Farm Work in England
Farm work in exchange for free caravan accommodation with all meals, we ask for 30 hours help a week around our farm. You must be willing to help with all areas of the farm business and be prepared to work outside. Past farming experience preferred.
Hours & Roster: 30 hours a week
What’s included? Free bed and full board
What’s Not Included? Flights, visa, pocket money & volunteer travel insurance
Selection process: Message us about your relevant experience, why you’d like to volunteer with us & the dates you would be available
Farm Work in England – Help Required
We ask volunteer to help with some of the following tasks:
- Animal husbandry and looking after the pigs.
- Preparing food and helping in our tea rooms and breakfast in the barn.
- Customer service and floor service in the tea rooms and barn.
- Helping outside in the garden and farm.
- Outdoor clearing, cleaning and maintenance jobs.
- Helping with the potato and cereal business.
- Cleaning the residential buildings and cooking.
- Helping with our other businesses which include event catering, caravan storage and venue hire.
Sleeping: Free accommodation in our onsite touring caravan.
Linen & Laundry: Please bring your own linen, towels and sleeping bag. Laundry facilities are available.
Eating: All meal included free.
Transport: On confirmation of stay, we can provide more details on the best way to reach us. Our farm is situated under a mile from the A379, in tranquil countryside between the pretty South Devon coastal town of Dawlish and the beautiful and dramatic Haldon Hills.
Farm Work in England – Amenities & Preferences
- 2 positions available.
- Couples and two friends welcome.
- Maybe families – Please check with us first about joining us as a family.
- We accept volunteers from both sexes.
- Age preference 18+.
- There is FREE internet access.
- About the nearest town: Dawlish is a delightful town characterised by both Victorian and Georgian architecture. The brook that runs through the gardens in the centre of the town is home to the renowned black swans and leads directly to the beach. The coastline in the area offers a number of beaches, including several at nearby Dawlish Warren, where an extensive nature reserve can also be enjoyed. A range of shops and tea rooms can be found at Dawlish along with rail and bus links.
What Type of Work Is Done on a Farm?
By Beth Greenwood
Farm work is much more diverse than many people might realize. It varies according to the season of the year and the type of farm, but essentially falls into four main categories. On a small farm, the farmer and her family perform most or all of these tasks, while on a larger farm the work may be done by permanent or contracted employees.
Managing the Land: No farm can be successful unless the land is managed for maximum fertility. These activities can include using chemical fertilizers, organic fertilizers or both. Many farmers add fertility to the soil with animal manure, compost or cover crops, which are grown to a certain point and then chopped up and turned into the soil to decompose. In addition to soil improvements, farmers must prevent erosion by careful timing of cultivation and planting, managing water runoff and using other strategies to keep soil from blowing or washing away. Depending on the size of the farm, fertility management may be accomplished with hand tools, horses or mechanized equipment.
Caring for Crops: A farmer might grow a variety of crops or focus on a single crop such as corn. Other farmers may grow fruit, nut or even Christmas trees. Each crop must be planted as seeds or transplants and weeded or sprayed with herbicides. In some areas of the country or at certain times of the year, irrigation may be necessary. Many farmers also spray pesticides to prevent insect damage or use fungicides to prevent fungal infections. Orchards must be pruned, which typically occurs during the winter when trees are dormant. Crops such as Christmas trees must also be pruned for shape, which can occur at any time of the year. Once the crops are ripe, they must be harvested by hand, combines or mechanical pickers.
Animal Husbandry: Some farms are devoted primarily to breeding, raising and training animals, such as beef or dairy cows or horses. The animals need daily care and must be fed and watered. Some animals are moved to fresh pasture every day. Animals such as horses must be groomed, trained and require other types of care such as shoeing. Milk cows must be milked once or twice a day. Mares and cows must be bred, managed throughout the pregnancy and helped to deliver as necessary. Farmers also provide routine veterinary care, such as immunizations, worming or castration.
Maintenance and Repair: General upkeep on a farm is a daily process. For example, fences must be tightened or repaired. Wooden fences, barns and outbuildings must be painted. Farm equipment such as tractors must be greased and oiled regularly. Shovels, hoes, post-hole diggers and chainsaws must be sharpened. Farmers often do much of the work themselves. A farmer may become skilled in many kinds of trades in order to perform electrical work, plumbing or carpentry on the farm. In addition, a farm is a business, and the farmer must maintain records of crops and animals, sales and expenses, as well as employee payroll information.
About the Author: Beth Greenwood is an RN and has been a writer since 2010. She specializes in medical and health topics, as well as career articles about health care professions. Greenwood holds an Associate of Science in nursing from Shasta College.