Apprenticeships (long term volunteers)

We offer an apprenticeship scheme for those who would like to volunteer at the farm for an extended period of time.

Apprentices must be able to commit themselves for a minimum of three months though preference will be given to people who can come for longer periods (from June to the end of August for the kitchen  apprentices, and until the Autumn for the garden apprentice).

These apprenticeship schemes are based on mutual exchange: in exchange for help with the running of the farm and the yoga centre, apprentices will receive all food and accommodation as well as practical tuition, providing a unique opportunity to gain first hand experience in one of these two areas.

Please note that a number of the skills falling under the two apprenticeship positions will be shared and that it is possible to ‘mix and match’ skills (such as sheep milking) that might fall under a different profile than the one you are particularly interested in.

We are especially interested to hear from people who have any of the following skills – eco-building, green woodworking, working with children (especially in the area of nature and green education).

We have two apprenticeships available from March 2018 for people who are keen to develop their skills in one of the following two areas:

Organic food production
Work consists of helping in the garden and the polytunnels, providing a great opportunity to get practical experience with organic food production as well as becoming familiar with various approaches including permaculture and biodynamics. There may also be some work in the kitchen, preserving garden produce into jam, chutney, cordials, etc. Yoghurt and cheesemaking skills are also included here. On the farm, we ask that the apprentice helps with the milking of the sheep.  The food apprentice works closely with the head gardener to provide produce for the course and the Stone barn cafe.

Cooking and accommodation management
Work consists in helping out in the farm kitchen and in the Stone barn cafe, as well as engaging with guests staying at the farm, either on courses or on personal retreats, getting the houses ready for them and making sure their stay is a pleasant experience.
This is a great opportunity to learn vegetarian cooking, bread making, and various methods of food production and preserving and to gain some experience in the catering industry. This position may suit someone with an interest in yoga, as it is usually possible to take part in some of the yoga sessions when a course is running.

To apply
If you are interested in this apprenticeship scheme, please have a thorough browse through our website, including Volunteers at Macalla Farm PDF and email us with:
– details of your relevant experience (if any)
– why you’d like to work with us
– the dates you would be available
– a picture of yourself, or a link to one on the Internet.

We will follow up by email and video conference or phone call.