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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.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
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.
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.
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.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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