Who we are and what we stands for:
we are an NGO - we are quite enthusiastic to bring back the nature in the city through developing urban gardening which is quite new for Bulgaria. We believe that it is up to us to improve our life wherever we are: "If Nature is in us and we are in the city, then Nature is in the city." (Adriana Ivanova).
So, we are developing an urban garden in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, where we already growing plants with pure, natural methods and techniques as Permaculture, Biodinamic, etc. The urban gardening is quite new as a format for Bulgaria. The creation of the garden is inspired by the idea of ennobling the surrounding urban environment. We believe that this is in our hands and depends only on our actions.
Our mission is the development and spread of urban agriculture in Bulgaria, more specific in Sofia, as a way to a more sustainable existence and a full, environmentally friendly way of living in urban conditions. We provide space and opportunity for people who have chosen the comforts of the urban lifestyle, but at the same time feel the need and pleasure to work with their hands, to keep in touch with Mother Earth, and believe that everyone has the right to access pure food - primordial right. It is in our hands.
The advantages of urban agriculture are proven and are many. Some of the most important are:
- carbon footprint reduction,
- reducing stress levels by working with the Earth,
- access to pure hand-made food.
What we do and what we need:
At this point we are preparing an opening celebration party on the 1st of November`2020 and we need help. The most important task is to finish the Shared Garden-Mandala for which we are currently looking for help (this is an area for shared plant growing, as well as an area for training courses, workshops).
Here are the basic things we do:
> Wood processing - splitting, light sanding, scorching and impregnation;
> making planting beds and bean tеpеe;
> Collection of materials - branches, green plants, stones;
> We plant by sectors in the mandala;
> Drawing signs, art installations and various creative inspirations, are also welcome;
Since the design is ready, now we materialize it - it's fine work, we watch the symmetry, which is essential for a mandala.
We expect help from the morning till the afternoon - up to 5 hours a day.
At this point we need specifically a person or two, preferably hardworking and reliable persons, who know how to work with wood and constructions or to be really enthusiastic persons. It is strongly recommended to have one man, because it is a bit hands on help at some point, but could be a girl, too.
We like laughing and joy, as well as we are focused on the aim of implementing the project.
We also need help with some of the announcement among the community around- public relations matters and for preparing some events, workshops, flash mobs, some art projects, etc.
So if you are interesting in agriculture, open to learning, enriching and helping each other, if you are flexible, openminded, easygoing person who don`t bother of different type of changes and of course who share our principals, we will be glad to welcome you.
You will have the opportunity to live in a real environment of a Bulgarian family, to taste our hospitality, our delicious home-made Bulgarian cuisine and not only, to have fun, to feel the subculture and nightlife of Sofia (if you are attracted to it), to touch the uniquely beautiful nature of Bulgaria, particularly of Sofia and more.
We offer accommodation in an area quite near to the city center (by train is for about 10 min., by foot is about 30 min. and by bicycle* is about 15 min) and close to one of the biggest parks in Sofia. You would have an opportunity to live It is suitable for one, two people (if it is ok for you to share a room), preferably non- smoker, non- alcohol drinker, non- meat eater**.
*you can use a bicycle by prior arrangement.
**It is not a must, but since the garden is a smoking, alcohol, meat and drug free zone, so it would be nice to share these principals, but it is ok just not to do these things in the garden area.
The basis of the values of the garden are "pure food and pure relationships" :).
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Cultural expirience, Permaculture, Mandala gardening and creating, and more. Experience the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. Vitosha mountains nearby. Enjoy mineral and spring pools around the city. We provide a bicycle, too and some adventures if there is a desire.
At this point we need specifically a person or two, hardworking and reliable people, who know has experience with carpentry and constructions. A man, because it is hands on help at some point, could be a strong girl, too. We also need help with some of the announcement among the community around- public relations matters and for preparing some events, workshops, flash mobs, some art projects, etc.
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A room at our home, which is near the center, also next to the one of the biggest parks in Sofia - South park and Vitosha mountain. We provide food - could be groceries or cooked meals, depends of the period and how busy are we, but definitely we provide food.
We offer accommodation in an area quite near to the city center (by train is for about 10 min., by foot is about 30 min. and by bicycle* is about 15 min), close to one of the biggest parks in Sofia and also to Vitosha mountain. You can do an numerous things which our capital can offer.
*you can use a bicycle by prior arrangement.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
There is place for parking, but there is no water or electricity to use.
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week