Hi we are Franz and Aimee and we are working at an old water mill with foundations from the 13th century (actual building maybe 16th century) to restore the main house and the outbuildings around it in order to start an ecological community mixed with a hackerspace.
There are 4 soon 5 people that live here permanently (one is elderly). Some of us have remote work so time is limited sometimes to work around the property. In general we need help with keeping the buildings and the surroundings in good shape and also work on the projects we have ongoing.
This place should be a safe and open place: no sexism, no racism, no stereotyping, no (religious) preaching.
If you are looking for a quiet place in the country then this could be the perfect place for you.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
A great opportunity to learn about life in the country, how to maintain and restore old buildings, spend time in the lush green countryside. We speak mostly English as it is easier with a mix of people from all over the world. Learn about wild food foraging, food conservation, bread baking, event organising etc.
**** corona status update ****
accommodation offered will be tent in the garden for max 1 or a couple travelling together - for stays longer than 2 weeks it may be then possible to move in the shared dorm (after the 2 weeks self isolation
tasks will be limited to construction and gardening outdoors
At the moment we are focusing on restoration and self sustainability this includes tasks that require good physical fitness, we are looking for people who are not afraid of getting their hands dirty and getting involved in tasks such as cleaning, cutting trees, digging, building work, carpentry, restoration of furniture, harvesting, mowing, brick, making firewood, taking care of the house chores etc.
We have 2 dogs, 4 chickens and 3 cats. We are a working farm and we keep our chickens for eggs.
If you are afraid of dogs please consider that we have two of them before you decide to contact us.
If you suffer from allergies please note that you may not feel good here - come prepared with antihistamines or whatever medication works for you.
If you are into DIY and want to create stuff, we have task for you too.
But also if you like computer work we have already a lot to do: write documentation, here and there create social media content, programming for open source software we use, administration. Usually in this case the tasks are a mixture as we have to prioritise tasks according to the situation.
In the warmer months we do quite a bit of construction work, there are many projects lined up to improve the place, in the winter we focus on maintenance inside the house, splitting wood etc.
Occasionally as a community we also do work on nearby properties in order to support ourselves and the community, this may include manual labour and other physically demanding jobs. These days are rare but we like to be upfront about it.
Please note that smoking is only allowed outside.
corona virus status update - the only accomodation on offer at this moment is in a tent in the garden
Shared rooms with shared bathroom (only one bathroom), we also have a big attic that we use when we have a lot of people over or you can borrow a tent from us.
Hot solar showers outside in the summer - hot shower and bathtub inside in the winter.
One shared kitchen.
Dishwasher and washing machine.
2 MB Internet Flat - no heavy downloads / streaming
Very important: We are 3 km away from the next village, 7 km away from the next train station, 15km away from the next shop. Have that in mind when you plan to come here. But we will probably go shopping once a week.
Countryside living is great if you like cycling, hiking, bird watching, if you fancy going to Berlin for the weekend it's about 2 hours to get to Berlin on the train.
You should announce your arrival time at least 1 day before, when you arrive with train. I don't check my phone and messages every hour. If you arrive at the station unannounced and you can't reach me then you have to wait till you reach me or hitchhike to us otherwise I will be happy to get you from the train station. :)
corona virus update - you will need to wear a mask and gloves in the car if you need a lift please make sure that you bring some with you
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
25 hours a week
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