Région: Uttarakhand ( District Nainital) IndiaHello to volunteers planning or interested in coming to the HFP, The Himalayan Farm Project is located in the hilly State of Uttara Khand. The Farm is located at an altitude of 4863 feet above MSL. The 5 acre Farm was abandoned by previous owners for over 16 years till we started clearing bushes and grasses on 09 Oct 2011. Since then we have grown and harvested varieties of crops and have planted hundreds of trees during winter and monsoon seasons. Vision. We are a vegetarian organic farm in the lower Himalayan mountains of India. Our vision is to create a sustainable organic farm and to introduce a growing number of people to sustainable and low impact living. The Farm is part of living planet and we aim to reduce environmental degradation, while promoting ecological viability and quality of stress free life. We believe to live with The Mother Earth and not off The Mother Earth, to nourish Her more than what we take from Her thus leaving a better place and foot prints for the future generations. We have close links with the villages next to us and we help the local government school with scholarships and volunteer teachers. Weather: October to March is best season in the Farm in this part of this country. Oct - Nov is mild winter. During the months of Dec to mid Feb, mornings, evenings and nights are cold, but days are generally warm and sunny. Mid Feb to March end is a small spring season. From April it starts becoming warm. About the Farm Project: HFP is Hari's dream project started at age 70+ ( Hari becomes 72 on 30 Jan 2014 ) for volunteers from around the globe. Eliott Mercier, from France, is the co-founder of The Farm Project. It is an all volunteer Farm Project and is an intentional community of international volunteers, from consumers to producers, that intends to re-introduce the farming model as a real sustainable livelihood in respect of oneself, other people and the environment. No one is the leader; people simply come to share their knowledge for free with the community. The uniqueness of the project comes from the fact that the farm is completely off the grid and effort to make it completely self sufficient and sustainable. During in its existence of 27months, the HFP have/ had volunteers from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and The UK besides India. We welcome both long term and short term volunteers. The minimum stay for short term volunteers is 16 days, a day each for arrival and departure and 14 days for farm work. Special souls who are willing to stay for a long duration of 4- 6 months are more than welcome. Volunteers with knowledge and skills in carpentry, masonry, plumbing, farming etc are more than welcome Mini Solar Power House We are still off grid, but we have electricity. We now have a mini solar power house at the Farm from Jan 30, 2013. The farm house has very basic accommodation almost at the very top of the hill, above a small town center of Do Goan. There's a steep pathway / trek ( one hour) leading up to the farm in Village Raila. The location is very isolated and far away from civilization. Total peace prevails here. The longest staying volunteer is generally steward at The Farm to coordinate all activities and ensure that the farm routine runs smoothly. We expect the volunteers to accept that the farm is not for having a cheap holiday, but it helps one to see that a stress free, disease free, healthy life can be lived devoid of many so called necessities of life and they willingly join in daily farm routine and community chores. We are geared to take up to 12 volunteers at any one time though during PDC we had 36 guys on the Farm. We are vegetarian by choice ( Awesome !!! ). We believe that this is not only a farm but a holistic healing center too. We are reconnecting nature with healing in all our activities. We do not cook/ serve any junk food at The Farm. The Farm had an over 100 years old traditional building ( see photo ) which was in a state of disreair. This has been restored partially. Due to paucity of funds we are yet to replace the old leaking tin roof. The volunteers have completed a new mud sala, a mud cottage, a new kitchen, three eco baths and two ceramic compost toilets before the start of our first Permaculture Design Course on 04 May 2013. In addition we installed 6X 1000 liter water tanks and laid over 3.5 Km of water pipe lines too. This was a tremendous effort with in a span of two months. We salute the volunteers who made it happen in such a short span of time. We now have a wood fired oven, completed during PDC and inaugurated on May 24 with baking of bread and pizzas. About Hari I am Hari, a retired veteran of Indian Army. On retirement after 33 years of service, I changed my profession from Arms to Farms. Since retirement, I have been involved with the community providing holistic healing services including Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Thermal Acupressure, besides helping in educating poor children in the Himalayas. During 2007 and 2008, I attended courses ( Illness to Wellness and Reconnecting Nature with Healing ) in Schumacher Collage, Dartington, UK. In 2010, I received a scholarship and attended six month long apprentice course in Agroecology in University of California, Santa Cruz. Since October 2011, I have been involved with The HFP. I have been made a Board Member of The Garden Project (http://www.gardenproject.org/) San Francisco CA 94124-0292., which is a feather in the cap of The HFP. Future Perceptions We are looking at solar, micro hydal and wind to produce power and looking into cob and adobe housing besides farming organically. Long Term Volunteers Welcome
Région: UlsterWe are organic farmers with around 60 cattle.At present we are finishing a stone barn and plan to build an extension to our house. Living in our house is myself and my husband three grown up sons,2 super cute dogs and a cat. We have a veggie garden also. Across the road is a large forest with beautiful walks and stunning scenery. We live 14 miles from Cavan and Monaghan towns. The closest town is two miles away and we can provide you with bikes. We are looking for people to help with the building and maybe in the farm. There are various other jobs available also,depending on your abilities.From September we will have a Finnish student staying with us to improve her English. Everybody in the house has a keen interest in Music and attend regular music sessions. Next door is an Outdoor Recreation centre where some of the boys work and they have a sailing boat,they take regular trips camping,climbing,canoeing,kakaying etc. If you would like to help us out for minimum one month give us a shout and we will email more detailed information.
