Renovating an old farm and learning self sufficient living in northern Germany

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a family living in a small farming community in a village 8km from the next small town. We bought the old farm house as a couple with three boys - (now aged 27, 25, 18) twelve years ago.
    We are living almost self sustained (regarding meat, veggies, electricity and some other stuff) by having a greenhouse, big garden, poultry, sheep, pigs and rabbits. We make wine, brew our own beer and are interested in a lot of other old handcrafts. We have a carpenters and a metal workshop in one of our barns. A lot of space is available for living and working.
    We are working part time and self employed in the internet business.
    During most of the year we need help in the house, with the animals and in the garden. From November to mid of March we normally do not host - please look at our calendar.
    We also like to share our knowledge about the things we do here (e.g. organic farming, self sustainability).

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    While staying with us you can learn a lot about living self sustainable. you can learn how to work with animals
    We are living here in a small village with a lovely neighborhood. Most of the neighbors are speaking English too and they are alway keen on meeting workawayers.

  • Help

    Help

    Season depending we need help in the garden, harvesting, processing fruits & veggies, feeding the animals, maintaining the farm and renovating. Daily volunteering time is from 8am to 1pm (mondays to fridays) plus we expect you to help with the usual housekeeping stuff (cleaning the dishes, help preparing the meals, laundry).
    In addition we have started to process wool we are collecting from other farms in the area. So currently we start producing different things from the wool - even clothes!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    German, English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Apartment or spare room

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You are integrated in every day life - it is like a big family. You can use bikes and wireless internet access (or the computer) .
    We request a minimum stay of three to four weeks. However if you want to experience a self sustained live style including seeding and harvesting, feeding and slaughtering you should consider staying longer.
    The food we have is mainly from our own garden and from our own animals. If we have to buy things we try to buy regional and organic. Please be aware that we are not able to provide a full vegetarian or vegan diet here!
    If you are primarily looking for a place to learn german you should consider that we do like to speak english with you (also because of our son Ben (17) who benefits from that a lot) and that in the small towns near by are no courses offered to learn german!
    The nearest airport is Hamburg (HAM) which is aprox. two hours away by train.
    The best route to get to us is by train via "Lueneburg" the train takes an hour from Lueneburg to
    "Dannenberg Ost". This is 10km away from us and we can pick you up by car.
    If you come from Berlin there is a train going to Salzwedel. From there you take a bus to Lüchow. This is 8km away from us and we can pick you up by car.

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days a week

during the festival "Kulturelle Landpartie" in May/June every year
Jonas, Ute, Marcel
piglets
Lucy, our energetic dog
piglets
making 'Sauerkraut'
storing beet root for the winter
enjoying a home brewed beer after a working day
our sheep: "Gotländisches Pelzschaf"













































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