At the moment I look for a nice couple or a quiet person to take care about our dog and two cats while we are away for a short trip (one week). You could stay about two weeks, prolongable, if interested, in September, if you help with the farm work or clay plaster I plan to do when we are back.
Starting date: 14-15th August
My name is Joanna and I run a tiny organic farm in Southern Poland. I grow mainly beans, squash, corn, cucumbers, garlic, potatoes, and fruits My aim is to increase the fertility of the soil and produce high quality food for humans and animals. I develop my farm in accordance with permaculture principles to achieve a harmonious coexistence with the environment.The farm is The farm is located in a very clean area among the hills, the house is surrounded by a forest with a stream and fields, it is very quiet. 4 sheep, two cats and a dog help me keep order.
I run the farm by myself and this is a challenge of adapting the scale of the project to one person resources. This is why I put all my efforts to rearrange the space according to the permaculture principles - care for the earth, reduce waste, obtain reasonable productivity with reasonable effort. Still, the ideal is yet to come, and in the meantime I would enjoy someone else contributing with work and ideas
If you have technical skills (electricity/pv/construction with wood) there are possible projects to accomplish (walpini, rainwater system, ponds, fences).
If you have some experience in farming/gardening, excellent.
In May we plant.
In June we harvest hey and weed.
In July we harvest some vegetables, fruits, hey, make some weeding, maintenance works around and if there is time left, we arrange new banks.
In August/September we harvest beans, more fruits, put them in jars etc.
In October we may make garden structures.
I prefer couples of whichever genres, but please note most of the work in the farm requires certain stamina, except perhaps from housekeeping work.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
My region is traditionally agricultural, and I do not use solutions typical of industrialized modern agriculture. The farm is small and many works are done by hand. In return for help, I offer learning the principles of permaculture, the operation of ecosystems and my agricultural knowledge. In case of interest, it is possible to jointly perform various projects, which I postpone for lack of time: solar greenhouse, Hugelkultur garden bed, solar fruit dryer, herbal spiral etc. Also rest in an ecologically uncontaminated place and walks in the forest, bike, unforgettable views.
In the summer season, help in field work, planting, care and harvesting is useful. Sometimes you need to improve the fence, or arrange the area. I look after the animals because it is my passion, but if you like to spend time with them, you can also take part in specific works. In times when I have the most field work, I also need support in the kitchen.
One room available, access to the kitchen and shared bathroom. The house is wooden, from 1931, with clay plaster made this year. I prefer sharing cooking duties, because when I have a lot of work in the field, I usually do not have time to cook so sharing kitchen duties will be very helpful. I cook and eat mainly vegan. Some of the vegetables and groats will surely be available from my garden.
Optionally you can use your tent/camper.
The house is located outside the center of the village, but you can move around by bike in the immediate area. In the neighborhood there is a horse stud. Tourist attractions, several wooden churches listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, interesting rock formations, a large forest with mushrooms and a lookout tower. Location rather for people looking for peace. We can practice yoga or taichi chen together.
Getting to Krakow by plane, from Krakow by train or by bus, last 10 km by my car.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week