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Area: KrakówMy name is Kamila. I'm a wife and a mother of two children aged 9 and 6. In the past I travelled a lot with no money, often hitch-hiking. On the way I was meeting marvellous people who were inviting me to their houses, giving some food and talking about their life. It was a very strong experience. By having guests in my house I'd like to thank to all these people. Now we travel in different way, but still twice or three times a year - always with children. We are happy to meet families with children in our house. We are a very active family. We like running, cyckling, walking, trekking in the mountains. I practice joga. We like to spend most of the time outdoors. We are interested in other cultures. We live in Niepolomice, a small town 20 km from Krakow. There is public transport to the centre of Krakow from the bus stop near our house that can get you to the main railway station in Krakow and old square (about 40 min). Niepolomice is also a historic town, where Polish kings used to relax. We have a castle, old beautiful church and a forrest where they used to hunt. Good place for outdoor activities!
Area: Pipestone Valley - western Canada, SaskatchewanDorothy is having her Knee Replacement surgery (finally) July 8th so we are in somewhat of a quandary re welcoming volunteers. Albeit Sietse needs help with the gardens and gathering, but as Dorothy will not be completely ambulatory for sometime there would be very little done in the way of projects and you just might end up cooking for yourself. So fellows if you are adventuresome and somewhat able to look after yourself...you could come and get yourself in shape.and perhaps some projects. Nevertheless we are booking for volunteers for September to December and of course for next year..,,.......although replies may not be prompt. Rustic seclusion/privacy, although only 16km off the TransCanada Highway (#1). Here at our farm we are striving toward self-sufficiency. We are wildcrafters who ‘live-off-the-land’- growing, hunting or gathering from the wild most of our food. COME to us if you are interested in learning more about self-sufficiency, wildcrafting or First Nation botanicals. Although we are as yet just striving toward self-sufficiency we have much knowledge to share - much learned by our mistakes- re solar heating, wood heat, animal husbandry, food growing and preserving. Although we ourselves are not First Nations Sietse's brother is a very interesting Native artist and we practice a Spirituality similar to the Old Ways. We REALLY need someone to help service our small engines such as roto-tillers and mowers.
Area: EnglandWe are in the county of Wiltshire about 20 mins drive from Stonehenge. We have a small child, a large dog and a flower patch of around 1000m2. On the flower patch we grow flowers for cutting, arranging and selling and a small amount of veg for our own use. There are lots of jobs involved with flower farming, even on our small scale. From sowing seeds & planting out plants, to barrowing compost, weeding, deadheading, arranging flowers and delivering them to customers. We garden in a nature friendly way and aim to increase the biodiversity of our flower patch.
Area:Our farm is located in the Valley of Mała Panwia, where the Odra river feeds into Turawskie Lake. We have 11 ha of land which consist of grasslands (7 ha), cereal crops, vegetable crops, and two orchards. On the property we also have our personal home, a guest house for vacationers, and century old farm buildings that we are continuously renovating. The farm was handed down to us a few years ago and since then we have been working toward converting the land as well as reconstructing the original buildings. Within our house we are cultivating a traditional Silesian family structure where three generations are living in harmony under a single roof. Each of us is considered to be an irreplaceable part of the entirety. Upstairs lives our family: Iwona (mother), Jens (father) and “our teens” Felix and Sophia. Downstairs lives Iwona's mother Heidi, father Heinrich and brother Janek. Additional members of our family include two dogs, a cat and her kittens. For us ecology is not just a means of cultivating ploughland. It’s also a way living that is incorporated into our everyday lives. Every aspect of ecology, agriculture and farm life are of interest to us; eco-tourism, pro-ecologic technology, and the like. The focus of our practice is to preserve natural biodiversity which results in a very diverse, organically developed farm. Because of our commitment to generate strictly organic goods there is no typical specialisation or monoculture. Throughout the year we try to impart our passion for and knowledge about ecology through workshops geared toward elementary, middle school and high school age kids. Groups are invited to visit the farm and do workshops focused on topics related to organic farming and ecologically based practices. We would appreciate help from volunteers who are interested in teaching workshops and practicing their native language with the children in the process. Although we grow many different kinds of vegetables, fruits and herbs, we are producing food not for commercial or financial gain but for our personal consumption throughout the year with any surplus going straight to the pigs. The focus of our work is not to produce food for revenue but to educate ourselves and others about how organic produce is cultivated. Our vegetable crops consist of pumpkins (we are collecting 7-10 tons of pumpkins yearly), courgettes, and pattypan. We grow many fruits such as apples, pears, peaches. In addition to the food that we grow here at the farm we work with a traditional Hungarian breed of pigs, the Mangalitsa, that we breed throughout the year. One of the aims of eco-farming is to establish a year-round cycle that links the plant crops with the animal breeding. The animals provide a valuable organic bulk while at the same time vegetable crops provide perfect pastures for the pigs to roam. Although the best animal for an eco-farm is a cow but we chose for Mangalitsa pigs because they are less sensitive to climate changes and require very little labor. Starting in September we produce multiple kinds of fruit and vegetable juices (on a regional scale for locals only) collecting our own fruits and vegetables as well as produce from other local farmers. We mostly stamp apples but also stamp pears, plums, red beetroots, and others. The press is for the use of other people as well. Our juices are sold from the house as well as at local bazaars. We can host two volunteers at once who we would expect to work 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Minimum stay is two weeks and anytime from March to October.
Area: FranceWe are looking for one or two people to help with household and kitchen chores starting this week Monday 8th September and then help with the closing down of our centre for this year. Otherwise please feel free to check our calendar beginning of 2015 for next years season. Wishing you well for your travels. Below is a description of what to expect here......... A former mill set in very beautiful surroundings with bamboo groves, a river running through the property, fantastic organic vegetarian food, and the connection with interesting people from around the world constantly passing through. Open from the springtime to early autumn (please check calendar for availability ) A community set in the South West France, we hosts various courses, retreats, seminars, with Meditation, Yoga, Tai-Chi, and various forms of personal development. We are very happy to welcome work always, who understand and will respect the quiet atmosphere we are offering to the many visitors who pass through here. When we are in full season, some of the courses have silent periods in them, mornings or afternoons depending which group, so please be prepared for this quiet contemplative atmosphere when you arrive. Although situated in France, and we do have some french people passing though, we are very cosmopolitan, and english will be heard as much as the french language and sometimes even more so. So keep that in mind if you are wanting to practice french. We do not accept people travelling with pets. Mostly we ask that work aways come for a two week period only arriving on a Monday if possible, and not the weekend. But on some occasions this may not be the case.