We are two families with three children, living on a small farm in South Germany (Dürnau, Baden Württemberg).
Our goal is to get a somewhat (self-) sustainable small farm running here, but we are really at the beginning since we just bought that farm in spring 2018. There are a lot of things we still need to figure out what to do with on that farm. For example we'd like to re-activate some horse machines instead of using that old tractor we bought together with the building. But there is a lot of work to be done till we may think about things like that.
Our life on the Farm is focused on Family, Children and work that can be done together. We spend a lot of time with our kids, doing things with them (we also work with them and they are always welcome to help us to do things), practicing ATTACHMENT PARENTING. What sometimes seems like we're spoiling them by always doing what they want - but there is a lot of theory in the background and we read a lot of books about that parenting method. We also discuss a lot about how to handle past situations so we get a better success in parenting and handling our children. Also we try (more or less successful) to actively use these theories in the real world, with adults and with our own. So we just try to avoid a lot of misunderstandings and disagreements by just giving a lot of attention in how to tell things and deal with people.
We like having guests very much, since that means a lot of life around us all the time. We used to use Workaway, some alternatives and also Couchsurfing for quite some years to travel the world on our own.
PEOPLE LIVING HERE:
Katharina: freelancer Midwife, who enjoys living here
Moritz: "farm" -keeper and Student (studying part-time something with business, economy and sustainability at some online-university (home-studies).
Harry: Media designer, working part-time via Internet and also very present around the farm
Davina: Mother of twins, working part-time in an organic food shop, enjoying garden work
Three kids: (all born in spring 2016) enjoying life around the farm.
We DON'T eat a lot of meat nor milk products. Vegans and Vegetarians are very welcome!
Be aware that I do butcher a rabbit from time to time, for eating. Vegan / Vegetarian alternative always available.
And: We only buy organic food from an exclusively organic shop (that's almost a religion. If you started being that strict, you can't put a foot into a supermarket without disgust). If you have too extravagant wishes (which maybe are even not available in our local organic shop) you might need to buy them yourself.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We do speak German, English and French. I can show you a lot of handcraft things. You will participate a lot of handcraft work anyway. You will get in touch with some locals here, you may also have some free days in the city and my wife can probably bring you there anyway, since she's driving around all the time for her job.
But the main thing is: I think you got a great time and just easy going relaxing work.
There are some different tasks we are currently focusing on, for example:
- (Re)construction of a tiny house on wheels. We bought an old construction trailer and completely tore it down. Now we are about to build the walls, put in the recycled windows and mount the roof. There still is a lot of work to be done, but we aim to get it done till end of 2018.
- Gardening (if you are somewhat experienced, or if you just want to try out some crazy things, just do it. last season we started with some easy plants, but our aim is not to be dependent on food shops for vegetables all year long)
- animal care. (same thing: We just have some rabbits/bunnies for now, but we aim to be almost "self sufficient")
If you are able and willing to cook, we are very happy about that. Moritz does cook quite well, and he also likes cooking, but it's always nice to get a fresh wind into our kitchen.
German, English, French, open for any language
We are staying in a big farm house in Dürnau.
The living room ist also our guest room. We are not dependent on that room, but children like to play in there from time to time.
further possibilities for guests:
- We're reconstructing a tiny house on wheels (mobile home, heated) right now. It was supposed to be ready to move in in autumn 2018 but there were delays with the construction wood and with other jobs, so it's still under construction and it might take till December 2018.
- We just installed a worker and guest space in the barn, no photo available yet (not heated)
- there are some tents and enough ground to bring a caravan or whatever you prefer to bring with you to live in.
- We arranged some matresses on our attic (not heated) and our recent guests liked it very much.
There is a bakery in our village, but the first shop or market is 3km away, you can go there by bike easily if you like. There is another Wwoof-Farm in our village, so there are a lot of interesting people around. There is a bus connection to Biberach (and other cities around our village) about every hour during daytime on working days. We got some bikes, and you may go on a tour with these bikes for a day or two - or more. The region is quite flat, but not too flat, and there are also some very interesting cultural things in the Region. Actually it's known as a comfortable holiday biker region.
Most interesting things around here (as far as I know):
Wackelwald (Bad Buchau)
sustainability, sustainable, selfsustainable, ecological, ecologic, permaculture, gardener, farmer, gardening, farming, field, soil and humus, wheat, grain, making bread, bakery, self sufficiency, self sufficient, vegetarian, couchsurfing, wwoof, wwoofing, horse, draft horses, pony, ponies, recycling, workshop, open source, linux, attachment parenting, bike, bicycle
nachhaltig, Nachhaltigkeit, biologisch, ökologisch, ökologischer Bauernhof, Gemeinschaft, Aussteiger, Bioland, Garten, Gärtnerei, Boden und Humus, Feld, Acker, Getreide, Brot backen, Selbstversorger, Selbstversorgung, Vegetarier, vegetarisch, Vegetarier, Kaninchen, Fahrrad, Liegerad, Liegefahrrad, autofrei, Werkstatt, bedürfnisorientierte Erziehung, Fahrrad
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
I guess, not more than 25h per week, but counting hours is up to you.