Learn about organic farming and a rural lifestyle at the foothill of Rhodope mountains, Bulgaria

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Bulgaria

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello,

    We are Kris and Valentina. We are 43 and 31 years old and we used to live in NYC until 2016 when we decided to have kids and grow our own food. Originally we though we would build a tiny farm to supply our own needs, but 5 years later since our first growing season (we strarted growing veggies oin 2015 but started creating the farm in 2013) we keep growing. We have one son Leo who is 2 years old and are expecting our second one in September of 2019. We have 1500 sq. feet of greenhouses and about 4000 sq feet of uncovered gardens. The greenhouses are used all year. We are a 4 season farm but only grow seasonal veggies and fruits. We love to experiment with new seeds and varieties and try to learn new ways and tactics from farmers from all over the world.
    On the farm its only the 2 of us and my parents (Valentina's) so could really use a hand and would love to share our knowledge, home and food with you.

    We can accept volunteers from march till november and it would be great if you can stay long term or at least 2-3 weeks. We are located 100 km from Sofia and about 70 km from Plovdiv. We have a railway stop in the nearest city Belovo, a bigger stop on the railway is Pazardzhik which is only 20 km from us.

    Feel free to reach us if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting you and having you be part of our family.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We hope that you will stay with us more than a week so we can teach you more about organic farming and rural lifestyle. We love cooking and bulgarian food is amazing, so if you love cooking we would love to share our favorite recipes with you.

  • Help

    Help

    We can accommodate up to 4 people at a time.
    The help we expect is 5 hrs per day 5 days a week, 2 days you can take off and explore the area which is quite beautiful. In the summer we work early in the morning from 6-7 to 9-10 and then again in the late afternoon when its too hot.
    Tasks that will be done:
    seeding, planting, hoeing, weeding, harvesting, pruning, spraying with our own homemade nettle teas or yogurt and water to fight off insects, canning for the winter. For men we might need you to help Kris with some building stuff - putting up a fence, building a wall, painting, putting tiles, etc. Nothing too difficult. We will be building 3 guest houses in summer of 2019 and would love some ideas on how to make the place more artsy and beautiful, so if you love to paint/draw - we are open to ideas and help with that too.


    We need someone who speaks good english and even though between me and my husband we speak 6 languages - english and bulgarian are the only ones we can speak together. My parents dont speak english but we will always be here so no worries. In fact we hope having people speak english would help my parents learn :)

    BABYSITTING AND HELP AROUND THE HOUSE:
    We are looking for someone to help us in the first months of having a second child. Our second son is expected to arrive in September and we need help for at least 3 months. We wont accept weekly help, either 1, 2 or 3 months commitment and we are willing to pay 200 euros per month because of the longer hours and commitment. You will have free room and board and will become part of our family. Our first son's name is Leonardo, he is almost 2 and half years old and is full of energy. I, Valentina, need someone who loves kids to spend most of the day with him playing and caring for him, while im recovering from the birth and taking care of the new baby. Unlike the volunteers on our farm who only do 5 hrs per day, this requires 8 hrs per day - 9am to 5 pm. Also i will need help around the house - cleaning and cooking, this will be a great opportunity for you to learn about bulgarian cuisine. Must speak fluent english. We look forward to having you over and hope to make you feel at home.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Bulgarian, German, Russian, Serbian, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We recently built a wooden cottage on the farm that fits 2 on the 1st floor and 2 on the second, ideally if 2 people come you each get a room and it has an attached brand new bathroom that you would have to share. There is an outside brand new kitchen there too, but families with campers/vans with their own kitchen are free to use ours or theirs :)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The area around our village is incredibly beautiful. We are at the foothill of Rhodope mountains and you could go hiking and sightseeing on the weekends. Also Sofia and Plovdiv are very close. 1 hour by train to Sofia and a bit less to Plovdiv.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week for farm work and 8 hrs a day for 5 days for child care and house help (paid)

Valentina, her mom Lidiya and little Leo
Volunteers from Switzerland
Valentina's mom with a bunch of beautiful rainbow radishes
One of our 3 dogs. Rocky is the biggest of them all and a sweetheart
Our adorable niece Tedi who loves spending summers on the farm
Kris harvesting grapes in the fall
One of our winter CSA boxes
bulgarian volunteers

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