In 2012 we (familie of 4) bought a barren field of 2.25 hectares in Germany. The first thing we did was to build a Strawbalehouse. After that we started with the landscaping (planting over 2000 trees) and we build two guesthouses.
Help with Eco project
If you want, I can tell you all about what we've done here on our project including landscaping, the built of the strawbalehouse and the loghouses, the trees and plants, etc. I also can share my knowledge about permaculture design or permaculture in general, which are the basics of what we do here.
From april 2020 we can accommodate helpers for shorter periods during weekdays. We want to make a new shed do gardening (work on fruittrees, making Hügelbeete, etc), working on fences, painting, and more. Experience is not necessary but desirable especially carpentry experience would be great.
We ask a volunteering commitment of a minimum of 5 hours per day for at least 3 days.
Recent completed projects on which we got help:
In 2017 and 2018 we worked on the optimization of the entire site, together with regular maintenance.
From March to July 2016 we build a second guesthouse.
From August 2014 to May 2015: We build an extention to our strawbale house. First we build a timber frame and we filled that in with strawbales. Later all walls were plastered with clay.
From Oktober 2013 to May 2015 we planted the first trees of our foodforrest and about another 3000 "normal" trees as windbreak and for future woodproduction (we heat the houses on solar, and wood).
As accommodation we offer a luxurious guesthouse which can accommodate up to 8 people (4 sleeping rooms. It's a loghouse with a kitchen, two bathrooms, large television and dvd player, wifi, sauna, terraces around the house, carport for 2 cars, shed for bikes and ski's... and an amazing view over the fields into the hills. Strictly no smoking inside the house and no animals/pets. The house is primarily heated with solar, but if there's no sun then you have to use the wood stove. We don't use fossil fuels for heating.
Food and drinks are of course included. Separate or joint food preparation and eating in consultation. If you have special food needs (vegetarian, vegan, allergy), please let us know.
Our house and land are at the foothills of the Rothaargebirge in Nordrhein Westfalen in the western part of Germany at about 370m above sea level and is surrounded by farmland, mountains and forests. The highest peaks here are over 800m above sea level. The Sauerland offers amazing opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers, skiers (alpine, cross country. Winterberg is close by) and also for nature lovers and on Saturday for partypeople in Willingen (20km). In normal winters there's snow in the mountains from half december until the end of March. In the summer the local climate is dryer and sunnier then average because of the special location of our house behind the mountains.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
We ask for motivated helpers who are willing to help us a substantial but reasonable part of the day max 25 hours, 5 days a week