Région: KentuckyWe farm organically, mostly with horses. Live sort of self-sufficient lifestyle in off grid home, but have farm office with Internet access. Contact us for the link to our youtube farm/music video where you can see farm and meet us. It's different now with the children growing /going and we lost my wife in 2010. now only one child still on farm and they are now away at times now for school/work. Too short handed to continue as normal, but trying 'work exchange' for some extra hands while scaling down. Located in beautiful central Kentucky, one hour north of 'MUSIC CITY USA' (Nashville, TN). Lots of lakes, rivers and world's largest cave system. Mammoth Cave National Park. Also Great Smoky Mountain National Park, which is America most visited Park and is an easy drive. You can check them both out on line. We're not commercially farming now, just growing and preserving much of our own food and for our animals. We breed, raise and train border collies for herding. All of our animals have free run of pastures, except the Border collies we are training. Unless fully trained, if left unsupervised herding dogs will find and possibly harm livestock. So we need help exercising and caring for the dogs since they stay in pens. We also need help caring for the goats, sheep, cows and horses. We also have our own milk cow and sometimes milk goats. We make our own yogurt, can our own food ect. Have four horses for farming and occasional riding. Wild turkeys and deer and peacocks commonly seen. We heat and cook with woodstoves. Sometime we work hard; sometimes we do not. Summer days in growing season can be long and hard, but rainy days help balance it out. We normally take some time off for fun things. That said, life is pretty satisfying just like we are living, so it's not a 'need to get away' thing, we just like to go kayaking and other things too. Feel free to ask anything you wish to determine if interested in visiting and helping us. We enjoy working/interacting with others including those different culturally and spiritually. We've had visitors/helpers from several foreign countries and around the states; through a different work exchange It has been a great two-way experience so far. If you wish, we are glad to supply you with reviews from our guest since it was through another organization. Be wise...be thankful, JCK & Family
Région: nr Carcassonne, AudeHi All, I set up the hostel with my mum, Jan, about ten years ago. We based the place on our favourite backpackers' of Australia and New Zealand. We aim to provide what we always hoped to find when travelling. We would like to provide accommodation for one or two volunteers , asking 21 hours work each a week in exchange for a free bed. We have cooking facilities but don't provide food. As well as being honest applicants must be friendly social types as the happy atmosphere is our primary concern
Région: South Bohemia***UPDATE*** We now have space here for two people till the 19th May because of a last minute cancellation. We're located in beautiful South Bohemia on the edge of the Czech Lake District and Highlands, 70 miles south of Prague. Breathtaking countryside surrounds the property, both forests and open fields. The country roads are lined with pear, plum and cherry trees, and there's an abundance of wild flowers such as chamomile, poppies and cornflowers. Visitors to the area often spend time picking mushrooms and wild fruit (cranberries, bilberries, strawberries & raspberries all grow in the forest near the house). Other local wildlife include deer & wild boars. In the summer the garden is lively with birdsong, you can visit the bats in the attic and watch the firefly in the evening. In the winter there are wood fires, snow cover, blue skies and beautiful frosted trees. We can offer good food, WIFI & native English conversation practice. Contact us if you are self motivated and know that you are capable of hard work. Please read this before you write: http:// workawayblog.com/ how-to-be-a-great-volunteer/ (how to be a great volunteer - see workaway blog).