The volunteers will be working with the farmers and COCA members to prepare for COCA’s annual Community Feast and Harvest Festival which will take place at the farm on 16th / 17th August. The festival will bring together COCA members and the local community to celebrate this year’s harvest, and to eat, drink, and enjoy live music. The event will also act as an educational platform to share thoughts and ideas on sustainable and eco-friendly food production. The volunteers will take a very active role in the festival preparations, including event administration, decorating the venue, promoting and publicising and preparing food. The volunteers will also be helping out with general farm work, including weeding and planting a wide variety of vegetables and salads. Volunteers will be able learn about community supported agriculture, and develop horticultural skills. This is also a great opportunity to gain experience in event management, and volunteers will have the chance to be very creative.
Volunteers will live in one of the farm buildings or one of the mobile homes (caravans) or in tents (depending on weather and availability) and will need to bring warm sleeping bags. There is a barn area for communal activities, and a kitchen and shower nearby. The group will cook together using produce from the farm whenever possible. Some food will also come from surplus food donations which is a part of COCA’s ethic to live in a sustainable way and avoids waste wherever possible.
Caerhys is located in Pembrokeshire, a beautiful National Park area situated on the coast of West Wales. Although this project is remote, the nearest city of St David’s (the smallest city in the UK) is four miles away and buses to the city run around four times a day during the peak season. There are lots of activities available in this area including walking the famous Welsh Coastal path, water sports such as kayaking, surfing and coasteering, as well as rock climbing and fishing. Despite being small the area is a very popular tourist destination thanks to its natural beauty and vibrant culture. Days off will be negotiated on arrival, but usually these are on the weekend or some weekdays around the festival.
Caerhys 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. For more information visit the COCA website at www.coca-csa.org
Volunteers need to bring a sleeping bag – thick if possible, pillow, gloves, hat, strong waterproof working boots with good grip and ankle support, indoor shoes, waterproof jackets and trousers, warm socks (lots), warm pyjamas and jumpers, layers (vests, long sleeved tops, leggings, shorts), towel – BRING ENOUGH CLOTHES FOR PERIOD AS MAY ONLY BE ABLE TO WASH CLOTHES ONCE IF AT ALL. Volunteers would also benefit from separate torch (head torch best) and spare batteries, entertainment (games, cards, paper, pens…), hot water bottle…