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We, Katharina (28) and Gerald (31), built a farm for our milksheep in 2016 - 2017. We started with 74 sheep, and now have 122 sheep.
We both studied agricultural and livestock science at the university in Vienna, and afterwards we had the opportunity to take over my parents farm. We work in an organic way, which was very important to us, because we believe that there is a way to farm in a sustainable way.
We have both been traveling and done workaway stays before we started our lives as farmers. Today we are not able to travel so much because of our busy days with the sheep, so instead we want to invite other cultures and future friends to visit us. We offer a cultural experience, with an insight in our daily lives , for people whom are interested in the life on a busy sheep farm. We would love for you to become a part of our family, experience the way we live.
So as mentioned we have sheep and out of their milk we produce different kinds of cheeses.
We produce hard cheese, soft cheese, fresh cheese, feta and ricotta. We are always curious to try new things.
We make cheese about 2-3 times a week.
You don't have to have any experience at cheese making or milking sheep or stuff like that. But if you do have some experience - perfect and we can exchange knowledge!
Our daily work can for example include:
- milking the sheep 2x
- feeding the sheep 2-3x
- feeding the lambs 2-3x
- cheese making
- cleaning up, repair things, ...
- tractor work
There are different kinds of work depending on the time of year, like in spring we get the lambs (births, feeding, etc.) and in summer we have to make hay,...
We also go to markets or to different stores to sell our cheeses, you are always welcome to accompany us and see this part of our work as well.
There will be days that are more stressful than others and of course you can take some days off to explore what’s outside our farm. And also Vienna is only 1 hour with the train away, if you are interested in sightseeing. The schedule on the farm varies from week to week, so the more flexible you can be regarding weekend or weekdays off the better, but we will always be able to find a solution together.
We have a dog - Fridolin - he is usually a nice boy, but he is still young and full of energy. He always needs a few days to get accostomed to new people. So you shouldn't be afraid of dogs or allergic because he has long hair...
if you adore dogs - perfect!!
And we live with my grandmother, and she doesn't speak english...but we can translate and you might learn some austrian words. Although you might not be able to talk to her, we think that the livelyhood of a full house and the cultural exchange keep her young. It is also a good opportunity for my dad to keep up his english and learn more vocabulary.
We always have the meals together and if you like cooking we can always need some support and new ideas in the kitchen. We usually cook with meat (not everyday, but we are not vegetarians). I guess we would prefer someone who is not too picky, so if you are a vegetarian it would be nice if you are not too complicated. If you have a day off, of course you can eat with us but you can also decide to do something else.
We have two spare rooms, one of them is bigger and nice for two people (a couple). We have an extra bathroom and toilet for you. And of course you can wash your clothes in our washing machine. We have bikes if you like to explore the surroundings and the danube is 15 min. away by bike, if you like to go for a swim.
We would take max. 2 people at a time. At least for two weeks, but preferably at least 3 :)
So lately we thought of some cool art projects we want to do or we would encourage people to do here. because in the barn we have one wall which is still only bricks and we thought it would be awesome if somebody with artsy talent would have ideas and fun to change that...we have nothing specific in mind yet, just something we were thinking about.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We live outside a small village, but still close to the danube and the village center (to reach by bike). If you need to go shopping, the bigger town is 15 min. by car. We have to go there some days per week to do shopping or to deliver cheese, so you can go with us. Or we can drive you to the train station and you can go e.g. to Linz, Vienna, Salzburg,... .
If you are interested to learn some german, no problem, we can speak german if you want. Or you could learn our super fancy austrian dialect.
- milking the sheep
- feeding the sheep and lambs
- repairing fences and other stuff
- keeping the barn and milking room clean
- cheese making
- starting a family garden
- art project in the barn
you don't need to be a professional farmer, we are here to teach you all the things you want to know!
So as already mentioned we have spare rooms, all with one bed. One room is bigger, with a bigger bed (1.40 m) and also a couch and a tv. And we have two single bed rooms. We have an extra bathroom and toilet for you and also a seperate balcony if you like to spend a warm evening without us. So we can spend time together, but you are not forced to, you have your own space. And I guess after working all day together it may also be nice to have some time to oneself.
We eat together at breakfast, lunch and dinner. For lunch I usually cook (or my grandmother on the weekends) but I am happy if someone helps me or gives me new inspirations, but if you don't want to it's not obligatory.
If you want any snacks in between, we usually always have something at home, like chocolate, cookies, fruits, etc. The best thing would be if you just tell me your favorite things and I write them on our shopping list and we try to find them.
We both like to travel a lot, but now we don't have that much time to travel and so it's also for us nice to meet new people from all over the world, and keep our english as good as possible.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
About 5 hours a day, 5 days a week