Help out on an organic/eco-farm near Materija, Slovenia

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  • Description

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    *️️️️️️️️October - December 2017 *️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️ are you ready to try live the farm life ;) ? Than join us :)

    We need help with harvesting, weeding and we ll built the green house tunel (but the weather has to be good to built tunel).

    Organic farm

    Pozdravljeni :) We are former travellers, motorbikers, freestylers and volunteers. So we are aware how Volunteer help is really important. But is also really important to enjoy every single day ;) We respect every single workaway volunteer, because you bring us new knowledge, new stories and new energy which we adore. Till now we met a lot of people, with amazing stories, advices, recepies, ideas and they all helped us a lot on the farm with our work. If you want to stay with us and share you energy, stories, ideas and help us with the work on the farm, you are more than welcome. And volunteers who stay with us, they/you become our friends and family. Hope to meet you soon. So if you decide to stay and live with is, than also please do help us with the work on the farm.

    Short about us:

    Our farm is an organic farm on which four generations of our family live and work. We produce organic vegetables and raise our animals organically. From May until December we require a lot of help this is when we prepare the land for planting and harvesting the vegetables we produce. We would like to invite people who love nature and the freedom of the great outdoors to our wonderful mountainside farm. We appreciate your help. In-short: We would be glad to host you. Please don’t worry if some of our family members do not speak perfect English we can communicate in German and Italian too. However, the most important thing of all is - we are here to learn from each other and have fun in the process.

    When we live together is also important to respect some ground rools of living and working together:
    We live as a family together with our dear volunteers, and that why we wish that also everybody is helping in every aspect. Because farming is not only work in the field, its much more than that.

    HELP on the farm:
    - we respect every single minute you spend helping us on the farm. And we are really thankful when you do your work really good and with passion. We understand that you can not know everything, thats why we are here to teach, to show and to help you to learn new skills which are needed for a life on a farm ;)

    FAMILY:
    We all work together, but when you finish working it doesnt mean that we also (family) stop :) Please dont be dissapointed if the family members arent always around inside the house. Bogdan & co are always working, Metka is taking care of kids and houshold and her job, so sometimes its impossible to see us in the house. So please spend time with us/ talk to us/ask questions - just do it, when we are working, cleaning or bakin pizza lte in the night. There is always the right moment. It s the nature of our work, our lifestyle.

    WATER:
    - the village has its own water spring. We respect water and the nature. Thats why we take short showers and use water only when needed. Please close the tap/pipe/shower when not needed. So we all have enough water also to drink, to water plants, for cooking, for animals ... please respect water and nature. Thank you.

    LANGUAGE:
    - Not all of the family members are fluent in english, so please take your time and try to find out what the other person is saying. We all have to be creative to find a way how to understand each other.

    WEEKENDS:
    Weekend are off to travel around Slovenia.
    But if you decide to stay on farm on weekend please help us couple of hours for exchange for food.

    PLEASE:
    - Enjoy your staying with us every single minute and do help us with work on the farm
    - discover the farm, visit the animals, visit the field, forest. We have 100 cows, 20 sheeps and goats 10 rabbits, 50 chickens, 10 turkeys, 2 dogs and hm ... maybe some mouse from the field, and fox in the forest, deer, ;)
    - don't miss any beautiful sunset here
    - visit the caves, coast, mountains, cities
    - spend time with our family when we stop with work and have fun learning slovene and you teach us your language
    - thank you for reading our profile and we would be glad to host you

    Wish you a great day and a lot of amazing travel experiences

    Lots of love

    Metka, Bogdan, Jonas, Patrik, Zarja, Joži, Marijan, Jana, Vida ;) ;)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Help

    Help

    Help at our farm is very wide:

    *️️️️️️️️now - end of December 2017*️️️️️️️️: Help out on the field with vegetables, weeding, picking the stones from the field, planting vegetables, picking up/harvesting the vegetables, getting it ready for market: clean, trim, wash and put in boxes for transport, sometimes cleaning stables, daily help with cooking lunch&dinner for volunteers and us, end of summer cooking tomato sauce, packing vegetables for the winter. When it rains help with household, renovating house in/outside, paint doors/walls... but also having fun on family birthdays ;-). It depends, every day is a bit different. But the most help between may - october is needed on the field with our vegetables. We hope that you will fell like a family member. Helping &living together and also enjoy the time in the nature in a small village.

    Because there is a lot to do on the farm, the tasks are given in the morning and then we really on you. All family members are working the whole day, so sometimes it happens that you have to find your own tasks or to finish the given tasks, Volunteers should be people who respect farm life, nature, organic style of life.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    slovenian/german/english/italian/croatian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A room with 4 beds. Sheets & blankets & pillows are provided. (!!No sleeping-bags allowed!!)

    Bathroom is used with the family members.

    If you want and the weather is fine, you can also sleep on a hay/barn...many options. ;)

    There is a place for a van a couple of meters away from the house.

    Please always clean bathroom/kitchen/your room after using it, so everybody can have a fresh and clean place. Important: When taking a shower please take a short shower and dont let the water run, if you dont use it at the moment.

    We respect water (our village has its own water source/spring) and nature very much and this has to be cherished and consumed wisely. Thank you.

    Breakfast & Lunch & dinner: there are all ingridiens which you need to cook an awsome lunch for you (all volunteers) and for 2 -3 family members. Always a nice experience.

    Weekend are off to travel around Slovenia.
    But if you decide to stay on farm on weekend please help us couple of hours for exchange for food.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    When you have time off there is a lot to do. Ride a bike in Brkini, hike in hills (Vremščica, Nanos, Slavnik), discover the villages and places around (Artviže, Tatre, Škoflje,), visit the Škocjanske or Postojna caves and take the train to the coast Koper, Izola, Piran, Soline or to see the capital city Ljubljana. There are the most beautiful lakes Bled and Bohinj. River Soča, places Tolmin, Bovec and its area. Slovenia is one amazing country where you can find everything.
    Our village Gradišica has beautiful view, amazing sun set, forest and a lot of places to hike, ride a bike and enjoy time after you finish your day with helping us on the farm.

  • 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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You can learn how different is a life on the farm than a life in the city. How to try ;-) to organise life in a big family where is always a lot of work. Other expectations. Other level of energy, life and work. You ll have a chance to pick up some slovenian words, culture, habits, fresh air on 700 m above the sea level. Here you can learn the work in the stables, how to plant plants, weeding, harvesting, painting, working in the forest, collecting eggs and enjoy freedom. You are able to organise your own working day, sometimes you also have to find a work for you. So dont be shy and try a new experience, which is possible only in a small village 700m above sea level.

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    Hours expected

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

My Photo Album

Charlote weeding and Sarah taking pictures :)
In our big kitchen we also have a good time, backing pizza in a stone oven ;) mmmm On the picture also our dear volunteers but today great friedns: Sybille, Celine and Charlote!
One part of the family: Bogdan&Metka with the children Jonas and Patrik. Here we were celebrating Patriks 2nd birthday ;)
Sunset which you are not allowed to miss
Renovating a kitchen...stone walls and a lot of dust ;-) january 2016
Bogdan - in love with his organic farm :)
Our field in May at the beggining of season - planting done ;)
















































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