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We are the Permaculture Research Institute of Romania, an NGO developing projects in the field of regenerative agriculture & ethical entrepreneurship, ecology, supporting the practice of permaculture in Romania with a multidisciplinary approach.
We invite you to volunteer at Sol și Suflet, the first regenerative farm in Romania - the Permanent center for Production, Innovation and Education in Regenerative Agriculture. We aim to research and develop a profitable and scalable regenerative farming model which will empower old and new farmers with the knowledge necessary to efficiently grow food, manage their own regenerative farm or enterprise while providing quality, fresh produce to local communities, growing soil, educating prospective farmers and increasing their quality of life.
Through our project, we want to research, implement, promote and teach regenerative food production practices which improve soil fertility, protect biodiversity, mitigate climate change, create a profit and offer healthy food to local communities and a high quality of life for farmers. We aim to help develop a network of regenerative farms which act as demonstration, production and educational sites, support the environment, regenerate soil and biodiversity and supply quality fresh produce to people.
We use techniques such as biointensive regenerative-organic market gardening, minimal till on a 10 year crop rotation, mulching, cover crops & green manure, natural stimulation of soil microbiological activity. We only use naturally-based inputs approved in biological agriculture and lots and lots of compost.
Our farm was started at the beginning of 2021 and is located in Vlădeni, Dâmbovița, 1 hour away from Bucharest), near the forest and a river, in the Romanian countryside on 4 ha of land.
Currently, we are developing our production infrastructure, our camping & residential site, developing our production model, producing regenerative organic vegetables and herbs and preparing for winter.
We take volunteers 12 months a year.
Arten von Hilfe und LernmöglichkeitenKunstprojekteHilfe bei ÖkoprojektenGartenarbeitenHeimwerker- und BauarbeitenMithilfe auf einem BauernhofZubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die FamilieHausarbeitenHandwerkliche ArbeitenHilfe mit Computer /Internet
UNO-Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung, die dieser Gastgeber verfolgt
Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten
We love to share our knowledge about regenerative agriculture, permaculture, construction, tools, food & cooking, off-grid living and community living.
At the farm, you can learn regenerative agriculture techniques and practices that you can then apply in your own projects, and learn to use various kinds of tools which make our work more efficient.
We are actively trying to create a space where people can exchange knowledge and insights and get a better understanding of regenerative agriculture and to create a living & farming community through community-living technologies, respecting and integrating individual authenticity,
We host residential interns, volunteers, work-awayers, WWOOFers and we organize various activities like Permablitzes, hands-on courses, workshops, permaculture community festivals, open days, so there will be plenty of opportunities to meet new people with shared interests and expand your knowledge about regenerative food production.
We invite volunteers who are passionate about growing food in a way which is beneficial to both nature and humans and are interested in developing their own regenerative agriculture project.
We need help with the usual farm activities: preparing beds, seeding, weeding, planting, taking care of the seedlings and plants, watering, harvesting and other tasks, like construction work, general maintenance & upkeep, repairs etc. Previous experience in farm work is appreciated, but not mandatory, as you will be generally accompanied by experienced people.
We love creative people and we'd also like volunteers with skills in photography, videography, graphic design, web design, marketing & sales etc. to give us another perspective on our farming adventure.
--- IMPORTANT WINTER 2022/2023 UPDATE
We can only host volunteers who are well-adapted to mild winters (1-10 degrees Celsius). For more info please contact us.
We've had volunteers in the past who came in their own camper van and that turned out great :)
For the shoulder seasons (autumn-winter & winter-spring - October-March) we have a well-insulated dome (8 meter diameter, so it's rather big) with electrical heating, available for volunteers.
During this winter we are building rooms for volunteers for the beginning of 2023. We hope to complete them as soon as possible, maybe even with your help!
Until then... read below :)
During the summer we offer accommodation in the farm's camping area and 3 meals a day (we always eat lunch together, for the rest of the meals we provide ingredients and, occasionally, we will share other meals), in exchange for a 25-hours a week schedule. Our food is always freshly cooked & from the field and we rely mostly on farm-grown vegetables for our meals. We cook, serve and eat vegetarian & vegan food.
Volunteers will be hosted in the camping space at the farm (during summer).
The house accommodation provides all the necessary facilities to ensure the volunteers’ comfort: internet, heating, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, washing machine, bed sheets and towels, one room for each volunteer and a yard.
The farm contains indoor & outdoor kitchens, an outdoor compost toilet and a solar-heated outdoor shower, as well as Wi-fi, office and chill-out spaces.
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The farm is located in a peaceful rural area with rich biodiversity, surrounded in part by forests and with a small river passing by, about 30 minutes away by car from the nearest city of Ploiești. You can spend time enjoying the rural rhythm of life and exploring the nature around villages in the area, visit the nearby Wild Bison reservation or plan a trip to the mountains, which are less than 1 hour away. The capital city, Bucharest, is located one hour away.
The main rules of living at the farm are:
- No drugs & alcohol
- No physical or verbal violence
- Common spaces are shared by everyone but we are responsible for cleaning after ourselves.
- We can pick you up from the city of Ploiești.
If we missed anything, ask us!
Etwas mehr Information
Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang
Wir besitzen Tiere
Wir sind Raucher
Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen
We can host digital nomads during the summer, when the outdoor office and camping area are available, as long as they can respect the working hours at the farm. In summer, they can work on their own projects in mid-day hours, or in their spare time. Usually, the internet connection at the farm is good. Occasionally, the connection might interrupt or have a few speed glitches, but not for very long. (less than 5-10 minutes).
Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans
Our parking space and camping area are large enough to accommodate camper vans of any size (even a school bus!) You can plug in to electricity and fill up on water, there is a farm Wi-Fi, an extravagant outdoor kitchen, washing machine, swanky compost toilet and oh-so-beloved solar-heated outdoor shower.
Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal
mehr als zwei
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
They are all excellent cook,
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Korrekte Angaben im Profil:
They are all excellent cook,
I documented my stay and created a Video about my time there as well!
It was my first workaway experience and I got really lucky I would say! Thank you guys! Much love 👏🏼
Nevertheless preparations for planting were already happening and the boys (and girls) at the farm kept busy. Every day, a new task.
Every task, well thought out and carefully prepared. What I liked is that high efficiency was met by passion and knowledge.
She helped us a lot in the greenhouse at work that requires
From the beginning Alex and Ionut made us feel at home and took very good care of us. The daily dynamic was organized with plenty of different projects from woodworking, over greenhouse preparation to seedling planting. We appreciated the good
They have done an amazing job helping us out at the farm with construction work, soil preparation, cooking and general maintanence.
We are grateful for their massive contribution in the greenhouse, helping us start the planting season in time, a job that
Besides being such warm, sweet and cheerful young people - a pleasure to be in their company, Taea and Milo are
Ionut and Alex are the real deal- Very knowledgeable and dedicated to all aspects of starting and running a market garden using regenerative agricultural practices. I was very excited to see firsthand all of the hard work that goes into starting a farm like this, and they were very eager to explain