Live a permaculture life on a self-sufficient homestead

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Here you can learn more about permaculture and a sustainable, self sufficient life in the countryside. You can help us with work in the garden, the forest garden and the food savanna. We are turning our 12 hectares into an edible landscape where tourists can camp and enjoy nature. The garden needs compost and mulch, the paths need wood chips, we can do some cleaning, pruning and composting. You can also help with the chickens, rabbits and sheep.


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.

Free Hiking Tours: We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!

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

Free Events: Get free entrance for the best events in town.

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

Holistic Therapies: You can take part in any of our therapeutic activities for free.

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 German

Between 22 and 29 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.