Honeyville volunteer programme expectations
We welcome volunteers who have a similar ethos or interest in sustainable off grid living, nutrition and water security. We follow a guideline of permaculture principles and we expect volunteers to work within this framework. We are learning as we go along and want to share with you as well as learn from you.
We all have different skills and that is why we need each other. Together we will make a change and we are ready to deepen the Honeyville vision and get her projects off the ground. The Honeyville eco village zoning is unique and the first in the country as it is a Nature reserve with ‘special rights’ for organic permaculture farming practice for sustainability and approved subdivisions for those who want to invest in this lifestyle.
Come join us and be a part of a new future.
We offer very basic accommodation in a wonderful setting and an opportunity to experience being a part of the Honeyville projects foundation phase in exchange for your time and skills.
You must be financially independent and responsible for your own wellbeing. We will provide access to a library of knowledge, our own time and experience.
You will be expected to work with us when called for and without facilitation once your chores are outlined. You are expected to be interested, energetic and motivated. A minimum of 4 hours a day is expected and more if you wish.
Honeyville Volunteer protocol and projects
Take responsibility for your belongings
Keep your bed and area tidy at all times
Be on time for daily chores and complete tasks set for that day
Cooking will be shared amongst volunteers. Food can be bought together or as discussed amongst you.
Kitchen, ablution, sleeping dorm and lounge area to be kept clean by use of a rotational roster. Cleaning supplies will be provided.
Organic toiletries and washing powder and soap to be used. If you need please ask as I can supply.
Any disputes to be discussed openly amongst volunteers and diplomatically resolved
We encourage conscious healthy eating as in plant based or vegetarian.
Organic hormone free available at butcher in Humansdorp if meat is part of your diet. We do not have a freezer.
Cultivating zone 1: Food garden
weeding, bed prepping, path clearing, irrigation, direct seed planting, harvesting,
Establishing Zone 2: food forest, Keyline dams and Swales
Fence and stone wall repair
Complete build of additional sleeping quarters
Repair of broken windows and woodwork in lounge area
Cleaning planning and prepping of off offgrid kitchen build
Chicken tractor build and programme
Worm farm management
Green manure tea
Natural fertilizers and pest control
Tree planting fruit and nut and indigenous trees
Weekly tree irrigation
Fire wood chopping
Clearing river of alien tree seedlings and bramble
Clearing walking paths
Making mountain paths for hiking
Erecting of Teepees
Cutting and cleaning of bamboo poles
General maintenance of property and buildings, lime wash, window repair
The Thatch Dorm currently sleeps four until we have bunk beds then will sleep 6. We are busy building more sleeping quarters which will will sleep another 6 to 8.
We have an ablution with two toilets and two showers.
Winter and Summer :
Slip on sandals
vests and long sleeve tops
Warm jacket and jersey
rain jacket, gumboots
Bedding sleeping bag/ duvet, pillow and blanket
A pair of working gloves for gardening and a pair for handling heavier work.
Toiletries must be organic
Hand washing powder or soap must be Biodegradable
Washing machine at main house for once a week clothes and bed linen will be done by me.
Bring your Bicycle and surfboard if you’re a surfer. Jbay and st Francis are only 25 min away.
The following are questions posed by volunteers
Honeyville Volunteer Questions and Answers
1. Is there steady cellphone & internet reception there? We are keen vloggers (video bloggers, just starting out) and also making a small income from our freelance social media services so will need to be able to access the internet(of course in our free time). We have our own wifi router however any tips on which service provider gets the best signal would be helpful to us.
- Cellphone reception is sporadic and we don’t rely on it at our home however there are some reliable points of reception on the land. Sometimes folk have messages come in whilst walking about. MTN seems best for areas that are difficult and then Vodacom reception is strong on the fields.
- We do have internet at the main house for our personal use and at our Airbnb cottage serviced by Igen. We will be getting a wifi spot setup for volunteer access but this will be when it is deemed necessary and will be at a fee.
2. We are both Vegan and enjoy a 100% plant based diet, we would very much like to know what kind of harvests we can expect from the communal garden from day 1. We have been stockpiling many of our dried staples and we are happy to provide food for ourselves but we are hoping for some semi regular fruit and/or veg from the garden.
- Regular vegetable harvesting from the garden is all about bed prepping, planting and irrigating so fresh produce will depend entirely on volunteer input. As we are only two here right now. There is always spinach and spring onion available. Currently we are harvesting a second run of potatoes , kale and onions.
- A lack of human presence in the garden has meant we continue to lose our carrots and butternut, bananas to the monkeys and all our gooseberries (lots) and tomatoes to the mouse birds as well as our bean trellises being freely harvested. The permaculture garden is also evolving and there is some self propagation so we have surprises.
- To grow food in a way as to manage a kitchen requires constant management which we is why we need you and others here. All the nut trees are infants and our peaches get eaten by the birds and monkeys. Our Tree tomato “tomatillo tree” is huge so we manage to share those with the monkeys. And our granadillas and guavadillas , bananas are abundant when fruiting. There is a very active lime tree. Lots of elderberry flowers….good to make elderflower champagne. Really easy to make.
- To avoid the veges and fruit being eaten by birds and monkeys, human presence is needed and certain areas need to be netted.
- We will continue to plant out winter veg as required by our numbers of volunteers
3. We do have a vehicle, how are the roads and is there any small shop closer than Humansdorp?
- We are fifteen minutes from Humansdorp, the closest shop . Only 7km (R322) off the R330 is gravel. Sections of this rd can get quite corrugated at times and then it is regraded.
4. We are both hand rolled tobacco smokers – we hope you are okay with this.
- We don’t smoke at all but ok if you do. Just don’t smoke in the buildings. If you partake in weed or alcohol we don’t want it to influence your responsibilities and prefer you to do it in your private time off the premises.
5. I would like to bring my portable massage bed which I use for Reiki & Crystal healing. How do you feel about this?
- By all means do so. Will be wonderful!
6. What is your main source of water & do you harvest rainwater for the garden?
- We have a solar pump that pumps water from an aqua fera and then is gravity fed to all the buildings and the gardens. We have enough water provided we don’t exceed daily rations for household use and irrigation due to tank holding capacity. We have too few rainwater tanks at this stage due to finance. We have two converging perennial rivers.
7. Is there a dam or swimming pond?
- There is a swimming pond which we swim in which is full of water lilies. We keep the middle lane clear for swimming.
8. What is the main source of power and how do we access it in the dorm?
- We are 100 percent offgrid and have no Eskom lines. Our house is solar powered John is fitting a solar system to the volunteer lounge space. Currently the dorm space is offgrid and has the use of a portable solar powered battery charged daily in the sun. It has two USB ports for charging phones and serves as a source of adequate light for the evenings . The solar system set up in the lounge space will have plug points.
8. What cooking facilities will be available to us and is there any form of cold storage or refrigeration?
- Currently we provide gas bottle and stove plates and gas fridge.
- With the help of volunteers we will be building an offgrid wood fired kitchen including bread/pizza oven, rocket stoves and outside drip cooling cold storage facility.
- When the solar system is up a juicer will be provided for juicing.
- We have 2 solar ovens and a hotbox