fibre, fuel and medicine.

More information and details on how to apply can be found here.

Ragmans Farm is a 60 acre organic farm, which uses practices that regenerate the land, using permaculture and organic agriculture as a guiding design principle. Over the last 33 years, Ragmans Farm has been a beacon for learning and training within the agroecology movement, having hosted hundreds of courses over the years on all aspects of sustainable land management. 

Hiring out our training facilities contributes massively to the upkeep of the farm, and allows us to deliver our objectives of providing affordable opportunities for new entrants to get started in ecological agriculture and landwork at the site.

Facilities include:

  • A bunkhouse accommodating up to 15 people, including a lounge with woodburner, a well equipped kitchen and a hot tub (!)
  • The Mushroom Shed- a large timber frame building in the heart of the farm which is an ideal teaching and meeting space, seating up to 50. 
  • Yurt accommodation 
  • A farmhouse which is currently set up as a holiday let, which sleeps 11 in 6 bedrooms. 

All of this is set in 60 acres of beautiful Gloucestershire farmland with traditional orchards and an onsite market garden from which you can procure freshly picked vegetables. 

We offer discounted rates for the bunkhouse for training and meeting purposes, of £548 per night during the week, and £686 per night on Fridays and Saturday.  For more information please visit the Ragmans Farm website. For all enquiries and bookings please email: info@ragmans.co.uk

The Fold hosts a vibrant market on the 1st Sunday of every month. Local, ethical and sustainable businesses with an array of products on offer from incredible Street food, organic vegetables, jams and beer to plastic free lifestyle goods, paintings, and jewellery with up to 70 stalls added every month!-

The market is free to enter and there is plentiful free parking. Ten minutes from both Worcester and Malvern, in Bransford WR6 5JB

More information including how to be a stallholder can be found 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.

Full details about the role can be found here.

Online: 4th July

Organised by the Organic Growers Alliance.

The wonderful Nathan Richards of Troed Y Rhiw farm, Ceredigion, will be talking about a particular aspect of agroforestry under cover, using stone fruit. He will discuss the experimental stone fruit production (peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries) within mixed horticultural protected cropping systems, that he has been working on.

For more information and to book your ticket (£5 or free if you’re a member of the OGA) click here.

Little Trochry Farm, Perthshire, Scotland 13th May 2024

Join LWA members Kirstin and Iain for a hands-on introduction to a range of propagation techniques for market gardening. Learn about the conditions that lead to strong healthy transplants and considerations when setting up a market garden from scratch.

The day will include practical activities, a site tour and delicious fresh lunch using produce from the farm.

This workshop is aimed at people who are working or training at market gardens and new entrants who are in the process of setting up market garden businesses, but community growers and home gardeners are also welcome!

Little Trochry Farm is on 15 acres situated on a hillside near Dunkeld, Perthshire. Kirstin and Iain grow vegetables on two thirds of an acre, aiming to supply the local community with high quality fresh produce. All their vegetables are grown without the use of any pesticides or chemical fertilisers and they follow a range of organic growing principles.

More information and to book tickets click here.

We have a unique opportunity for an exceptional project manager to join us and work with our experienced team on the delivery of a new project supported by The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust to develop affordable low-impact living solutions to support the Ecological Land Coop’s small scale agro-ecological farming model.

Location: Remote, UK based

Part-time: Flexible hours 2 days per week

Start date: June 2024

Contract duration: 1 year fixed term

Remuneration: £31,317 per annum (pro rata)

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Wednesday 22nd May 

For more information, full job description and how to apply 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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