Non-profit, community farm in the charming village of Pedrovo, Slovenia

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi, would you like to experience a real farming life? Do you want to learn new skills and knowledge? Come and join us, help us and help us to develop our farm.

    The Homestead is a small-scale organic farm and goat and sheep cheese dairy located in a quaint old village of Pedrovo on the edge of the Karst plateau above the Vipava Valley in southwest Slovenia.

    We are Tom and Borut a male couple in their 30s (36 and 38 yo). We bought the 150 years old stone house with some land 10 years ago and started with renovation and restoration on the house and land. Borut is a biologist working as a Park Ranger in nearby Nature Park. Tom is an economist who used to run a youth hostel and worked in a tourism destination management for a decade and decided two years ago to quit the job and be a full time small scale organic farmer and cheese maker. We make sure that our herd of Karst sheep (Istrian Sheep) and Drežnica Goats always enjoy their grazing. Both native, heritage breeds are endangered, which is why we pay special attention to breeding and taking care of our herd. The milk of both breeds is extremely rich and enables us to make a variety of products, all reflecting this unique and pristine environment and animals. In addition to goats and sheep, our farm is also home to many chickens. The fruit from our orchards and the vegetables and herbs from our gardens are made into jams, sauces and syrups. Come and help us with our animals, pastures, orchards, gardens... enjoy the peaceful life in our picturesque village, enjoy the beauty and fragrance of our meadows, admire the beautiful views, pet our goats and sheep. Welcome!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    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

    Slovenia is small country with rich history and since we are a border region you can really feel mixture of cultural influences that result in very rich culinary and habits. You will be able to learn how is life on a farm far from big cities. Living in a village where u will be one of 16 inhabitants is pretty unique. While we like to cook and bake you will be able to learn some local recipes. You will have a chance to pick up some Slovene words. Knowledge about heritage breeds and old varieties of vegetables and fruits is also part of cultural exchange.

  • Help

    Help

    You will be able to learn about small scale organic farming and cheese making by helping us with everyday the farm.
    In the milking season (April - November) the first thing in the morning after breakfast is milking our goats and sheep on pasture with mobile milking parlour. When we are milking twice a day, the milking has to be done also in the evening.
    Every few days a new pasture has to be prepared. The karst dry pastures are full of herbs so helping there include aromatherapy together with stunning views.

    During the winter when is no milking there is some help with feeding the animals and taking care of lambs and baby goats. That is also time when we are cleaning bushes on pastures and preparing some firewood.
    You will be able to help also with some gardening, cooking, some diy projects, so whatever have to be done in everyday farm life ;-)

    We are gay couple and welcome any gender workawayers to get in touch as well as couples. We are already thankful for your help on our farm and your strong will to learn new things and practices. The help is diverse and interesting.

    Right at the moment there is some help with animals, preparing new pastures, cleaning bushes on pastures, preparing fire wood. Till the spring we have to make a new big herbal garden - 200m2 including some dry stone walls to be reconstructed... Planting some new fruit trees in the orchard, pruning the orchard,... when there will be lambing season (February, March) there will be more with animals. So on small farms like our there is always a lot of things to do :-)

    Helping on farm is not like working in an office. Helping on farm is a lifestyle. There is a lot of helps that have to be done on time and depends on weather. So some days we will help some hours more and the other days some hours less.

    Two days a week are off to travel around.
    But if you decide to stay and sleep and eat and live with us on farm also on off-days please help us couple of hours for exchange for food and your accomodation. Thank you for your energy, love, support and new knowledge.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Croatian: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Slovenian: Fluent
    German: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We are living in 150 years old stone made house which we've been renovating last 10 years. You will be living with us sharing kitchen, living room and bathroom. You will have your own bedroom. We can host three Workawayers, but two would need to sleep in the same bed, so better for a couple or 2 close friends. There are two bedrooms with one double bed in each room.
    All the meals will be prepared and eaten together. You will be able to help with cooking too.
    The village is without water pipeline or springs. Every house has it's own water well catching rain water. The water is filtered so its drinkable :-) We respect water and the nature. That's why we take short showers and use water only when needed. Please close the tap/pipe/shower when not needed that we all have enough water also to drink, for animals, for cooking, for cheese making, to water plants,... please respect water and nature. Thank you.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You will have also time to explore the area. Both Vipava valley and Karst are wine regions with picturesque villages, castles, nice walking trails, rich local culinary... Nearby are also some bigger historic cities like Trieste and Gorizia. The coast is 20km away.
    The railway station is 4km away in village Branik where also bus stop is.

  • 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.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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