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The autumn is nearly over... But we are still outside. Current activities are:
1) Winter proofing. Making sure that nothing that will get damaged is still outside, that the hay is protected, no tools left outside etc.
2) A good time to manure the greenhouse and the trees.
3) Fence making - there is a last meadow which needs to be fenced in:)
4) Keeping an ezye on the food stores. Drying apples and jerusalem artichoces before thez spoil, bottling wine etc. Nice inside jobs
5) Chopping and cutting wood with chain saw if still possible (anybody seeking for a bit of physical exercise?)
6) Natural building & Restoration project - Some outdoor work if still possible and plentz of indoor carpentry and repairs. Mainly small stuff but great for anybody wanting to get some experience in the field.
7) Daily animal care. Feeding and sometimes cleaning the sty
OR playing with kids:)
Always looking for cheerful people who want to make practical use of their hands and learn about all things self-sufficient. We hope to hear from you.
.... a bit of an adventurous family who choose to live on the old farm, which is 1.5 km farm from the village. We are renovating and old wooden house (more than 100 years old) and developing our permacultural gardening project. We are also keeping animals who are making us busy the whole year around. Our animals are source of funny stories and they love to make fun from us as well. (Especially goats)
TO SUM IT UP
Basic unit of our family is: David + Anna +Kubik (6) + Berenika (1) than Goats (at least five but you never know) + Ouessant sheep (they are French, actually from Brittany usually around 5 but you really never know) + 9 Chicken and the King Cock + Mr. Cat + Bajun (a big white dog who is a good spirit of our place but sometimes he thinks he is a wolf )+ Jackie the King Charles aka the Dribbler (he is a small dog but thinks he is an aristocrat).
AND than we also take volunteers to help us and experience how we live:) In winter might come a couple of brave people, in summer up to 8 people at once.
THE PLACE AND CONDITIONS
Volunteers have their own room with wood stove at the attic. We share the kitchen and bathroom. WC (dry toilet) or a panoramic toilet for volunteers is outside. This beautiful invention will help you to experience the changes of the seasons and the most beautiful sundowns you can imagine. In warm season you can also enjoy the outside shower:)
From May - September
We are running a bit of a camping place outside. You can make fires at the fire place, sleep in the tent, enjoy the outside shower and get in touch with the Nature. We think it is an beautiful chance to relax from the over urbanised world:)
Our place is of the grid. Which means we have got our own water source and 12 Volt electricity system running on the solar panels and 12 V batteries. We also have the petrol generator for running power tools and the washing machine.
We can charge you cell phone, small electronics. But if you will bring up your computer, camera, i pod, i phone, power bank, sound system and your rice cooker because you can not imagine to travel without this necessities please do not expect us to charge your darlings on the regular bases. Our electricity source is limited by capacity (100 AH battery )
And also the sun always doesnt shine as much as we wish.
You can get to our farm from the village in 20 minutes. There is both bus stop and train stop. You can also park your car or a van under the hill there is a save and nice meadow parking place. Even with river near by!
Be ready for 1,5 km walk uphill. If you are by car than only 1km. Road is steep an muddy if it is rainy. With a suitcase it will be definitely a chalange to reach our farm. But there is a nice natural well in the forest so you could refresh on the way:)
TASKS TO DO
In general we have got two main tasks which makes us busy the whole year around - first is work around animals and garden maintenance and second are renovation work around house.
NATURAL BUILDING PROJECT
You can experience here to work with cly/cob, lime, bricks, stones, cement, wool, wood and bottles. Basic carpentry projects.
Our garden is a live organism, our animals helps us to fertilise the soil an to clean up the grass around.
WILD HARVEST AND USING OF HERBS
We are using herbs and natural gifts both for cooking and healing. If you are interested we are happy to share our knowledge.
KITCHEN & COOKING
Base of our kitchen is vegetarian and we eat our home made products including eggs, goat milk products and meat (usually goat or mutton). We will ask to participate in food preparation and cooking.
FOOD MAKING & PROCEEDING
We are interested in the old wise ways to make our food more nutritious and digestible. We love to experiment with lacto-fermentation products, making sour dough, home vines, herbal syrups, marmelades, chutneys, dried wild herbal products, home made oils and tinctures. And also we make goat cheese and yougurts:)
We take volunteers most of the year. Both short and long term but prefer longer term as it gives us the chance to provide better training. We are more than happy to take professionals or semi-professionals who want to specialise on specific subjects and can also offer training programmes for students. References provided.
Cheers and looking forward to see you!
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
This is an open house. We welcome everybody who is willing to pull their weight and contribute towards making this a friendly, innovative place full of ideas and joy. We are happy for you to only stay a short time, enjoy the place and get stuck into some simple help or stay for longer, get some in depth knowledge and focalize your own projects.
We have a strong focus on self-sufficiency and DIY techniques as means of self-empowerment and would like you to become part of it.
It is warming up again and we are getting ready for another busy season. All sort of help is needed so if you want to get involved please contact us
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We have an insulated attic with an oven inside. It is still rather basic but are happy for ideas to improve it. Kitchen and bathroom are shared.
We are situated on a hill with no public road access. By foot its about 15 minutes to the next village called Lužna. A train station is in Horni Lidec about another 15 minutes by car. As both of us are working part time we can take you to town sometimes. The region has a rich folklore tradition and especially in summer and autumn there are a lot of village feasts. We have a pretty packed but flexible schedule and are happy for you to organize things as suits you best as long as things get done and everybody is fine with it.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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