DIY-Farm-Project south of Graz, Austria - farming, teaching and enjoying life

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  • Description

    Description

    If you can´t tavel the world, invite the world to your home!

    We - that is my husband Niko and me - worked in the field of democratic citizenship education in Vienna when we decided to make a dream come true and move to a farm in the South of Austria.

    Food sovereignity, agriculture for biodiversity and the philosophy of the good life are the bigger ideas that fuel and inspire our daily work.
    Since 2012 we are now trying to establish not only selfsustainment - we have a garden, fields, forest, sheep and chickens - but also an educational project we call the DIY-Farm: We offer and plan to offer different Workshops ranging from hands-on-topics like cheesemaking, leatherstitching, processing of fruits, vegetables and herbs, building and constructing to more philosophical seminars like Eating Meat, Religious Atheism and Lifestyle, Mass Production of Food etc.

    After a couple of years of learning, finding our mission - ah, yes, and raising a child, our daughter was born 2014 ;o) - things now start turning out the way we wanted it - our Workshops get great feedback, we gathered quite some routine in farming, gardening and hosting and we wouldn´t want to miss friends, neighbours and colleagues we have got to know to here.
    And still there´s always a project running we need help with, like a tree house for Aurelia, a new chicken fence, a community garden, renovating the house... And we both still earn - and want to earn - part of our money off the farm, as democratic citizenship coaches (we feel that we are needed in that field more than before taking into account recent global events and movements threatening democracy).

    Nontheless we try to take enough time to enjoy the pleasures of a self-determined countryside-life - having helpers over from all over the world and discussing life, love, food/cuisine, and politics with them is one of those pleasures.

    We are now hosting since 5 years and gathered quite some experience about what is the best solution for us as family and farmers. We realized that we prefer long-term-stays of at least a month. It gives us, including our daughter, and workawayers the chance to get to know to each other and to establish a common routine that allows us and guests to plan ahead according to everybodys needs and thus realize bigger projects and have free days also off the farm. However, sometimes we might need more helping hands for a shorter period, so in any case, don´t hesitate to contact us!

    Watch the photos to get an impression of the beautyful scenery!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help

    Help

    The exact tasks change with the projects we deal with at a given moment, but generally we may expect from you:

    - feeding/watering the sheep and chickens (sometimes including bottlefeeding lambs and/or milking sheep)
    - gardening and work on the fields (including sowing, weeding, harvesting and processing crops)
    - woodwork (we heat with wood and get it out of our own forest)
    - building and constructing
    - babysitting, sometimes household-tasks like laundry, cooking, shopping...
    - depending on our schedule (appointments off the farm) there will be days where Workawayers would be responsible for the daily farm work all alone
    - help with preparing and holding our Workshops
    - help with our social media activities and the promotion of our Workshops

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We offer helpers accomodation in our house, so you would live with us and share our every-day-life, which is farm-work, child raising, cooking and household (Isabella is an excellent cook, especially but not only on austrian dishes, including vegetarian and vegan cuisine and dishes with meat).

    We also provide bikes and a scooter if you want to explore the surroundings. If you stay long enough and there is time, we love to show people around the area, e.g. taking them to the nearby organic chocolate factory, panoramic view points, lakes etc.

    Apart from that travellers will be part of establishing our DIY-Farm-Project, which includes selfsustainment (we try to have our own fruits and vegetables, we eat the eggs and meat of our chickens and use the milk and meat of our sheep).

    We have friends and familiy over on a regular basis and we also are part of a local, if yet loose selfsustainment-network, so you could meet quite a lot of people while staying with us.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    German, English, Spanish, French, a little Russian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a spacious room which is very suitable for couples/friends or even families, and a smaller single room. We and our guests share a kitchen and bathroom. We provide two common meals a day and free access to food and drinks whenever you´re hungry.

    Regarding meat in meals, we usually try to eat only our own meat (lamb and chicken), other meat (including ham, salami and that stuff) we just buy once in a while. So be prepared to have more vegetarian dishes than ones with meat! (And don´t worry, also the vegetarian dishes are made to nourish you to be able to do physical work :o)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are a bit far off the village (3 km - so still within walking distance), and as mentioned, we have bikes and a scooter, and it should never be a problem to take you to the village by car. There is a public bus to Graz (capital of Steiermark) several times a day - Graz is not only a city worth visiting, but also has a railwaystation and airport with trains/planes taking you to other places in Austria as well as to international destinations.

  • 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

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

My Photo Album

Just beautiful
A greedy lamb
The child
Artwork: Pei Ying really left a (foot)print
Apple harvest! Niko fixing the load
Neighbours and friends helping to build a permanent sheep fence
Snow witch project
A view from above again, our house is where smoke comes out of the chimney
Helpers and friends errecting a sheep-fence
Bottle-feeding one of the lambs
Isabella with Luna, one of our cats
Panoramic view from the highest point of our farm
The village of St.Stefan















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