Hi we are Franz and Aimee and we are working at an old water mill with foundations from the 13th century (actual building maybe 16th century) to restore the main house and the outbuildings around it in order to start an ecological community mixed with a hackerspace.
There are 4 people that live here permanently (one is elderly) and 2 people that are here long term. Some of us have remote work so time is limited sometimes to work around the property. In general we need help with keeping the buildings and the surroundings in good shape and also work on the projects we have ongoing.
This place should be a safe and open place: no sexism, no racism, no stereotyping, no (religious) preaching.
If you are looking for a quiet place in the country then this could be the perfect place for you.
*️️*️️We need extra volunteers for the summer as we are planning building work renovations so if you like that kind of work you are welcome!*️️*️️
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
A great opportunity to learn about life in the country, how to maintain and restore old buildings, spend time in the lush green countryside. We speak mostly English as it is easier with a mix of people from all over the world. Learn about wild food foraging, food conservation, bread baking, event organising etc.
At the moment we are focusing on restoration and self sustainability this includes tasks that require good physical fitness, we are looking for people who are not afraid of getting their hands dirty and getting involved in tasks such as cleaning, cutting trees, digging, building work, carpentry, restoration of furniture, harvesting, mowing, brick, making firewood, taking care of the house chores etc.
We have 3 dogs, 5 chickens, 7 ducks and 3 cats. We are a working farm and we raise animals for eggs, produce and meat.
If you are afraid of big dogs please consider this before you decide to contact us.
If you are into DIY and want to create stuff, we have task for you too.
But also if you like computer work we have already a lot to do: write documentation, here and there create social media content, programming for open source software we use, administration. Usually in this case the tasks are a mixture as we have to prioritise tasks according to the situation.
In the warmer months we do quite a bit of construction work, there are many projects lined up to improve the place, in the winter we focus on maintenance inside the house, splitting wood etc.
Occasionally as a community we also do work on nearby properties in order to support ourselves and the community, this may include manual labour and other physically demanding jobs. These days are rare but we like to be upfront about it.
Shared rooms or single rooms with shared bathroom (only one bathroom), we also have a big attic that we use when we have a lot of people over or you can borrow a tent from us.
Hot solar showers outside in the summer - hot shower and bathtub inside in the winter.
One shared kitchen.
Dishwasher and washing machine.
2 MB Internet Flat - no heavy downloads / streaming
Very important: We are 3 km away from the next village, 7 km away from the next train station, 15km away from the next shop. Have that in mind when you plan to come here. But we will probably go shopping once a week.
Countryside living is great if you like cycling, hiking, bird watching, if you fancy going to Berlin for the weekend it's about 2 hours to get to Berlin on the train.
You should announce your arrival time at least 1 day before, when you arrive with train. I don't check my phone and messages every hour. If you arrive at the station unannounced and you can't reach me then you have to wait till you reach me or hitchhike to us otherwise I will be happy to get you from the train station. :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week. If you are independent, you can get an independent work schedule. You can work more to get more time off also.