Ecological renovation project, organic gardening, vegan food, and a cool young community in Dürnau, South Germany



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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

  • Description


    We're a young community who tries to grow and to rebuild the whole farm complex here. We usually host 4-10 Workawayers all summer long, because it's just more fun to work and live in groups. After 3 years of living here, we just renovated the Main building completely (see pictures) and we go on with renovating a few more buildings.

    ## Building Project:
    We are going to build a whole house (almost) from the scratch in summer 2021. People interested in learning how to build houses are welcome to join during the building period. Read more about this Project in the "help required" section.

    ## Garden Project:
    Someone interested in specifically take care of the garden for the whole year? (from now to End of the summer)
    Read more about this Project in the "help required" section.

    ## CONTACT US:
    We try to avoid inconvenient situations for our Workawayers and for us, since during Corona situations it's not easy nor recommended to switch places too often. We got told stories about other hosts who just accept randomly, not being interested in ideas and plans of their workawayers. We try to make it as convenient and as motivating for the whole team and therefore we make sure that you fit in.
    Therefore, please tell us a little about you and how you'd deal with Vegan food all day long (if not written in your profile).
    At the moment we only accept helpers who plan to stay for a longer period (1 month +) and who obviously fit into our team and household.

    ## Corona/Covid19:
    Please be aware that we DO follow the regional rules strictly. Not because we totally agree with them, but they simply are kind of law. That also means that we have quite some experience in avoid conflicts with the law and still getting to do almost everything we like to do. If you are scared of Corona or a risk group member, we don't recommend you to come here.

    NUTRITION (more important during Corona Lockdown):
    We DON'T eat a lot of meat nor milk products. Vegans and Vegetarians are very welcome!
    Be aware that we do BUTCHER chicken from time to time - for eating. You may help or watch if you want to.
    Vegan / Vegetarian alternative always available.
    And: We only buy SEASONAL and ORGANIC food from an exclusively organic shop (that's almost a religion. If you started being that strict, you can't put a foot into a supermarket without disgust).
    If you have too extravagant wishes (which are not regional, not seasonal or maybe are even not available in our local organic shop) you might have to buy them yourself.

    ## LONG TERM HELPERS are kind of valuable for us and therefore very welcome. We've had good experiences with long term helpers and we also made sure that their dedication was appreciated in one way or another.

    ## Ultra long term: Looking for families who want to build their own home here (experience needed). Architectural designs are made and will be provided, everything else is to be discussed.


    We are a small community, living on a small farm in South Germany (Dürnau, Federsee, Baden-Württemberg).

    Our goal is to get a somewhat (self-) sustainable small farm running here, but we are really at the beginning since we just bought that farm in spring 2018. There are a lot of things we still need to figure out what to do with on that farm. For example there's enough space to build up to five flats for families, guests and farm mates. But who's going to live here with us? Well, lots of things that need to be figured in the future...

    We like having guests very much, since that means a lot of life around us all the time. The most of us adults staying here have a lot of experience on doing Workaway and Couchsurfing abroad ourselves.

    We love to discuss, play board games and to eat good food. There is always time to discuss things about life, work, experience and politics. And we don't count working hours. Between the jobs we sometimes do bike tours, go swimming or relax somewhere. In our experience everyone does his share and in the end of the day we are all happy about what we could contribute to the community / to the society. Well, you won't get bored - and there is enough work for dozens of people.

    - Katharina, freelancer Midwife, mother of 1 child (2016)
    - Moritz, "farm"-manager and Student (studying part-time something with business, economy and sustainability at some online-university (home-studies)). Focusing the Building Project
    - Edda: living here since 2020; running the kitchen, organizing the workshop and supporting with background preparations

    We try to practice ATTACHMENT PARENTING. What sometimes seems like we're spoiling her by "always doing what they want" - but there is a lot of theory in the background, and we read a lot of books about that parenting method. We also discuss a lot about how to handle past situations (with children or with adults) in order to get a better success in parenting and handling our fellow humans in general. Also, we try (more or less successful) to actively use these theories in the real world, with adults and with our own. So we just try to avoid a lot of misunderstandings and disagreements by just giving a lot of attention in how to tell things and deal with people - and with talking about issues we have.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We do speak German, English and French.
    You will participate in a small and growing community, you might learn a lot of handcraft, gardening or cooking, depending on where you would like to contribute. You will get in touch with some locals here, you may also have some free days in the cities around here.

