Permaculture eco building community project on a family farm in the mountains of south eastern Czech Republic

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  • Description

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    MISSION SEPTEMBER:
    At the moment we are looking for passionate lumber jacks to give us a hand with wood chopping:)Its really fun, though!
    Autumn is probably the most important time on the farm - we have to get ready and finish our goals before the winter starts.Here are the projects you can take part in:
    Harvesting and preserving veggies from the garden (plums, apples, pumpkins, wall nuts, beans, chard, tomatoes...)
    We are busy as the bees:)
    Goats & animal care. We are milking 5 goats at the moment (by hands) good opportunity for anybody who would like to study in our goat university:) Milking, cheese making, goat chasing. Mee mee
    Feeding chickens and putting them home at the evening:)
    RENOVATION BUILDING PROJECT: we are going to renovate and insulate the floor in our room, build the chimney and do some carpentry works. Anybody experienced in this field more than welcome.
    ...
    ALWAYS LOOKING FOR CHEERFUL PEOPLE WHO WANT TO MAKE PRACTICAL USE OF THEIR HANDS AND LEARN ABOUT ALL THINGS SELF-SUFFICIENT. WE HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

    We are a small farm with big ideas. We run this place as an open house and from spring onwards routinely have a larger crew of family, friends and volunteers staying here. Working together, learning from each other and also celebrating. If you are interested in coming please contact us. We would like to hear from you. Our core activities are

    Permaculture gardens, wild herbs, orchards and animals
    The bottom line is that we are pretty lazy gardeners and rather than forcing our ideas onto nature we let things grow, go into seed and come back the next year. The result is a diverse and happy mix of veggies that does pretty well without any spraying and for most of the time little work. We have goats, sheep and want to get chicken. In the surrounding nature is a large range of wild herbs we collect for teas, oils and tinctures and would like to develop this subject more.

    Building and repairing
    We work with wood, clay, lime, sawdust, stones, cement, glass bottles and metal. We do cob building, glass bottle walls, woodworking, ovens and rocket stoves, basic 12 V DC electrics and solar panels, chainsaw and generator maintenance, hay insulation, exposed stone technique and waterscaping. We are constantly experimenting and trying to improve and have plenty of space for new ideas.

    Household, cooking, food preservation and storage
    Probably the single most important part of the farm: the kitchen. Daily cooking might be a challenge sometimes there is even up to 10 people in the house (during the summer time) We expect you to be part of the clean up and cooking. Depending on the season we make cheese, marmelade, syrups, dried fruits, compots and ferments. We ferment fruits for alcohol, make wines, smoke meat, dry herbs and store the autumn harvest. If you want to learn about these things here's your chance.

    Our farm is on the solitary place between the forests and above the village. It's a 15 minutes walk (down, but up 30:) to the village Luzna and half an hour by bus to Vsetin. Train and bus connection both in the village. If you enjoy the simple life, being outdoors, campfires and plenty of activity this might be just right for you.
    It is a project in progress and so far living conditions are still simple. The farm is of the grid, that means electricity is only from the solar panels or a petrol generator, we have got our own water source. Heating and cooking is on the wood fired oven or a gas stove.

    The volunteer accommodation is an insulated room at the attic with oven and even a carpet :). Outside is place for tents, our tipi, a fireplace. There is an outside shower and a panoramic latrine :)
    We normally cook and eat together getting a lot of food from our own garden and animals. Household and farm chores like keeping things clean and tidy, helping in the kitchen, taking out ash and compost, collecting firewood, washing dishes, feeding cat, getting water and hay to the animals and milking the goats are part of the daily routine and everybody has to pitch in.

    We are happy to welcome you on for a weekend or the entire season but please understand that we are a very busy farm and not a place for idle hands. We have a strong emphasis on open structures and try to organise the work as a communal effort giving everybody a chance to develop and share their ideas and skills.

    About us: Us that is Anna, an experienced gardener, great cook and the heart and soul of our little household, David is a power machine of our project, Jakub is a five year old pirate. As of beginning of 2018 we have been joined by our beautiful daughter Berenika

    Cheers and looking forward to see you!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Help

    Help

    It is warming up again and we are getting ready for another busy season. All sort of help is needed so if you want to get involved please contact us

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is an open house. We welcome everybody who is willing to pull their weight and contribute towards making this a friendly, innovative place full of ideas and joy. We are happy for you to only stay a short time, enjoy the place and get stuck into some simple work or stay for longer, get some in depth knowledge and focalize your own projects.
    We have a strong focus on self-sufficiency and DIY techniques as means of self-empowerment and would like you to become part of it.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Czech, English, German, Spanish, Dutch, French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have an insulated attic with an oven inside. It is still rather basic but are happy for ideas to improve it. Kitchen and bathroom are shared.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are situated on a hill with no public road access. By foot its about 15 minutes to the next village called Lužna. A train station is in Horni Lidec about another 15 minutes by car. As both of us are working part time we can take you to town sometimes. The region has a rich folklore tradition and especially in summer and autumn there are a lot of village feasts. We have a pretty packed but flexible schedule and are happy for you to organize things as suits you best as long as things get done and everybody is fine with it.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Us

Sheep wool insulating we are working on at the moment
goat selfie
we are family friendly place:)
Happy pig life:)
Clay Building with recycled glass
freedom
Outside shover
volunteer campside
The working crew:)
Spring is back!
Harvested!
Milking goats session
Siesta!
a farm between forest



























































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