Ecological renovation, organic gardening and a cool community in Dürnau, south Germany




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    ## Update July 10, 2020:
    what happens these days:
    - clay work
    - install the windows
    - finish the new bathroom ( tadelakt plaster! )
    - take care of the garden

    - long term: looking for families who want to build their own home here (experience needed). Architectural designs are in the pipeline 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 apartments 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. Spoken language varies between German and English, we are even very used to switch from one sentence to another. 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.

    The community gathers around a small family (described below).
    - 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

    Further there are some people who stay here since months or even years. We are generally open to other people who want to stay here for long term, even settling down here is generally possible. We just don't want to feel lonely here. Oh, and more children and even "grand parents" might be fun as well!

    We DON'T eat a lot of meat nor milk products. Vegans and Vegetarians are very welcome!
    Be aware that we do BUTCHER chicken and bunnies from time to time - for eating. You may help or watch if you want to.
    Vegan / Vegetarian alternative always available.
    And: We only buy 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 seasonal or maybe are even not available in our local organic shop) you might need to buy them yourself.

    Our life on the Farm is focused on Community, Family, Children and work that can be done together. We spend a lot of time with our child, doing things together (we also work with her and she's always welcome to help us to do things), practicing ATTACHMENT PARENTING. What sometimes seems like we're spoiling her by "always doing what she wants" - 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 in order to get a better success in parenting and handling our children. 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.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • 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 tasks we are currently focusing on, for example:
    - (Re)constructions on the main living building.
    - Gardening
    - Kitchen and Community maintenance

    ##no special skills required for any of these jobs. You get a proper introduction wherever you join and you will get a tasks that suites your skills and your thirst for knowledge##

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


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

    Accomodation possibilities for guests:
    - One small cozy guest space (former haystock). Very good for small groups, couples, or families (max 5 people)
    - One big guest space in the barn. It's very basic but cool and comfortabe. (5+ people). available from between May and October, due to cold periods.
    - there are some tents and enough ground to bring a caravan or whatever you prefer to bring with you to sleep in.

    ##you will be notified about availability of rooms and amout of planned guests 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 3km away. you can go there by bike easily if you like. There is another Wwoof-Farm 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.
    Most interesting things around here (as far as I know):
    Wackelwald (Bad Buchau)
    Bachritterburg (Kanzach)

    english tags:
    sustainability, sustainable, selfsustainable, ecological, ecologic, permaculture, gardener, farmer, gardening, farming, field, soil and humus, wheat, grain, making bread, bakery, self sufficiency, self sufficient, vegetarian, couchsurfing, wwoof, wwoofing, horse, draft horses, pony, ponies, recycling, workshop, open source, linux, attachment parenting, bike, bicycle
    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, Vegetarier, Kaninchen, Fahrrad, Liegerad, Liegefahrrad, autofrei, Werkstatt, bedürfnisorientierte Erziehung, Fahrrad, Veganer

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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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    around 25h, but very flexible

during the demolition. That was fun.
the main building was completely empty at one point. BTW: These beams are 140 years old.
that beam was to heavy to carry -- therefore we got help of our neighbors. Disclaimer: This guy on the ladder is crazy - and experienced in such things. I won't expect such things from you.
garden in Summer
this was the construction of our gypsy trailer.
We're staying in there during the construcions. This Gypsy trailer is completely self made. Self made solar electricity with a refurbished solar panel.
every year we go to a friend to collect blueberries. this summer we got about 30kg and made jam and compote with it.
making hay for the bunnies. far too much hay, though... what comes next? we might want to get more animals soon.
chicks happen.
we are trying to pioneer an ethical way of keeping and breeding bunnies. anyway, as everywhere, we are at the beginning. ((Feb20: all our bunnies are in the freezer for now. getting new ones soon. Or should we get sheep?))
that used to be the barn, the garage for the tractor and the pig stable. Now it's a workshop, and most of all, the lawn in front is our main living place during summer.
our home
maintenance work in the Garden. Here: cutting trees and Branches
our future bathroom.

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