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Area: Southern FranceWe are a couple who have swapped the office for the outdoors and are renovating an old stone farmhouse in the beautiful and spectacular mountains of the Cevennes region in the south of France. Our land is in a secluded valley just 5 minutes walk from a small village and 5 minutes drive from a medium sized town which has all the typical Southern French characteristics as well as lots of local idiosyncrasies. So far we live in a caravan in a barn while we work on the farmhouse and cultivate the garden.
Area: Gjovik/OsloInterested in self-sufficiency? Want to help build a community? Love the sea? On an organic farm, a few hours north of Oslo, we are running a volunteering collective combining the dream of self-sufficiency with our love of the sea. Our community is for anyone who wants to learn, share ideas, and work hard. Anyone who has a knowledge or interest in permaculture, farming, boat building, sailing, living together to create a home that is sustainable both on land AND out at sea! We are building our first sailboat (the first of many), with the hope that when she sets sail (our aim is 2012/2013) we will be able to visit other eco-villages around the world, collecting knowledge and traveling in the most eco-friendly way possible. Anyone who helps us out will have the chance to join our crew, a tribe of floating sea-gypsies! We also work hard to build up the infrastructure of the farm. Our project is relatively new; we began in 2009 so there is still a lot to be done. We live with two dogs, the farm cat and some (very) free-range chickens. We keep bees and make jam; this year we harvested our first crop of potatoes and planted next season’s raspberries. Eventually we hope to grow all our food. We want to create a place that will continue to flourish after the boats are sailing, a place where crops, thoughts, adventures, and of course boats, can grow.
Area: Örebro, Hallsberg, PålsbodaIn the south of Hallsberg Kommun and Närke, lies Haddebo. Far away from everything, but right at Sweden’s demographic middlepoint. Here we (Liselott, Erik & a new born in may) live on our small farm, we need help with everything from maintenance of the buildings to coocking and helping in the garden,
Area: Italy LiguriaWe need helpers with a range of skills, usually people with some horticultural or dry-stone walling skills. We can almost always welcome people capable of general labouring tasks! We need help from March especially help with strimming/brush cutting the terraces. It is unlikely we can host in August. The house is small and organising dates to suit can be difficult so please be as specific as you can when contacting us. Please also indicate what skills you have or your ability to do demanding physical labouring! We usually want people able to stay at least 10 days or more. Please note * The property is a steep 2km walk up from Taggia old town. There are no immediate residential neighbours and the place may seem feel too isolated for some people. We love tranquility of it. * We require references from people without any already on their profile * The house is small so we generally don't have more than two people at any time and frequently you would be the only one. It probably best suits couples or two friends. * We assume you have your own insurance * If you are new to Workaway and have no references, please state clearly what your expectations are We are committed to the whole philosophy of Workaway, want helpers to enjoy their time with us and have made life-long friends. We have a small olive grove - Our knowledge of oil production is derived from our neighbours and we are learning. We have a hectare of land which is a bit beyond what we can manage given that we don't live there and have jobs, etc. We are not certified organic but try to be ecologically sound - have solar power, don't use insecticides, compost, etc. please note we are not harvesting this autumn. Sue is a retired teacher originally from New Zealand. We do not live here all year and come back and forth from London regularly. We all love cooking and will treat volunteers well! We have a swimming pool and are about 4 km from the sea. We receive a lot of requests and will respond asap as we understand the importance of being able to plan. It would be helpful to give specific dates if possible. Our internet connection is far from ideal- have to work away from the house under an olive tree to get a connections but will usually respond within 24 hours unless it's raining.
Area: British ColumbiaFour generations of our extended family live here at Blind Channel, a secluded spot on West Thurlow Island, on the central BC coast. This 40-acre property was in former times a large community of workers in the logging and fishing industries. Those times are past, and now we strive to make a sustainable lifestyle here providing services to tourists in the summer and transportation and accommodations for workers year-round. We generate our own power, get our fresh water from a spring, and generally do everything for ourselves. We have a store, a restaurant, a post office, a fuel dock, laundry building, a cottage, and a large vegetable garden. We are working to enhance the beauty of our property and develop more ways for people to have fun when they come to visit us here in paradise. Some of our future projects will be to add more accommodations in the form of more cottages, to improve our laundry facilities, to build an exercise room with a hot tub, and eventually construct a lodge. We also would like to add a water power system, possibly in sync with solar power in summer. Our garden needs a new shed, a greenhouse, and maybe a little family of chickens. One thing is for sure, we are never without ideas of what we could do next.