Join us on our organic homestead/flower farm in Czech Republic

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Czech Republic

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a young family living our dream. Both city-born, we built a small organic farm, located under the Jizera mountains in the northern tip of the country at the border with Germany and Poland. On our 6 hectare farm we keep 20 goats and sheep, have an orchard of 50 fruit trees and grow cut flowers and vegetables on 1200m2. We aspire to be self-sufficient in meat, dairy products, fruits and veg. Together with our two children of 3 and 5 years we live in a small wooden sustainable house.
    Our village is near Liberec city and easily reachable by bus and train from Prague, Berlin or Dresden.

  • 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
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet
    Teaching

  • 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

    We are happy to share our skills in gardening, bread baking, goat and sheep husbandry, hand milking. We can share many tips on how to enjoy small scale farming lifestyle to its full without getting burned out.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    Workawayers are welcome to help with:
    - teaching our children English
    - gardening (digging, planting, weeding, seeding, harvesting),
    - helping with produce
    - assisting at wooden constructions
    - very little animal care- feeding animals, giving water, clearing the animal sheds and the chicken coop

    If you have any special skills: carpentry, electricity, tiling, photography, video, let us know and we will find a project for you!

    We start working latest at 8.30am. The afternoons are then more free for you to wander in the forest, go for a bike ride or just rest on our porch or garden.

    I appreciate a rotation in cooking as we like to try different meals. Who is not cooking clears the table after meals and washes dishes (we have a small dishwasher for cups and plates). Help with basic cleaning is expected as sweeping the floor in spaces we share (about 25m2) or cleaning the shower after use. These household chores are part of the daily routine and everybody has to pitch in. If you love cooking and you are willing to cook everyday for 6 people from scratch, let me know :)

    March/April: Cleaning the goats shed, moving manure around garden, helping with installing animal fences
    May/June: Preparing firewood, lots of weeding and planting, canning.
    July/August: Weeding, helping with produce, picking flowers, canning.
    September/October: Clearing all garden beds, adding manure to them, planting bushes, seeding, transplanting, canning produce.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    Spanish: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    ACCOMODATION:
    Workawayers will be accomodated in a wooden cabin. The cabin is quite small (9m2) and is 20m from our house. It is furnished with two beds (you will probably share the cabin with another volunteer), a small kitchen and basic equipment (you will have electricity). Please bring your sleeping bag or at least a sleeping bag liner, and we can lend you one. Nights are always cold, even in the hottest summer!!!

    SHOWER AND WATER USE:
    Since we depend on our well and we have had very dry years, we are very concentrated on keeping the water use as low as possible. Next to the cabin is a dry composting toilet and showers are limited to 5 minutes a day per person. We take it as a part of our sustainable living.

    FOOD:
    Three meals a day are served and volunteers participate in food preparation. I usually cook lunch alone, but expect volunteers to prepare an easy dinner: salad, soup, quiche or anything you like to cook. Same is for breakfast.
    We cook healthy organic vegetarian food with lots of fresh vegetable, once a week meat is served from our own livestock.
    Our household is sugar-free, only exceptions are occasional home-baked cakes or homemade jams. If you have a sweet-tooth, we highly recommend you to bring your own sweets or junk food.

    DAILY ROUTINE:
    A certain rythm in our life is important to us and so our days look usually like this:
    7 am Milking goats
    7:45 Breakfast
    8:30 Work
    12:30 Lunch
    13:30 Afternoon work 1hour and free time
    18:30 Dinner

    CLIMATE:
    Mountains are close by, and nearly all year long there is strong and cold wind blowing. You definitely need a water and wind stopper, a hat and scarf is necessary until end of May and from September.

    March-April: Day temperatures : 0-15°C, Night temperatures : -5-10 °C
    May- June : Day temperatures : 10-25°C, Night temperatures : 2-10 °C
    July- August: Day temperatures : 15-32°C, Night temperatures : 10-18 °C
    September- October: Day temperatures : 0-20°C, Night temperatures : -5-10 °C

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in the countryside but you can easily travel by bus and train. Next to our house is a forest where you wander or go mushroom picking. There are forest cycling pathes called Singletrack nearby, we can lend you our bicycles. An excellent brewery is in Frydlant town and you can enjoy some beautiful hikes in the Jizera mountains or see a wonderful cathedral in Hejnice.

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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