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**At the moment we are harvesting fruits and drying/dehydrating them, weeding the fruit-trees so they thrive, gardening with grandma, building dry-walls/insulation for our new kitchen upstairs- a little of everything :-) We are happy to welcome couples and male travellers (jealous girlfriend), that have minimal German language skills (limited skills of grandparents)**
We life on a small farm and try to be self-sufficient where it makes sense (easy and rewarding) and animal keeping close to the community of Pyhra/14km from the city of St.Pölten (train station)/ an 60km from our capital, Vienna. We, that are, Grandpa and Grandma, Alois and Eva. Alois is the official farmer, yet an engineering consultant, Grandpa and Grandma were already farmers, when our parents arrived in this world. They just speak German and so we need mainly workawayers that have a basic knowledge in German. Eva is the newbie, Alois partner and comming over for the weekend. Although it´s hard to understand their dialect! :-) Not so suitable for learners.
We love to share our place and we like the interaction, but at the same time we need some "social rest" and therefore we start stays at around 10 days and limit them to around 4 weeks in general. I need to do quite some office work, and Opa & Oma are quite old, so you should also enjoy work- and free- time by yourself.
We got a lot of work clothes, t-shirts, jeans, pollovers, rubber boots, .. for you. Just make sure you bring a pair of working/hiking boots.
The Pitzelsbergerhof (farm) was once a dairy and arable farm, and has changed to a living project. We keep 2 ewes, 20-30 breeding turkeys and 8 beehives over the winter (Nov-March). In April we get around 5 lambs and between 80 to 120 turkeys per year. We practice conscious meat consumption of our own animals living as close to nature as possible. We work with a minimum of external organic feed, so they need a lot of space/pastures and we plant many trees and shrubs to help feed them well.
The garden has reached a manageable size and provides well, the orchard is cut into a fruitful shape. The old stables are reactivated one after the other, some gradually change into common rooms, wood and material storage, and other purposes more.
The woodwork is also an important part of the work especially in winter, as we use our own wood chips for heating and timber for carpentry in our projects. For example the pasture fences, a passive solar earth greenhouse, stairs, animal housing,.. We changed a lot to use less energy- we have solar collectors for hot water, all lights are LED, insulation, clever management, photovoltaic for the electrical fence,...
Spring, summer and early autumn are the busier times, but there is always time to look at the landscape of the Most4tel (region), because we are aware of the amazing spot we live in. There are beautiful bicycle tours and hikes around, lakes and mountains just a bit further away.
We have to harvesting berries, feed the animals, check the fences, collect the honey, cook and clean the house, build new sheds and perches for the turkeys, cut firewood and split it for drying- maul wood, water the vegetables, clean the pastures, incubate and help hatch baby turkeys,...
I, Alois, work as a one-man-show as a consulting engineer, I do fruit tree maintenance, and of course as a hobby farmer. I still work on my PhD and I loved to travel before I settled in Atzling- I visited around 50 countries, often as trainee, worker and of course as tourist.
In order to understand you and your interest in our place- I would like to get to know you. Be open about your expectations! Just take some time to explain why you are interested in staying with us. Believe me, there is no wrong reason and there is a match for every intention. Let us check how we both can get the most out of our shared time.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We live in a unique setting facing the start of the alps from a south-oriented hill - in our back is the capital of lower Austria (St.Pölten, 14min, train station) and Vienna is just an hour away. You can learn about beekeeping, animal care (sheep, turkeys, bees), gardening, fruit tree maintenance, tree production, Kontiki-active coal, Terra Preta, cooking, how to keep supplies, build barns, tree care, hay making, sell products, prepare wood for heating, compost, ...
Animal care, planting trees and plants, harvesting berries, garden work, wood splitting, fence repairs and maintenance, weeding around trees, mucking out, cooking, tinkering / improvising, ... - always together / with feedback
We got a separate room for people willing to help on the farm, the meals will be together and you can spend your leisure time cycling, hiking, walking, watching animals and sunsets.. We got plenty of work clothes, so you can safe your clothes for your leisure time.
Food is typically fresh cooked by grandma, meat if you like, but always vegetarian as well.
We live on a sunny southern slope with a view of the foothills of the Alps and yet only 15 minutes from the railway station St. Pölten. There are many hiking routes in around the village (12 houses), as well as cycling tours. We got river Traisen close and 2 beautiful lakes- you can get there by bike (we got some 4 you) or sometimes we go together by car. I can get and bring you from/to town (St.Pölten) and you can take the train to Vienna (25min by train, nearest capital and airport).
We prefer stays around 1- 2 weeks, because work is always changing and the house rules aren´t too difficult to learn. We´ll always start work together and sometimes carry on in different combinations.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have WIFI in the house, but the upload speed is limited- good enough for webmeetings but for my large file uploads I usually make a hotspot with my 4G mobile- that works fine.
We got plenty space to park indoor and outdoor.
~depending on work and weather- around 25 hours/week
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