We, Gudrun and Michael Koch, live in an old, renovated farmhouse on a 20 000 m² (5 acre) property in a small village. We have some animals (3 horses, 1 donkey, 1 goat, 1 goose, 2 pot-bellied pigs, some chickens, a dog and three cats). In addition to our own land we lease pastures for our animals which we need to manage. The heating system in our house is operated with wood so that we have to cut and split the wood during summer to use it in winter. We also have a small garden where we grow vegetables, herbs and lettuces.
Gudrun teaches recorder and gives riding lessons, mainly to children. She is also an riding therapist and a music therapist. Furthermore Gudrun conducts a choir for children and young people.
Michael studied chemistry and now works and teaches at university in the field of environmental chemistry, water chemistry and quality assurance in analytical chemistry. In his spare time he conducts a men’s choir.
Together we like to play music and enjoy our little farm.
As expected, this all creates some workload. We would like workawayers to support us with projects like renovating fences, building a new stable for the chickens and preparing the wood for the winter months. Of course, we are also happy if you can help us in the house with cooking, cleaning, garden work and caring for our animals so that we have more time for other things. Currently our oldest son and his family are building a new house in our neighbourhood. So additional work is likely to come up there, too.
We can offer rooms for up to two workawayers and a separate bathroom with shower. Since we always have a number of planned projects, you can choose one that fits your skills and preferences.
In our small village, unfortunately, buses run only very infrequently and we don’t have any shopping infrastructure. But we do have two cars, so this is usually not a problem.
We speak Englisch and German and we are very happy to meet people from other cultures and to learn from each other. We are also looking forward to sharing our experiences and our culture with you.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
You can improve your English or German language skills and find close local contacts. You will explore the natural riches of nature in our rural valley and especially in the interaction between our different animals and you will make experiences in agriculture in an alternative way.
Together with you we would like to make music and discuss about life, science and innovative educational approaches.
There are chores to be done in the stable, on the pasture, in the forest, garden, house and kitchen.
We have a list of projects, from which you can select what fits to you.
If you like to engage in activities with children, inquire what's on during the season you wish to come.
We are looking forward to hear about your passions.
WIFI; single room, own bathroom; shared kitchen, pianos, hapsichord and other musical instruments, bikes, bus stop, next town 20 min by public transport, Stuttgart 30 min by car.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week