We are a family of 7 (we are aged 44/45, kids are born 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2016). We live on a small permaculture farm, just about to start a Sustainability Center for learning about permaculture, ecological farming and foresting. The older kids are usually living abroad and come home around every second Weekend and during school holidays.
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Our "normal" projects:
General depending on the skills of the helper:
Finishing the renovation of an old farmhouse and convertion into a sustainable courses centre (one last room has to be done).
Due to climate change we are trying to replant our 4 acres of forest with more draught resistent plants. That means sume cutting of trees and bring the trees out of the forest (+ cutting firewood)...
We have a running smallholding farm working with organic methods and permaculture using terra preta. We grow some seldom/special fruits and plants to be used for food processing, so its quite sure you will learn something new...
During the whole year there will be always some work on the farm like gardening, fruit processing etc. We have sheep, geese, chicken, a husky dog named Barley and a cat (sometimes more…). And seasonly ducks and we might start with goats again (we had some until 2015).
We're living in a very small village called Cortnitz (42 inhabitants) near Dresden (90 km away), about 200 km south of Berlin. We have a small garden (always some work there in 3 seasons...) and about 50 fruit trees. We do love cycling and being outdoor.
We are militant non-smoker! :-)
No smoking in the house, around the house or in sight of the house. No alcohol/drugs.
Families/Helper with kids: Depending on the age of the Kids please contuct us ahead with Information if the kids can be by their own or help you or need your special care. We sometimes have jobs to do (like in the forest) where kids love to play while the parents work there. But this kind of jobs will usually be outside!
We live rural. There are not much possibilities to have a big party around, so this place is more suitable for people who like it a bit more quiet and green and having an evening at a bonfire behind the house. If you want to go around one or two bicycles will be there for use or to reach the train station (from where you can go to different towns around). Nice places to visit nearby: 1000 years old towns Bautzen and Görlitz, Saxonys capital Dresden, hiking and climbing in the Saxonian Switzerland, Wroclaw (Poland) and a two day trip maybe Prague or Berlin.
We usually have only one or two workawayer at the same time as for us it is important to have a cultural exchange as well. Up to now we hosted workawayers/helpex'ers: an estonian family, Kaya from USA and Lucie from England (already 2 times) and Alexandra/Morgan from Australia, Alex from France (already 3 times!), Matthew from Australia, Amy from England, Gilbert from Spain (2 times), Francesca from Italy, Szymon from Poland, Juraj from Slovakia, Brendan from England, Ramona/Joshua from America (several times), Thomas from England, Andrea also from England, Berry from Ireland, Jörg from northern Germany, Flora from Hungary, Cora from England, Brianna from Canada, Daniel from England, Steph from Australia, Jeanette from Danmark, Claire from Australia, Philip from Sweden, Jared from USA (2 times), Sofia from Sweden, Fabio from Brazil... Be our next workawayer!
We have NO WLAN / INTERNET for helpers, only in emergency or for once or twice a week you can check mails during daytime in the office (no Wlan, no skype, very slow internet 0,5-1 MBit/s). If you want to use the internet more often please bring your own mobile internet, T-Mobile and Vodafone have best coverage here.
We are not vegetarians but we don't eat too much meat (mainly our own produced meat from goats/sheep/ducks/geese - so that is limited). We don't mind if the workawayer is vegetarian as long as he/she can handle that we are not and don't expect to cook special things for her/him. We don't buy special vegan food or lots of fruits and veggies, so if you are vegan it's probably NOT your place to be here. The dog lives in the house (entrance room only), but the cat is outside only - just in case you are allergic.
Please be aware that we expect help in the household as well beside the work as this are common duties for everyone in the house (like dish washing, preparing breakfast...) without asking you every single time to do so.
We both have been volunteering abroad (Marie 8 month in Russia, Stefan 11 month in Papua New Guinea). And we lived a winter on a scottish island 2013-2014. So the kids speak some english as well. We try to live with as low impact to the nature as possible. We produce our own solar energy (5 KWp), have a solar stove (for cooking during sunshine), solar heated water and do lots of other crazy things. We might not be typical germans - you may have to find out.
Next train station where we could pick you up is Pommritz, next Airports are Dresden, Berlin and Leipzig (trains from there) but even trains from Frankfurt are still affortable if booked in advance. Or check mitfahrgelegenheit.de or blablacar.de for car sharing (check for destination Bautzen) or flixbus.de (connection from Berlin to Bautzen, or from elsewhere to Dresden and train from there.).
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
See our feedbacks. We prefer doing things by hand and not by machines.
Always a lot to do on a very small farm. But great place to be in the nature as well.
Please apply only if you already have experiences with manual work. Please no spoiled kids from the city that don't know how to use the hands. Be aware that you will get dirty while working! Check our feedbacks. No one complained yet and no one left earlier then planned :-)
FOR MORE DETAILS SEE THE DESCRIPTION AND THE EXTRA INFORMATION
own room with 2-4 beds (so max 2 adults+2 Kids) in the house, larger famiies just ask..., no WLAN! We have two studios in the garden without running water and energy, but lovely to live in with a basic standart. In the sustainable courses centre there will be some rooms for helpers as soon as the roomes are renovated
If you want there is the chance of camping under the apple trees as well... (maybe not in winter...)
We live in a beautiful village, very rural and with open land and forests around - so perfect for those who want to be away from it all. We are not vegetarians but if you are its usually no problem. We try to live as respectful as possible with the nature. We have an electric car for daily use and a dirty diesel bus but try to avoid using it. We love cycling and do most ways on a bicycle. The next nice lake is just 7 km away, the next larger forest 1 km.
We live in a 260 years old farmhouse (room heights usually around 1,90 m) - so it is special kind of comfort living without high tech and TV but with lots of flair. We have some cherry, apple and plum trees and a small garden.
We are all of us people who love to be outside. Germany is not as wet and cold as you might think.
As we experienced that lots of helpers haven't read the whole profile we ask you to read it carefully, in a short:
- rural location
- no alcohol, drugs, smoking
- only YOUR mobile internet or after agreement very limited cable internet with YOUR computer
- 25 hrs work per week + the normal houshold duties
- experiences with manual work (your hands will get dirty!)
- usually minimum stay 3 weeks or longer, please no requests for shorter then 2 weeks
If you understood all of these please write in your FIRST mail the codeword "Cortnitz-Saxony", all e-mails without this codeword will be denied! If you read until here and use the codeword: Lucky you! 80% of the requesting helpers won't do this!
Have a great sunny day!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hrs daily - feel free to ask for more:-), but 2 days a week free (usually sunday and monday)