Help at Self-sustaining Permaculture Farm in the Alps, Austria



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    --- Corona-Notification:
    We have Seminars and RBNB on the Farm, usually people come and go all the time. 2020 was therefore a very stressfull, chaotic year and a very new situation for us. We could not host any workawayers, and over the year i forgot/stoped checking workways. Im very sorry for all the unanswerd messages and thank you guys for the kind words. We gained a lot of experience of how to manage the farm during a pandemic, and workaway will be checked regularly again. Sorry for the inconvenience. ---

    Come to live and work on the beautiful permaculture farm Oberhof!

    My family bought and renovated the old farm 'Oberhof' four years ago and we are in the process to develop a self-sustaining permaculture farm. The ideas and methods of permaculture design in agriculture will be the base for these projects and the lifecycles they support.
    If you want to help with the work with plants an animals, and learn about the elements of organic agroculture and permaculture, if you whant to enjoy the tranquility and calmness of working with nature in a very remote and rural part of the alps and if you want to meet interessting, open-minded People, you're at the right spot.

    I, Daniel Kofler (30, originally from Vienna) live here alone together with my dog, two cats and the lifestock. The Oberhof is not (yet) a Commune, but it has a very community-oriented conception, so there are many friends that help out with the work if needed, and can use the farm as their 'leisure residence' if they want to. Its more easy to keep the giving and taking in harmony as one would think, seems we are a cooperative cpecies after all... :-) All i want to say, sometimes you may find me here alone, sometimes there is a small group of people here. If you prefer the one or the other let me know.

    Like every permaculture farm, we want to be positioned as broad as possible, so over the years many plants and animals will be cultivated here. We allready have a terrace-system garden, bees, deer that we breed within a large fence, chicken, many different fruits and berries and ponds are in the making.
    The products we produce partly serve self-sufficiency, and partly are made to be sold. They range from Honey, to honeywine, Deermeat, Juices and Sirups, Eggs, Herbs and Vegetables to Mushrooms.

    There is a lot of work to do at the farm, but cultivating oneself and enjoying life is also an important part of the concept :-)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    At Oberhof you will learn everything related to working and living on a permaculture farm. You will tend to the needs of plant and animals, learn about eco-building and the natural cycles that will be implemented over time.
    Plus there are many open minded people here visiting, and enjoying nature and ourselfs is part of the concept here.

  • Help


    I am building a modern permaculture farm and need help with all kinds of work. From gardening, eco-building, woodmaking, working with the bees (if you're okay with that), landscaping, animal care, food processing to general maintenance.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You will sleep in a private room inside the main house with your own bed and cupboard for clothing. Walls are made out of wood but provide sufficient privacy. Common spaces like the living rooms, the kitchen, the bathrooms etc. will be shared.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The region marks the beginning of the Alps and is great for relaxing as well as more physical activities like biking, hiking, fishing or swimming among others. We are situated on a high plateau between two valleys and close to the village 'Lunz am See' where the largest natural fresh water lake in Lower Austria can be enjoyed. At the end part of the farm a small river runs by where its natural pools and waterfalls invite for a refreshing dip-in on a hot sunny day. From our terrace you can enjoy the view on the Dürnstein and the surrounding woods. The Mountains surrounding us are a huge wildlife sanctuary, and are stunningly beautiful.
    As i also work as an Outdoor- and Survivaltrainer, i'd love to show you some of the places here.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    very individual and depending to season and day. about 4-8 hours, but your leasure time is important as well (max 25 hours)

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