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Region: Schleswig-HolsteinHello. we are Günter, Matina and our child Carolin and we live on a beefarm in the north of germany. It is located between Hamburg and Lübeck which is near to the baltic sea. Günter works as a beekeeper with a lot of beehives. Also we have cats, birds and rabbits living with us. We are looking for help with the work on our bees from now to the end of september. Our Garden is quite big and we have also small jobs to do there. For the free time we have a big swimming pool. The closest town is Bad Oldesloe with shops and a train station. For trips to hamburg or Lübeck it will only take you 30 minutes. We like travelling in our free time. Our english is just the basic schoolenglisch but our daughter speaks good english because she has spent 1 year in New zealand. There a more familymembers which have already moved out. We are happy to show you the area if there`s spare trime. We are non-smokers! No smoking in the house. No drugs. Please no helpers with mental problems. We are not vegetarian but it is possible to adapt to that. We are looking forward to have nice people staying over.
Region: GaliciaWe are a semi retired couple from Germany having lived and worked abroad (UK 15+ years) we now have settled in rural Galicia. Here we renovated and created a home, a holiday let, gardens and a small nursery for flowering plants. We try to live as organic and sustainable as sensible and possible here in very rural Galicia.. We grow some vegetables, have supporting solar power, our own wells, etc.
Region: Valencian CommunityBeautiful 2 hectare finca in Spain 90km S of Valencia city in the valley of Orba near by the sea (9Km) and byside the rio Girona. Area dominated by Bambus and Orange trees. We are a german married couple - 49 and 56 years old. We are very open-minded, tolerant and respectful of people of different races, religions, cultures, sexual orientation, etc. we can speak to helpers in either English, Spanish or german - it is up to them. We have 2 dogs and 4 cats and we don't smoke - so we prefer nonsmokers. Every couple (or 2 persons) have your own bedroom/bathroom. We have Internet - so helpers can check their email once a day. In Ondara is also a big shopping center with wifi. We would require a minimum stay of 2 weeks (a longer stay is possible), and we expect 5 hours work per day. We have many things that need to be done in the garden, orchard, bambus forest, new house, workshop, etc. There is no lack of work nor of variety of work, from the simple to the complicated and from the brawny to the brainy. We are very flexible with work schedules and work chores to be done. The spanish bus company "ALSA" has national buses which goes from all big towns to Ondara (Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante...)We will pick you up by car in Ondara on first arrival. The two nearest towns (Beniarbeig and Sanet y Negral)are each about a 10 minute bicycle ride away; we have two mountain bikes that helpers can use to bike through the countryside. Beniarbeig has also a big community Pool and a bus goes also to Denia city it takes 1/2 hours. -------------------------------------------------- A little about our projects: We try to minimize water and to reuse and recycle as much waste as possible onsite; the rest is put in recycling containers in town. We have extensive knowledge and experience in the design and contruction of houses and buildings and personally designed and built absolutely everything (house, buildings, electrical and water systems, etc.) on the finca with own hands from top to bottom (often with some manual help and advice from family and friends) -------------------------------------------------- Below are some photos and more can be sent when you contact us.Thanks in advance for getting in touch to show any possible interest.
Region: British ColumbiaI really do mean Road's End! 15km of gravel road ends at our farm of woods, meadows and gardens near Williams Lake, BC. Road's End was the dream of two friends who both grew up in this area, spent ten or so years in various cities around Vancouver before deciding we wanted to get out of cities for good. We volunteered on farms around BC before returning to where I was born to begin our own farm. Chris has since moved on to other pursuits, though still visits from time to time, and I, Terri, am now running this business on my own! This will be my sixth growing season, my second season on my own. I am a woman in my early thirties, and I am excited to be a small business owner making a small difference through local food in my community! My partner, Curtis works seven days on and then has seven days off and will be helping around the farm sometimes when he is home. We are here because we want to do our small part to help heal our planet. Our garden is over an acre and this year the plan is to do a better job with growing more in this space. While not certified we use biodynamic practices and low-energy techniques, working towards developing sustainable, low-input systems that work with nature, not against. I have downsized on animal production this year, so some of my animal plans have changed and there will not be a large flock of chickens or cattle or pigs until possibly next year. (Usually, to provide manure for the garden we will raise a large flock of laying hens as well as a small herd of cashmere goats. We also usually raise a few pigs and cell graze a herd of cattle using movable electric fencing that allows us to provide these animals with a good life while growing good meat and increasing the fertility of the land). For now we have 2 beautiful dogs, three cats, two rats, two ducks, two horses (unrideable, but friendly), a small flock of cashmere goats and one young indoor/outdoor goat. Good food is very important to us and most of our meals consist of vegetables from our garden, homemade breads and our own pork, chicken and eggs as well as grass-fed beef from a local ranch. Vegetarians and vegans are of course welcome, but will have to do some cooking for yourselves. The log house is very comfortable but quite rustic. We have a phone and intermittent internet but no television (we do own one for watching movies from time-to-time) and no cell phone reception. Our house is powered by solar electricity. The stars are incredible out here with no city lights or even close neighbours, and the only noise is that of the birds and other local wildlife. We love this solitude, but be prepared if you're used to city living; some people find the isolation a bit too overwhelming. I go into town twice a week to sell my vegetables at the farmers' market and the new growers' co-op and you are welcome to come with me to market. I also run a CSA or "box-a-week" program. I am growing quickly and am very involved in the local food movement in our community. And while we are a bit out-of-the-way many travellers and friends find their way out to the end of the road and we are rarely alone out here in summer. There is a wonderful movement towards sustainable living and eating happening in the world and we are excited to be a part of this positive change. Every season is different, and I still am not sure what 2014 will bring. I have some big decisions to make regarding the market and how I sell my vegetables. This is a small community and was built with a focus on industry (mining/logging), it can sometimes be difficult to get people to realize the importance of local food. We've tried a lot of different approaches over the years, but it may be that this town isn't ready for a vibrant farmers' market quite yet. This season my focus will be on the box-a-week program. I have yet to decide whether this will mean delivery or if I will still participate in market as a pick-up point for veggie boxes. Because there are so many changes happening this season, I need helpers who are committed and excited about helping to build something amazing! I love this life, though it really isn't for everyone. Helpers who love being outside and who are generally positive, easygoing people seem to have the best time. We are looking for interesting and interested people who would like to help out and learn in a relaxed environment but who are also independant, hard-working and don't mind the isolation. What you get out of your stay with us will be entirely up to you. Accommodation is modest but comfortable and includes either a room in the house, a large, comfortable rv or camper van. We look forward to meeting you.
Region: South Bohemia, TaborWe are Harry and Hetty Leijstra (Dutch), and we have a campsite in South Bohemia near Tabor.