Lend a hand with natural building and small scale family farming in Rastenfeld, Austria

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a small, bilingual family (Austrian and British) living in the Austrian countryside, renovating and expanding our grandparents farmhouse to include space for our dairy sheep, beehives, chickens and more! We use natural building materials such as clay, straw, lime and reed to create communal and private spaces which we would love to share with as many people and cultures as possible.

    Our hope is to make long term connections and friendships, it's wonderful when previous visitors return and share their experiences! Cultural exchange is important to us and we are lucky enough to have a beautiful home that should not be for only us but shared with the world.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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

    The farm lies in the Waldviertel, the Wood Quarter of Lower Austria, where we hope to be able to share our knowledge of natural building techniques and materials as well as our experiences of small-scale farming, though we ourselves are learning new things all the time!

    We love to spend time with people from different cultures and backgrounds, especially around the fire (inside or out) where we play music, swap stories and try out new dishes with our own, home-grown food.

  • Help

    Help

    Most importantly we would like help with our natural building projects although there is the opportunity to also work with the animals and in our garden. You will find that there is always something to do and no two days are the same here!

    No experience is required although it would be helpful. We can teach you everything you might need to know but if you can teach us anything too that would be wonderful, language exchange is a great example.

    From milking sheep, to bee keeping, to haymaking, to clay plastering, to straw bale building, to communal cooking, to natural stone building to harvesting fruit, vegetables, grains and honey, to figuring out where the chickens laid their eggs, there is something for almost everyone and you can try it all or choose a specific area in which you would like to be involved. To be clear, we currently only build and produce food for ourselves and work together as a family to do this, we do not sell any of our produce and are only a private household.

    Individuals, couples, families, and pets friends are all welcome!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Russian: Intermediate
    Chinese (Mandarin): Intermediate
    Arabic: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    All languages welcome! We can always find ways to communicate but we are particularly interested in improving our knowledge of Arabic and Hindi.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    There are a few different spots around the property where people can stay and although sleeping inside is an option, it should be noted that the buildings are still a work-in-progress so it's maybe not suitable for anyone with mobility issues. Outside however, there is ample space for tents, caravans or campers, with of course access to a shared bathroom, outdoor shower and shared kitchen. We personally like sleeping in the orchard in Summer ;-)

    We prefer to eat altogether though we understand that it's not always possible and try to take turns cooking. Our diet is (mostly) vegetarian but anyone visiting should feel free to cook and eat what makes them feel good. We share our food and can provide all you might need, unless it's olives. Olives are the devils butt nuggets.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Previous visitors and volunteers have taken time to work at a local farm producing vegetable boxes and we help out at a small Montessori style school project too, teaching English to children aged from 5 to 14. We would be more than happy to arrange similar exchanges with helpers and can provide bikes for this or any other purpose. We highly recommend that anyone who visits takes a stroll to our local swimming spot and Krems an der Donau is a 30min drive away, with loads of history, food and access to the Danube. Vienna, is 1:30 hours away by car and 2 hours by public transport.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is plenty of space for multiple vehicles, unless you're travelling by spaceship...

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Aslong as your pet is good with other animals (we have chickens, sheep, cats and a dog) and children then you are more than welcome to bring them with you.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week




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