Help with constructing our new greenhouse for the vegetable garden in Netherlands

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  • Last activity: 30/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Apart for our general hosting text below, we now have a specific cry for help for this (late) winter /early spring, namely:
    We are looking for a (couple of) Workawayer(s) who can put together a greenhouse I bought for the vegetable garden. I got 3 boxes with all the components, but assembling/constructing it is beyond me. When I bought it, I clearly misjudged what building it up here would imply.
    So if you have experience with constructing or similar DIY projects, and if this is something you think you can do, please contact us. (I could help a little maybe, and my son-in-law -who was our Workawayer two years ago- also says he can occasionally help.)
    What period would be up to you, only it would be nice if it could be finished before April - sowing season.
    We, mother and daughter, run a 15-acres smallholding in the southern part of the Netherlands..
    On our farm we have some 12 to 14 Icelandic horses (including a beautiful frisky little filly foal, born thisMay!); some of them are ours, some are here just for a limited period of time, to be trained.

    We also have some chickens (for the eggs), some sheep (our weed controllers), dogs and cats.

    Our farm borders on the woods; the environment is beautiful and quiet. A nice starting point for long walks and cycling trips, while yet we are less than a mile away from the nearest village.

    My daughter works as a part-time psychologist; the major part of her time, however, is spent taking care of the horses and training them.

    I, the mother, (a linguist by education,) tend to most of the other chores: fruit trees, vegetable garden, fences, sawing/splitting wood for the wood stove, etc.

    There is always a great variety of things to be done around here, and it will be obvious we are looking for Workawayers who like animals and who are used to - and like to do - outdoors work.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    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

    Staying here you will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy our beautiful Dutch nature and countryside, while at the same time the bigger cities with their cultural input are within easy reach.

    The farm itself borders on the woods, where you find walking trails, ponds, and if you are lucky you may spot deer, buzzards and other wildlife.

    There are several nice little villages within walking/cycling distance. And if you like some more ‘cultural’ or big-city input, you can there catch a bus to one of the larger towns close by, like Helmond and Eindhoven, where also there are railway stations and trains to other cities like ‘s-Hertogenbosch (20 minutes)- the beautiful old capital of this region- or to any other city in our country.

    You will have a good bicycle at your disposal, and you may come with either of us when we go somewhere by car. Of course you may also join us to the movies or to other places we visit (for work or otherwise).

  • Help


    We very much like to have some help now and then, for a week or a few weeks at a time.
    We have quite a few horses here, many of them, though, belong to other people and are brought in for specific training programs by Lara. And though, of course, you are welcome to watch, it will be only very occasionally that Workawayers will be able to help with this.
    On the other hand, there are always horses that can do with some extra TLC and that love to be groomed or walked.
    In general, however, the work will involve other sundry farm chores, such as helping with cleaving/stacking wood, maybe work in the vegetable garden, cutting hedges, anything you can think of that needs to be done on a (small) farm.
    (Also cooking and/or baking once in a while, is very much appreciated!)
    And if you think up something else: feel welcome to share your ideas with us!
    We have recently acquired some 12 extra acres of land, which allowed us to finally build our much-desired ‘horses’ paradise’ with adventurous paths for the horses to roam. It makes the horses’ life a lot more natural and interesting.
    Also we have planted some 1400 young trees and shrubs dividing the new land into 7 separate fields.
    Depending on the goodwill of the province and other authorities, we will this summer and autumn be busy with the next project involving (a.o.) putting up a long fence somewhere and planting over a thousand baby trees along the little stream bordering some of the fields. These will then have the subsequent winter months to take root.

    In short: a lot of exciting and creative things to do!
    For all this, we very much appreciate help from Workawayers who really like - and have some experience in - outdoors work.

    We start work every day at 9, with a coffee break at about 11. Lunch is at about 13.30 or 14.00 o'clock, which for our Workawayers means the end of their working day.
    Also, of course, you are welcome to have dinner with us early evenings.
    After dinner we usually like to spend the evening having some time to ourselves.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Staying here you will have your own room. The kitchen is used as a common area; also we have an additional “Workawayers’ den”.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I have been a Workawayer myself on several occasions, and with those experiences in mind we hope to be able to help you with whatever you , as a foreigner, would like to see and do here in Holland. There will always be things we ourselves do not think of; please feel welcome to ask questions and discuss whatever you would want to talk about.

    Please take note: you need to have your own insurance, working here!
    Also, we are explicitly looking for non-smoking Workawayers. And please read the Workaway 'rules' to see what's generally being expected of Workawayers.

    In these difficult Corona times we follow the rules as issued by the RIVM, so please find out what they are, and think about what they mean for a stay at our farm.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 278491399434

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