Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms
I’ve finally finished WWOOFing at Killruddery’s Walled Garden Project after 8 months of dedicated work. Planting, weeding, learning gardening basics, dejunking Swine Colony 1 (the original home of the pigs), making 70 liters of chutney, cleaning the oat shed in preparation for the farm market – these were a few of the major projects I was involved in during my stay here. The chutney I made all myself.
This place is a community of diverse people, mostly characters, who like any decent work of art each add their own flavor to the mix. We have a versatile mechanic, a shepherd, a gameskeeper, a kitchen gardener, an expert in formal gardens, and lots of other people – members and friends of the Ardee & Meath families who identify with the very old property and are enthusiastic to share with you their extensive knowledge about it.
The owners are striving to build community, emphasizing home-grown organic produce in the kitchen, and offering Yoga classes. I think that they’re indirectly making Bray, or the area, more resilient against the inevitable trials of a rapidly-heating world. They do so by generating social capital through cultural events, and more recently, through the acclaimed farm market, with its free entry to the public.
As for my involvement at the estate, I’ll continue working a few days per week in the tearoom, as well as my farm market assistant manager role. To Fionnuala and Anthony Ardee, my dear boss-friends, go raibh maibh agat for your trenchant generosity, humor, and warmth.