Volunteer

We love to host volunteers. Some of the projects and areas of interest that we are passionate about are:

Sustainable Whole Systems Design
Edible Landscape Gardens
Aquaponics & Aquaculture
Animal Integration and Rotation Systems
Holistic Farm Management
Grey Water Implementation & Design
Composting Toilets
Vermiculture & Effective Microorganisms
Beekeeping
Natural Building Techniques
’Upcycling’ & Reusing
 

We run courses on all of the above topics at various stages throughout the year. If you are interested in any of the above please email us at jeannine@happytoes.co.za. We run short workshops and detailed courses ranging from 1 day - 2 weeks in length, depending on the topic and level of expertise required. HappyToes is also the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle and spend time reconnecting with nature and playing.

What volunteers can expect

We expect a minimum of 5 hours work a day. We like people to get inspired so that they learn and help. Working hours vary according to the season. In spring and summer, early in the day and later in the afternoon. In winter, the mornings start later and finish before dark. We encourage people to immerse themselves in the ongoing activities as well as explore the surroundings in free time.

Our daily routines include

Planting, harvesting and tending gardens and orchards
Feeding livestock
Processing harvests- dehydrating, preserving, baking
Making compost
Yoga
Building structures
Creative Arts

Other activities include: Hikes and bicycle rides, swimming in the eye and Groot Marico River, Visits to local historical and culture sites, stargazing, pizza parties, firedancing, meeting locals.

Communal life on the farm

As this project is still in its early stages we will share whatever food we have coming out of the gardens and in the kitchens. We eat simply so if you do have any special dietary requirements, please ensure that you bring or purchase any additional food, medication or ingredients to meet those needs. There is a small shop close by for some basics.

We all share costs of groceries and consumables, R350 a week per person (R50 per day). This covers basics like toilet paper, cooking gas, and staple basic food, such as rice, pap, beans, flour, noodles etc.

We expect a minimum of 5 hours work a day. We like people to get inspired so that they learn and help. Working hours vary according to the season. In spring and summer, early in the day and late in the afternoon. In winter, the mornings start later and finish before dark.

Accommodation is free, though it is your duty to make yourself comfortable and to clean your room and blankets before you leave, so that your room is ready for the next person.

We are 4km away from a small town so you can walk there if you need anything. We do a weekly trip (40km) to collect supplies and you can contribute to fuel if you would like to join the trip.

 

Application Form

Please use the form below to register for volunteering opportunities at HappyToes Farm. We ask the following questions purely to ensure that we can offer you a comfortable experience.

Before proceeding please take the following into serious consideration. We look for volunteers who…
i) Are prepared to live in basic, simple and “rustic” conditions while on the Farm.
ii) Are prepared to do physical work either in Building or Gardening or both.
iii) Want to make the most from their time at HappyToes, learning from and sharing Permaculture & Sustainable living practices and ideas.

Name *
Name
Next of kin *
Next of kin
Next of kin's contact number *
Next of kin's contact number
Please let us know which option you are interested in *
Please confirm you have read the Terms and Conditions below *
Please sign and send to jeannine@happytoes.co.za
 

Please find our Terms and Conditions here. Please sign and send to jeannine@happytoes.co.za