Help our family with organic and regenerative practices in Island Brač, Croatia

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  • Description

    Description

    * We Do Not Host in the Summer - Our accommodations are already mostly booked with tourism until Fall *
    Please do not message about a summer workaway, as we try to make sure to respond to every inquiry, these inquiries create extra work for us .

    ****PLEASE READ September update ****
    With the recent loss of a close family member, we are simply not able or capable at this time to go forward with a Workaway arrangement. You are welcome to send us a quick message so that if and when we are able to consider a November or March hosting, we can let you know. We will likely not be able to get to it until next month at the earliest.


    NOVEMBER 2021 - Looking for a couple for the beginning two weeks of the month and a couple for the end two weeks of the month to help with the olive harvest.

    MARCH 2022 - looking for a couple to help with spring pruning, bush burning and “whacking” - will only start considering after January



    Please read below for more information...

    Born and raised in Canada, My wife and I decided to return to the land of my family and rejuvenate an inherited olive grove. Using organic and regenerative agricultural practices, we are passionate about raising healthy olives and animals, cultivate organic produce in our garden, as well as sharing our passion.

    We have many one-time projects and work that is often seasonal in nature. Therefore our need for workawayers and the type of help/type of accommodations changes regularly. If you have come across our profile and are interested, please check the other sections for detailed information on some of the projects (especially the time of year) that we are looking to have help with.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    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

    The tradition of raising Olives on Island brač on the Dalmatian coast of Croatian is both ancient and culturally engrained in the local communities. We find it ultimately a peaceful and spiritual experience that we love to share with family, friends, tourists, and anyone else interested in living as close to the land as possible.

    Winter season is a time where the island is sleepy and even a bit isolated. If you are looking for peace and quiet, this is where you will find it. If you are looking for a lot of people and bustling attractions, we think you may be disappointed as many establishments are only open in the summer season. This is also the time that our family rests and rejuvenates outside our work day with solitude and quiet privacy.

    Summer Season we do not generally host with Workaway because it is hot, there is not a lot of farm work in the heat of the summer, and we work in the tourist industry during this season. Our accomodations are used as tourist rental in the months of May-September. It is when the island gets busier with tourists from all over the world coming to enjoy the crystal clear waters, award winning beaches, and Mediterranean climate. We have much less free time in the summer so incase we do list a Workaway in the summer - you should be comfortable and happy to spend free time independently of us, although we are confident you wont be disappointed with this free time to yourself.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    ****COVID -19 Considerations ***
    Please be sure to check in advance if you are able to travel to Croatia without restrictions. Upon accepting a workaway agreement, we can assist in the specific details and requirements at the time of travelling

    Summer Housesitting 2021 -
    (**We were meant to Travel and Visit Canada. Canada has implemented strict expensive quarantine restrictions so our trip is on hold**)

    Olive Harvest Season 2021
    (will start considering in spring of 2021 for fall 2021 harvest)
    We are looking for two people to stay in our separate apartment for November. We generally host two pairs of workaways - split between the first half of November and the second half of November. We pick every day that there is no rain - for 5 hours with a break to provide the main meal of the day. You are welcome to arrive before November 1st (or stay into December) to enjoy "time off" in the accommodations before picking begins, depending on an agreement with regards to providing meals.

    Spring Pruning 2022
    This includes for 2-4 hours a day of physical work in the olive grove. The help requires the collection of cut branches and burning in the field. This doesn't require a lot of strength but you should know there is a lot of bending to pick up the olive branches. We will provide the occasional lunch in the field (breakfast and dinner are your responsibility) and days off dependant on the weather.

    ANY TIME
    We will make special considerations any time of the year for a professional, skilled trade woodworker (single or with their travel partner). We have an endless list of woodworking projects.

    Insurance:
    As there are many kinds of coverage for both EU/Non EU nationals, we expect that our workaways choose the best options that suit their travel and stay considering the work being done with us.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    30m squared small stone cottage with a loft sleeping arrangement. Slightly larger than a "tiny home". Heated by a woodburning stove. There is a small kitchen and bathroom. This apartment is used as an income source for our family, so we ask that you keep this in mind with regards to keeping it clean and maintained, including leaving the apartment ready as if rental guests would arrive.

    We are generally looking for someone who can provide their own meals for days we are not working together. The main meal of the day (lunch) is shared when we work in the field for olive picking. During Pruning season, we only work 2-4 hours a day with plenty of days off, and for this time of year we ask workaways to take care of all their own meals.

    Because there are two queen beds in the loft, and a pull out couch, we may be able to host a group of travellers larger than two, dependent on how you are comfortable sharing the bed options. * We don't host a single traveller as our accommodations are more efficient to host two.*

    *We do not generally host workaways with children as we are not comfortable with the loft and ladder setup and children and heights*

    We have children ; While you have your own space and privacy, you should be comfortable and kind, but also confident and firm around them, being able to set boundaries with them.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The island of Brač is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe (Zlatni rat in Bol). There are hiking and biking trails, and unspoiled coastline and many historical sites and attractions. The island is well connected by ferry to the mainland attractions including Split. Our grove is located in a small and peaceful village. Although it is relatively close to the main port town (about a 40 minute walk) it is for those who prefer a peaceful setting. There are buses to the other side of the island, and taxi's are available. We can pick up and drop off when you arrive on the ferry. We can also coordinate shopping trips to the bigger grocery stores should you need supplies and don’t have your own transportation

  • 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

    While staying in our guest house, you have your own broadband internet.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a few parking spaces for smaller vehicles, for a large motorhome we can find another solution but would not be directly at our location

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    3 -4 hours a day, 5 days a week

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