My name is Marko, I am 37 and am rebuilding a small old farm in the southeast of Austria.
Actually I had emigrated to Central Portugal where I was running a small reforestation project with many volunteers, working as a woodsman and artisanal carpenter. In 2017 that area was totally devastated by a catastrophic wildfire ... and that did change me quite a bit.
To be honest - I think before that I was in many ways very naive, and in many ways not very grown up. Like many privileged first- world people I could not really relate to what it feels like if something really goes wrong ... without doing something wrong ... unconsciously believing there is something like a right to safety.
It changed me to live in a burned forest for a year and I do take myself more seriously now. Somehow more gentle but also fiercer and much deeper. We are not here forever.
3 years ago I was very lucky to find a small farm that I could buy which I am now slowly working again.
I am dedicated to sustainability and living in ways that really consider the long run... and how people who come after us will think of us.
Actually being a woodsman, I am now learning to garden and work with sheep. Next year I will run a small veg - box that hopefully will keep things more or less afloat financially so I can be on the farm pretty much full time... and since the farm is quite small I am working on grazing sheep on other, not used patches of land around here. (I just got a seep dog puppy to help move around the flock, who right now is making lots of nonsense).
It would be very good if there were more young people getting into farming and rural living again - which often is quite a difficult and challenging thing ... but I believe in their hearts it actually is what a lot of people want.
And it is also something that is really needed ... because farming as we know it now, with lot's of big machines ... is not going to have much of a future ... and it would be important to have more down-to-earth youth around in times to come.
If you want to come here as a helper, learn a few things, take care of plants and animals, help with growing vegetables and around the farm, please get in touch.
The place here is simple and put together on a shoestring, so don't expect too much. Also this is not spectacular-mounatins- Austria. It's not much of a party - place either.
It's about love for the land and doing something that does makes sense in a time that is quite mad.
I think you have to have a kind of grassroots-activist-mentality to come here. If you are not bothered by how things are and you just want to have a good time traveling, getting to know the world and "make new experiences ..." you will not be happy about my company. If you feel that somehow you are living in a crazy bubble and seek to find a deeper way of living, that is more friendly to life and profoundly connected to the land ... well, that's what I am about.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
I don't really know what is meant with cultural exchange. Working on a farm is down- to-earth learning ... and I think learning how to live on a piece of land ... and really thinking about what means, must be the foundation for culture. It's a different kind of learning. More embodied. And it does take time.
a willingness to make oneself useful ... lot's of things need to be done. Work depends on what needs doing, what you can do. From preserving food from the garden, household - work, animal care, building, firewood, growing food. Sheep - stuff, building, hay making ...
small guest room
let's have a skype call if you think about coming here
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hours a day, 5 days a week