We are a family of four, Anne (51), Jaan (50), Mare (28) and Joanna (2). We have an organic farm in Estonia on an island called Saaremaa. We grow a little bit of everything, mostly beef and dairy cattle, poultry and vegetables. We also have some fruit trees and berry bushes, dog and cats. Our family is trying to be as self-sufficient as we can, so we preserve food for the winter and also forage (berries, mushrooms, herbs). Farm is located 4 km from the sea and 8 km from the nearest town.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We have travelled around a fair bit ourselves and Mare has also volunteered in organic farms in Australia, so we have many stories to share. You can learn about many aspects of farming, like animal husbandry and growing vegetables. Also Estonian traditional cooking, preserving food for winter, herbal medicines. Anne is also interested in traditional healing methods like leech therapy and old Estonian massage. We would also love to learn your language.
We need some painting to be done. Doesn't matter if you have experience. We will teach you.
Work depends a lot of the time of the year. Spring to autumn there is more work in the garden and fields (digging, planting, seeding, weeding, picking berries etc.) Winter time mostly in the chicken shed (feeding, picking and packing eggs). If you have some skills like building it would be really handy but if not you're still welcome.
Estonian, English, Russian
You will have your own room in the workers apartment, which is located at our dairy farm. There is a shower and a kitchen. You can have your breakfast there (we provide the food), lunch and dinner is in the family house which is located 1 km from the apartment.
Expect that everything is not sparkling clean as it is a production farm. Flies are everywhere in summer time bcs of animals. Winter time it's okay. Some previous workers have smoked inside the apartment so if you're extra sensitive to smoke smell maybe it's better to choose another place. Our own family doesn't smoke and we think that in the bedroom you can't really smell the previous smoking but maybe a bit in the kitchen.
The farm is located 8 km from the town and 4 km from the sea. So on your time off you can always go there. We can lend you a bicycle, there are also buses. We go to town very often by car and can drop you off and pick you up. Town has many historical buildings like 14th century castle that has a museum inside. There´s nice cafes and art galleries, also a lot of events going on the summer time. Summer is a busy time in our farm but we always try to find some time to relax ourselves. We like going to the beach with our dog often. There´s many nice beaches for swimming and sunbathing. Smoking is okay outdoors. Mixed diet. Vegans and vegetarians welcome.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week