    ##But the main thing is: I think you got a great time and just easy going relaxing jobs with a young motivated team.##

  • Help


    There are some different major topics we are currently focusing on:
    - (Re)constructions on the main living building.
    - Kitchen
    - maintenance

    ##Building Project:
    we are going to build a whole timbered house from the scratch. This means work on the foundation, carpentry, planning, improvising, roof-climbing. You will learn a lot about building - and we need motivated and interested helpers. Therefore, dedicated helpers might get their fixed costs covered if they stay several months (this is NO Payment).

    ## Garden Project:
    our focus is very much on the building project at the moment. Still, we are also maintaining our garden and growing quite a big part of the vegetables, we use for cooking. If you are interested in joining there and overtaking responsibilities, please tell us!

    Important: no special skills required for any of these projects. You get a proper introduction wherever you join, and you will get a task that suites your skills and your thirst for knowledge. Please be aware that we are not a holiday camp nor a professional self-sufficiency training camp. Some jobs might be boring, some jobs might be complicated or tiring - but they still need to get done. Please also understand that we will introduce you to some jobs, machines and tools only if we feel that this makes sense, based on your skills, on the time you stay here and your motivation. We give our best to keep the jobs interesting for you, but that's not always possible. Anyway, you are very welcome to suggest tasks you would like to do (and our references prove that this works like a charm!).

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Dutch: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    Spoken language varies between German and English, we are even very used to switch from one sentence to another. You will be able to practice German as well as (international) English. Please be aware that for safety reasons we have to choose the best way of communication in the construction (the smallest language barrier). Some of us speak French, some of us speak Dutch.

  • Accommodation


    Generally: we cook and eat together, and we share bathroom and toilet.

    Accommodation possibilities for helpers:
    - three different shared (temporary) dormitories in the barn: They're fun and people like it. But don't expect a hostel dormitory, they're much more improvised.

    Accomodation possible for families:
    one dormitory can be changed into a "private" room, if necessary.

    we DO have enough mattresses and sheets. You'll see ;-)

    ##you will be notified about availability of rooms at the period you requested##

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is a (not organic) bakery in our village, but the first shop or market is 3 km away. You can go there by bike easily if you like. There is another Worakway-host in our village, so there are a lot of interesting people around. There is a bus connection to Biberach (and other cities around our village) about every hour during daytime on working days. We got some bikes, and you may go on a tour with these bikes for a day or two - or more. The region is quite flat, but not too flat, and there are also some very interesting cultural things in the Region. Actually it's known as a comfortable holiday biker region.
    The closest interesting or touristic places around here (as far as I know):
    Federsee region (archeological sights and natural reserve)
    Wackelwald (Bad Buchau, a very strange swimming forest. This is a great half-day-trip)
    Bachritterburg (Kanzach, a rebuilt medieval castle)

    english tags:
    sustainability, sustainable, selfsustainable, ecological, ecologic, permaculture, gardener, farmer, gardening, farming, field, soil and humus, wheat, grain, making bread, bakery, baking, self-sufficiency, self-sufficient, vegetarian, couchsurfing, wwoof, wwoofing, horse, draft horses, pony, ponies, upcycling, recycling, workshop, open source, linux, attachment parenting, bike, bicycle, building, construction, carpentry, carpenter, woodwork, architect, architecture, builder, timber, clay, lime, claywork, plaster
    deutsche Stichworte:
    nachhaltig, Nachhaltigkeit, biologisch, ökologisch, ökologischer Bauernhof, Gemeinschaft, Aussteiger, Bioland, Garten, Gärtnerei, Boden und Humus, Feld, Acker, Getreide, Brot backen, Selbstversorger, Selbstversorgung, Vegetarier, vegetarisch, vegan, Kaninchen, Fahrrad, Liegerad, Liegefahrrad, autofrei, Werkstatt, bedürfnisorientierte Erziehung, Fahrrad, Veganer, Baustelle, Konstruktion, Zimmermann, Schreiner, Maurer, Architekt, Architektur, Fachwerk, Lehm, Kalk, Lehmputz, Tadelakt

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    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

    We have a 100Mbit Connection and Wi-Fi all over our property. About working space: please contact us about the space available, if you need extra space for your work.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    It's generally possible to visit us with a campervan. But the place for vans is only accessible via a quite steep path, so we need to make sure that you get away again. If your car is to weak to pull away the trailer on its own, we could even use the tractor for that - but that's quite an exercise...

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    It depends on how you are planning to stay here. Dogs are usually not allowed inside the house - but we have a big garden...

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    around 25h, but very flexible

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