Hello! We are Merili, Mikk and Taavet, and we have a small place in the middle of the forests in Nedsaja Village, Põlva County, Estonia. We currently have an adorable dog Arno and a cat Mammu. The location itself is one of the wildest in Estonia. It is really next to Russian border.
This year(2021) we are building a farm-house. We know that it will be a great adventure. Also we have noticed that we have many other tasks too to fulfill and we just can’t make time for everything. This is why I am adding this profile here. We are searching for a gardening talent. Someone who knows his/her way in the garden and wishes to grow food for one nature cycle from start to finish. We do have a lot of knowledge about this and we can share our knowledge with a person who really wishes to do this.
Conditions in the farm are humble and basic. We have an outdoor DC (dry closet), and we get clean in our magical sauna or since this year we're also renting an apartment in the nearest town which means - a shower! and a washing machine! From this year we also have a caravan in the yard that is filled with all the modern luxury it also includes a modern and small kitchen. This is where the family is staying, but for starting it gives a nice place for cooking.
Our eating habits are simple and we tend to eat mainly vegetables, with the exeption of occasional fish and we dig ecological lifestyle. Everything we grow is organic and we are really trying to get the most out of everything we use or make.
With every year we get more and more nature wise. This means that we are really passionate about plants around us and how to use them for tea, food or whatever we need. We collect lot of food and herbs from the nature for winter-supplies.
Since we really live in an amazing place in the nature sence then we are not using many chemicals that are really common in beauty products. So no fluoride for us. We provide you good and ecological and all natural beauty and body products in sauna.
MAIN PROJECT this year for volunteers:
To fill our veggie permaculture garden and a greenhouse with plants. And to take care of them. Also harvest the food in autumn. And everything that goes with this. Lot of sweaty and rewarding work. It is a work that goes for a moto - what you sow, you reap.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Travelers can learn about Estonian nature, culture and history and about the unique Seto culture. I am the village chief and am arranging many activities and social events in Nedsaja village. You are welcomed to join us.
Also we can share our knowledge on living off of the land, and what we know about farming, animals, plants and life and love overall.
Experience has shown that the best volunteer for our farm is adventurous soul who has some knowledge to offer. Or is really enthusiastic about farm life and has positive attitude towards life. Plus the thing that he or she likes to work individually or with another volunteer. In the meaning that we have our dayjobs. This means that we are not always in the farm. But we love to spend time with our volunteers daily.
Before writing to us ask yourself - what kind of workaway experience I would love? We are really happy to be match for your dreams.
We would love to find a same person or couple for 5-6 months. In the meaning that gardener or gardeners would actually start the garden project and finish this before leaving.
Our greenhouse is half-permaculture and outside beds are original permaculture beds. With every year it is expanding more and more.
This would teach you everything that there is to know of growing your own food:
* preparing the land - spreading and digging in the poo, or covering the beds with straw.
* planting the seeds
* taking care of the plants - wheating, covering the beds with straw, making and adding natural liquids that give extra vitamins for plants(for example nettle tea etc)
* collecting the food and preserving it for winter - at times it means that chillies need to be chopped and placed in a vinegar, other times it is the tomatoes that need to be dried and put into oil afterwards.
* making seeds, drying them and packing them for next year
*️️️️️️️ picking berries, mushrooms, herbs from the nature and preparing them for winter
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*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Helping with chores and with preparing food - it is great when you know how to cook from the things that you are growing :)
There are always things to do on the farm, so projects and tasks may varie a bit.
You Are Boss of your own time. We give you assignments and wish for 4 hour active work for 5 days a week(weekends are off). When and how you do it is up to you to decide.
This host offers a language exchange
I have always wished to study Spanish and speak it fluently.
Accomodation is possible in many ways.
1. In the attic of sauna. It is a truly magical place, a bit further from our caravan and building site.
Private and has electricity. In th attick there is just room for a mattress so no standing. It is possible to furnish the room before sauna and use this for standing activities. It is not built out yet. But a place that is with great perspectives.
2. Sleeping in a tent + we have a really good hammock!
Just let us know if you wish to stay in the tent because our neighbour's kids also love to stay in the tent during the warm nights of summer!
3. Apartment in Värska - 10km away
4. Something better that I cannot write out right now.
With your time off, you can explore the local area - big forests and wild swomps. We can go hiking and tree climbing together. Buses and trains can take you to Värska, Tartu, Tallinn and many other areas. You can also use our sauna during your time off, as well as relax in the Värska Sanatorium and water center.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
Our dog is really not friendly with other male-dogs. Also with some he has become friends. He is an alfa-dog.
Maximum 4 active hours a day, 5 days a week