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.
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 respectively 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. Ideally, every Workshop contains both elements :o)
We are in the start-up-phase, not only regarding the DIY-Farm but also our own Home and Family - 2014 our daughter was born - so there´s always a project running we need help with. And then there´s still the need, and motivation, to earn money, so we are still active as democratic citizenship educators.
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 (not as long on Workaway) 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, preferably but not necessarily couples or friends/travel partners. 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!
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
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 (sometimes including bottlefeeding lambs and/or milking sheep)
- feeding/watering the chickens, collecting eggs (sometimes helping with the processing of a slaughtered chicken)
- 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
German, English, Spanish, French, a little Russian
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!
We are a bit far off, but 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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
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.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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