Learn about straw bale house construction and help with organic vegetable and fruit farming in the Missouri Ozarks, USA

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a couple from two different continents (Europe,North America) who managed to find each other on a third continent, South America. Four years later we have found ourselves in the beautiful Ozark hills. With raw wooded hills we managed to clear a building site, very large garden and orchard area. Spring 2020 we are welcoming any volunteers for help with completing a straw bale house. You will learn about the whole process and are welcome to ask any questions along the way so that you can build your own! This area of the US provides with plenty of natural materials for building with. Our experience as a builder, organic farmer and linguist have allowed us to travel around to different continents while exploring different cultures and adopting new ways of construction.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The rural life is quite beautiful. The landscape, friendly people, and unusual wildlife might be something you have never experienced. We are very easy going open minded and not really defined by any culture. We are non judgmental and allow people to be who they are. We will share with you our home and spaces. Our ways of cooking and living. New ideas about life, knowledge of building materials, construction techniques, growing food, and food storage. We can help you to improve your English, German, or Spanish.

  • Help

    Help

    We are building many natural structures. Mostly including cob, straw, light straw clay, roundwood timbers, and dry stacked stone foundations. We need the help of others for many tasks. Most of the projects around here are infrastructure oriented. Some help in the garden and initial orcharding (planting trees in fall) Land clearing, harvesting stones, digging, compacting soils, erecting dry stone foundations are some of the initial works that will take place. There will always be something to do. All help here is very basic. Keeping it simple and enjoying the surroundings.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a cabin that can sleep up to 5 people and tent camping. Composting toilet. Hot showers. All food provided. We eat mostly plant based but can accommodate most diets with no problem. We will be cooking most the time, but you are encouraged to cook for everyone as well. We like to have fun too!!! We are still young and enjoy some drinks and a good bonfire.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are a lot of things to do in our surrounding areas. Bennett Spring State Park with trout hatchery, trout fishing, hiking trails and a gorgeous Spring leading into the Niangua river is 5 minutes away. Floating, canoeing, kayaking in the crystal clear Niangua river only minutes away. Lead Mine Conservation area is 10 minutes away and includes over 10 miles of hiking trails. We have a high Amish and Mennonite population in the area. You can go visit their stores or eat at their restaurant. We buy 90% of our food from them. We are happy to arrange transportation to the river, the spring, any hiking trails, and would be happy to join when possible. The nearby town of Lebanon is located on historic Route 66 with a museum in town. The Lake of the Ozarks, and Springfield, MO are reachable within a one hour drive. St. Louis and Kansas City are about 2.5 hours away from here. Keywords: Natural Building, Roundwood, Timber Frame,Cob, Light Straw Clay, Straw bale, Strawbale, Roundwood, Lime Mortar, Lime Plaster, Cave, Permaculture.

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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

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Ha Ha Tonka Castle ruins. About 30 minutes away.
Building Workaway Cabin!
Dry stack stone. Endless amounts of stone here.
A cave we are excavating. We intend to use it for produce storage.
Bennett Spring

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