Henbant Permaculture is looking for new team members…

Henbant Permaculture is looking for its 2022 core team…

 

Henbant is a beautiful, small, permaculture inspired and holistically managed farm between the mountains and the sea in North West Wales. 

 

We are on a mission to prove that you can buy a small farm on a mortgage, pay for it through producing nutrient dense foods, build soil, build biodiversity, build social capitol and at the same time enjoy it. If we can prove this works then we can do our bit at making the world a slightly better place. Proving this isn’t easy however, if we are to out compete the conventional system we need to be organised and hard working. 

 

This year we are looking for a team of people to join us on this mission: livestock (Holistically managed cattle, woodland pigs, pastured laying hens and a few house cows); No-dig CSA veg box scheme; our agroforestry systems, woodland and tree propagation. We are also in need of help in building and establishing our regenerative food café and teaching space as well as a wooden yurt and a sauna. We also have low impact buildings, yurts and a campsite for guests. Everybody on farm gets involved in every enterprise but ideally we are looking for people who are particularly excited about being:

 

  • Market Garden Assistant (working no-dig garden, looking after other trees, plants and gardens) 

  • Animal Husband (moving chickens, cattle and sheep, milking cow, collecting eggs); 

  • Building Bod (helping to build a café, veg processing shed, sauna and who knows what else); 

  • People Person (helping with courses, camping and glamping, café, guests – generally keeping everybody happy).

  • Regenerative Chef (This year we would love to have farm to fork regenerative feasts, run the café for other pop up events and for courses. You would get to experience food from sowing the seed and delivering a calf, through to cooking and serving that to garden full of excited guests). It’s possible that you could volunteer and get paid for cooking for specific events etc.

 

You may feel you fit a blend of the above roles. You would be on a dedicated path to a life of regenerative farming, chefing or low-impact building. You will be hard working, intelligent, enthusiastic, people and nature loving and positive. 

 

Your job role is essentially to help the farms context become more true. No job is not your job. 

 

The ability to drive, lift heavy things and speak Welsh is an advantage.. 

 

Income

We have already filled our paid rolls for the season, these will help make your time here well informed and make sure that what we are doing is of a high quality. For the rest of you, we can offer a fun, outdoors, healthy way of living; wholesome mainly home produced and organic food, accommodation and lots of experience, conversation and training on the cutting edge of regenerative and permaculture farming and living (though if you are genuinely good at one of the things we are looking for an would need some income then please also speak to us).

 

We have a strict no-drugs policy you will be expected to eat a mainly farm produced diet (though allergies can be accounted for). We also have a very low tolerance to negativity. 

 

Matt Swarbrick (who lives at Henbant) is one of the mentors on Richard Perkins new Regenerative Farming Masterclass and a mentor for Welsh Government for farmers wanting to apply permaculture and Regen-Ag to their farms. 

 

This year we launching an ambitious range of courses for people wating to run successful small regenerative farms including soil ecology with Niels Corfield (3rd Feb), Regenerative Farm Design with Richard Perkins (31 July – 9th August and Agroforestry with Ben Raskin (date TBC).  

 

In September we are hosting the Welsh National Permaculture Convergence.

 

Whilst here you will have the opportunity to: Plant and propagate trees; Build a barn; Cook organic food for big groups; Grow your own food; Milk a cow; Build your own holistic context; Swim in the sea; Coppice a tree; Kill a chicken; Slate a roof; Drink spring water; Plan and implement a agroforestry system; Sleep in a woodland roundhouse; Make cheese; Learn permaculture; Help run a regenerative enterprise; Live in a community; Meet loads of other really interesting people; Take positive action to living in a more beautiful world.

 

Send us an email (matt@henbant.org) telling us a bit about you and why you would like to be involved. Ideally we are looking for people who can commit to the full season and that can start sooner than later, but please talk to us about what works for you. 

Some details for voluntary/kickstart roles at Henbant

  • You would start as soon as you are available and would have to commit to at least a month, we take most people for six months. We can work the rest out organically. 

  • Your primary role is to always make the farms holistic context more true. 

  • We work hard five days a week, normally 9-5 but we have decent breaks. Some jobs out of those hours (harvest day starts early, chickens need attention at dawn and dusk). About one weekend in four (on a rotation) we will ask you to work the weekend and take days off from the week.

  • We eat really well on mainly farm produced and organic food that is communally cooked and eaten. 

  • You will live amongst a small community of us all learning, working and building together. You will to have to be a harmonious part of this team.

  • We have regular learning, training and discussion sessions in permaculture, ecology, small scale regenerative farming.

  • These are all physically demanding roles.

  • We need intelligent, self-starting people who will be able to use what they learn here to go forward apply it. 

  • We have zero tolerance on drugs and very low tolerance on grumpiness and negativity. 

  • Accommodation varies but you will have your own private, cosy, space. 

  • This is a life enhancing opportunity for the right person. 

 

Matt Swarbrick (who lives at Henbant) is one of the mentors on Richard Perkins new Regenerative Farming Masterclass, a permaculture teacher and a mentor for Welsh Government for farmers wanting to apply permaculture and Regen-Ag to their farms. 

 

Whilst here you will have the opportunity to: Plant and propagate trees; Build a barn; Cook organic food for big groups; Grow your own food; Milk a cow; Build your own holistic context; Swim in the sea; Coppice a tree; Kill a chicken; Slate a roof; Drink spring water; Plan and implement a agroforestry system; Sleep in a woodland roundhouse; Make cheese; Learn permaculture; Help run a regenerative enterprise; Live in a community; Meet loads of other really interesting people; Take positive action to living in a more beautiful world.

To apply please email matt@henbant.org telling us a bit about yourself, what you hope to get from the role and why we should pick you. Extra brownie points if you drive or can speak welsh.

 

Big love to you all, Team @ Henbant 

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