We are a mid-size farm located in Lagodekhi, Georgia. Our primary crop is Hazelnut. Farm is a few minutes’ drive from the town (40 mnts walk). Lagodekhi is famous because of its Protected Area which preserves a variety of rare local flora and fauna and was originally protected in 1912, under the Russian Empire, the first nature preserves in Georgia. Farm occupies around 35 ha land, it is a mixed farm of cattle and hazelnut, it is in transition from being cattle farm to full hazelnut growing and processing farm. Already 15 ha is occupied by the hazelnut and its space is increasing. It also combines the vineyards and greenhouses.
Help with Eco project
Travelers will be introduced to the Georgian culture primarily. They will better understand its social texture, and the region itself offers the possibility to visit numerous cultural sites from ancient to modern. In addition in Lagodekhi they can be introduced to the cultural minorities (Azeri Sunni Muslims) and their traditions, also to almost extinct Russian originated Christian sectarians Doukhobors and others.
We need help all year round but especially for August, overall summer help is much appreciated. And in 2019 we will be opened only from August 1. The volunteers are welcome assisting us in keeping up with the farm. We are particularly looking for those who can assist us in farming which includes harvesting and tree-caring activities and non-farming, which includes painting works, woodworks (setting up the fence), welding and other non-professional construction working activities. Another very desired professions are eco-skills, people who can work with the solar panels, solar heating, biogas, biomasses, greenhouses and etc. Please note all farming and non-farming activities are done by the family members with the help of workers in specific cases when the professional involvement is necessary but we do not ask volunteers to be involved in such activities. On top of these, we would be happy to host the volunteers who can introduce our shepherd families living in the farm areas to foreign languages or be engaged in art, and gardening projects. Web-designers and bloggers are welcomed too to help us with our web-pages. Also, we would be happy to assist with the free lodging to any freelancers working on Georgian/Regional social and cultural related projects, travelers, researchers, etc.
We do not have any deadline based projects, all below listed projects are flexible and and an additional help would be appreciated:
- fencing the farm - it requires people who can work with the wood, the fence is typical rural/ranch wooden fence, it is required to cut the wood branches and install them through nailing on each other.
- greenhouse construction - we have installed metal carcas greenhouse and now we need to install glasses fixed by resin glue, working with glue does not require any real experience but if person knows how to cut the glass it would be an advantage.
- painting is the most demanded job in our farm, because there always something to paint, no professionalism is needed.
- warehouse construction - there is a warehouse under construction and a person with little experience of putting ceramic blocks would be a great asset.
- biogas system - we have installed biogas system however due to the lack of its practical use it has not been working, thus someone who has experience in it would be a great help.
- solar pannels - in the farm we have solar energy only, we want to expand the system and add a few more pannels and few more lights, so the electrician with the experience of solar batteries would help.
- land works - there always tones of work with land, dig it somewhere and put it somewhere.
- harvest - in August we harvest hazelnuts for 2-3 weeks, additional helping hands are always welcome.
- gardening - anyone with experince in flowers, decorative landscaping could help us to butify living parts of the farm.
- web - someone with the skills of web design, blogging could help us with our webpage to make it more advanced and increase the traffic.
- garage works - we have old machines, if there would be someone with skills in mechanics and with a passion for oldtimers could help us in their restorations.
- art - we don't need any help in that, however we are ready to host artisit, any kind, could be a person who writes and is requires peacful place or anyonce in anykind of contemporary art, or painting, we are ready to provide an accomodation.
In the farm we have 2 professional tractorists, 1 agriculture professional, 2 shephards, and seasonal workers, these people have their tasks and they don't intervine in other jobs unless they are asked for a help.
English, Russian, Georgian (native)
Volunteers are expected to stay in a living complex in the farm which has 7/24 water running, solar based hot water and electricity. It is sort of a guest house located separate from the cattle farm, near the hazelnut garden, however, there is another family living on the cattle farm side, thus you won’t be alone on the property and they can provide any necessary assistance.
Rooms are mostly for 2 persons, also 1 person can stay too. Currently, there are 3 rooms equipped and they can host 7 persons, there are 3 additional rooms that could be equipped in case of necessity. House includes a big shared living room, kitchen, and bathroom. WiFi is provided for free, also its quality is not great but good for surfing in the internet and for social media.
We will provide them with all necessary ingredients for meals upon their diet requirements, as a standard, it will contain meat, bread, rice, beans, vegetables, dairy products, fruits on regular basis. Guests are expected to cook for themselves, however once a day (fot lunch) or sometimes twice (dinner too) guests and hosts will have shared meal, in such cases meal will be prepared for them.
Being in Lagodekhi means you will have lots of opportunities for hiking in the forest, mountains and enjoying Georgian cultural heritage. You can grasp some ideas from the Calvert Journal
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week