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Member since
2013
Desired time of stay
Flexible short term/long term
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Now
Checks mail
daily
Response rate
0%
Location
Rundales Pag
Area in hectares
8 hectares
Animals
Goats, Dogs, Chickens
Diet
All diets can be catered for - please give advanced warning

Contact

City
Rundales Pag
Zip
LV30921
Country
Latvia

About

IMy first night I slept in the entrance door way with eight goats and two dogs. There were no doors, windows and the roof gave me an amazing view of the stars.

The goal is to make the farm self sufficient by spring next year (2017). Not an impossible task, but there’s lot’s to do.

I’m a Brit, living in Latvia, I turned my back on the ‘civilised’ world and enjoy living in natural surroundings without the stresses of modern life. By some standards my life is primitive, but I eat well, sleep soundly and enjoy getting up in the morning. My day consists of usual farm work, renovation of the land and buildings and learning forgotten crafts and skills.

I run a small dairy herd of goats, producing cheese. I’m expanding this year to add quail, pigs, a dairy cow and other livestock. In addition to this I grow a range of crops.

I’ve lived this lifestyle for 8 or more years now. This is the first farm that I have owned and I’m rising to the challenge of rebuilding it using old techniques and ensuring minimal impact on the planet.

So, what is there to do here? (Be warned it’s a long list.)

Livestock:
Caring for and sitting with the goats (milking them when the time comes - from January next year). Training them to pull carts, carry backpacks, making them useful team members.

Building pens, sties and arks for the the variety of livestock that will be coming to the farm.

Raising young to increase the size of herds and flocks.

Training the dogs to track and windscent.

Orchard:
Recovering the orchard from it’s wild and overgrown state. Harvesting the variety of fruits, berries and suchlike that have been planted 50 to 75 years ago and still growing strong.

Pruning trees, removing dead and diseased growth.

Caring for and training the grapevines that are growing at the front of the property.
Harvesting and enjoying the ‘fruits; of our labour. (this includes wine, beer and cider making).

House grounds:

Clearing the land around the property to return it to ‘parkland’ to enjoy, or vegetable patches.

Rebuilding two 25 sq mtr greenhouses.

Building seating and picnic areas.

Fence building (as much to keep the animals in as it is to keep people out.)

Planting of ornamental vegetables, fruits and herbs, exploring the variety of well,s ditches and suchlike.

River:
Managing of the river that borders the property.

Reed cutting, river clearance, fish management, riverbank recovery.

Pasture:

Harvesting the grasses for winter feed and bedding for my livestock.

Buildings:
Clearing and renovating two exterior barns, a cellar, pump house and pens. Building a greenhouse and other pens for livestock

Rebuilding the house:

Clearing the house, relaying the floor, repairing the roof, replacing rotten beams, installing glazing, plastering, building chimneys, a masonry stove, making a secret garden, knociking down walls and re-opening the place to it’s former glory. Just imagine that the house is four walls and a roof and, that it’s a blank canvas for grandious plans.

Other projects:
Charcoal burning
Building a forge
Building a bread/pizza over
Compost heap
Bread making
Cheese making
Wine and Beer making
Hurdle making
Green woodworking
Weaving

It’s a huge project.

My main tasks have been to give me somewhere to live and now I am concentrating on the animals (both the ones that I have and the ones that I plan to get). The greenhouse is also high on the priority list, it will use a passive heating system that will allow me to grow right through the year.

I use skills that I have learned during the 8 years that I have lived this lifestyle and I am learning new ones all the time.

Is it too much for one person? Well of course there are jobs that require assistance, two people working together get more done than one, company (in small doses) is good.

So, if you have skills that can help or want to learn new (old) skills, do you want to be part of an exciting project that is just starting up? Drop me a line and let’s see what we can do.

About

IMy first night I slept in the entrance door way with eight goats and two dogs. There were no doors, windows and the roof gave me an amazing view of the stars.

The goal is to make the farm self sufficient by spring next year (2017). Not an impossible t...

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Member since
2013
Desired time of stay
Flexible short term/long term
Visit
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Checks mail
daily
Response rate
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Location
Rundales Pag
Area in hectares
8 hectares
Animals
Goats, Dogs, Chickens
Diet
All diets can be catered for - please give advanced warning

Contact

City
Rundales Pag
Zip
LV30921
Country
Latvia

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