About the local hosting organizationCaerhys Organic Community Agriculture (COCA) is an agricultural scheme run for and supported by the local community. COCA members share delicious organic food grown in partnership with local farmers. are in naturally grown food without any artificial additions. the concept is simple and based on mutual benefit and shared risk. Shares visit Caerhys Organic Farm or the nearest pick-up point to where they live to collect their weekly share of freshly harvested seasonal vegetables. Apart from a colorful array of veggies, herbs, and flowers, The farm is also home to cattle and pigs, which are all of a Welsh breed, dogs who enjoy helping with the work and horses to keep up the diversity. Coca works with local organic farmers to ensure the range and quality of produce available to members are the best it can be through that sharer’s can also buy fresh local produce – organic milk, cheese, eggs and free-range organic meats.
About the volunteer workVolunteers will be working on average between 9.00 and 17.00 each day with weekends off. The main purpose of the workcamp will be in relation to COCA’s annual Harvest Party on Saturday 20th August. The Harvest Party is the most exciting event of the year for COCA as it is a chance to bring people from the community to the farm for food, drink and music, and for COCA’s members to come together to celebrate the season and have a great time. There will be live music, food from the BBQ and cob oven and drink from local suppliers. The volunteers will help out before, during and after the party. This will include making posters, fliers, and signs for advertisement, promoting the event, helping to plan and organize, making decorations, and ensuring the party runs smoothly and everyone has an amazing time. Your creativity and ideas are very welcome! The volunteers will also be working in the fields and polytunnels. They will be sowing, planting, weeding and harvesting vegetables and salads. The volunteers will learn and develop skills in the growing of organic vegetables and salads in a sustainable way as part of a community initiative. As this is an environmental project, volunteers will need to be prepared for physical work outdoors. Even in the summer in Wales, there may be rain, wind and mud! Come prepared for all possibilities.
Local accommodationThe group will stay in a warm bunkhouse with bunk beds in COCA. Volunteers have access to a simple bathroom with a shower, basin, and toilet.(A washing machine is available) A small community kitchen is available and food can be cooked on a gas hob cooker. The group will cook together using produce from the farm whenever possible. Some food will also come from surplus food donations which are a part of COCA's ethic to live in a sustainable way and avoids waste wherever possible. There are limited internet access and phone reception on the farm site. (please be aware of that)
About the project locationis located in Pembrokeshire, a beautiful national park area situated on the coast of West Wales. The farm is in a magnificent location overlooking Abereiddi Bay.
Requirements Waterproof working boots Waterproof clothing (coat, trousers, and hat) which can get dirty Warm clothes and different layers as it can get cold quickly even in summer A good sleeping bag Swimsuit (optional) A torch Towels and toiletries Games, recipes, games and music from home Energy, enthusiasm and an open mind