Tinkers Bubble, 13-18 April 2012
Tinkers Bubble, a fossil fuel free community which manages 40 acres in rural Somerset, would like to invite Reclaim the Fields to our site for 5 days of hard graft and cider! It should be a good opportunity to check out what we do, meet the Bubble-ites, and help us to get a good start to next year’s growing season.
As it’ll be in the spring we’ll most likely be working mostly in the gardens, with one volunteer staying behind at the settlement to help with cooking each day. Volunteers normally work about 6 hours a day. We have indoor, heated dormitory space for guests to stay in, and try to cater for all diets. Please be aware that we are not a vegan community, although some of use are vegans.
And here’s a little bit about us from our Diggers and Dreamers entry:
Tinkers Bubble is a small woodland community which uses environmentally sound methods of working the land without fossil fuels.
We have planning permission for self-built houses on the condition that we make a living from the land. We make our monetary incomes mainly through forestry, apple work, & gardening. As a result we’re money poor but otherwise rich! We manage about 28 acres of douglas fir, larch, and mixed broadleaf woodland using horses, two person saws, and a wood-fired steam-powered sawmill. Our pastures, orchards, and gardens are organically certified, and no-dig methods are commonly used. We press apple juice for sale, grow most of our own vegetables, keep chickens and bees, and sell our produce at farmers markets. We make loads of jam, chutney, pickles, cider, and wine.
We have solar powered 12v electricity, spring water on tap, and use compost toilets. We burn wood for cooking, heating, and for hot water in the bathouse. We eat little meat (mostly game), and try to cater for all diets. We’re currently a group of 9 adults, spanning a wide age range. Though some of us would consider ourselves to be spiritual, we have no shared spirituality. Most people wash their clothes by hand. Life is lived mostly outdoors, so it’s cold in the winter, but we live on the top of a steep hill, so there’s plenty of chances to get warm! There’s loads of wildlife on site, particularly badgers, deer, & ticks!
What to bring
Bring a torch, warm clothes, and practical footwear. We have a guest house with a wood burner, but long-johns are still a must in winter. See you soon!
How to book
Booking is essential – please note we are now fully booked. To go onto the waiting list, call us at 01935 881975. We’re over the moon that there is so much interest; we’ll set up more opportunities soon. Contact us at teamwwoof AT gmail DOT com if you have any feedback. If you do book, and then can’t make it, please, please, PLEASE tell us if you can’t make it, so that someone else can take your place. We won’t get angry or anything. We’re really quite nice actually.
For directions, see our shiny new website.