Live a permaculture life on a self-sufficient homestead


The Exchange

Would you like to learn more about permaculture? You're welcome on our family homestead on the top of a hill in inland Croatia. We live a simple, healthy, holistic lifestyle as practical realists. With us live a dog, 5 cats, 10 chickens and rabbits. We work in the (eco, no-dig, polyculture) garden, prune the orchard, plant trees, make compost and fences to keep unwanted animals out, cook & ferment delicious food with produce from the terrain...


Title

25 hours of help per week

Animal Care: Help look after and take care of animals.

Farming: Plant crops, sow seeds and help in outside tasks.

Gardening: Help grow plants and cultivate gardens


What you get

2 days off per week

Private Room: You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.

Tent: You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.

Breakfast: You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.

Lunch: You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.

Dinner: You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

Get free drinks or beverages.: Drink up! Get free and tasty drinks for yourself.

Pick Up: We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.

Permaculture Course: Take part in our Permaculture course for free.

Use our equipped kitchen: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.


Requirements

Intermediate English or Intermediate Dutch

Between 18 and 30 years old

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs


What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa


Program Details

Volunteering here is like having a permaculture retreat. You can learn about land based and social permaculture, designing for 12 hectares and smaller projects, and applying social permaculture. If you like you can work on your own designs or make a personal permaculture design to improve your life, while being on a beautiful permaculture homestead.

We live a simple, mostly self sufficient life off the land. We love to prepare delicious dishes with ingredients from the garden and our stable. We like to make our own (sourdough) bread, crackers, cookies, fruit wines, jams, syrups, sauerkraut, yogurt, mayonnaise, kimchi & kefir.
We collect various (medicinal) herbs for tea, tinctures and oils, cosmetic products, cleaning products and for the kitchen.

The homestead is slowly turning into a permaculture nut farm where people can camp for a peaceful holiday in nature.


Activities & Shift

You can help us (4-5 hours per day, 5 days a week) with the garden, with cleaning parts of the terrain, making the camp site more beautiful and turning the terrain into an edible landscape. The animals need fences, the paths need wood chips mulch, we can do some pruning, taking care of the (polyculture, no dig) garden, composting and mulching with various methods, and you can help us with everyday tasks. Like fermenting food, making jam, drying fruits, collecting seeds, hunting bugs...


Rules

We expect a responsible, adult attitude. You keep your sleeping place clean and your (and our!) work space organised.
We cook delicious, healthy vegetarian food with ingredients from our land, and sometimes we eat (optional) meat. We can't cater vegans.