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Lužná u Vsetína
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2.5
Persons: up to 6
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 13077
Country: Czech Republic

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Last Updated: October 14, 2017

MISSION OCTOBER: The harvest time is here over! All the apples and pumpkins are stored. Its time to get us ready for vinter. We will be heading to the repair jobs of all kind: repairing and extending fences, demolishing the old oven, insulating floors, painting windows altogether dirty jobs. We work outside even in bad weather:) We will still make some marmelades, chutneys, compotes. We need to build up our wood suply for winter. All the passionate wood choppers welcome:) Extra hand would be helpful. It is the end of cheese making season we will milk our goats max till the end of November, depending on their mood:)
NATURAL LAKE PROJECT: we are going to extend our lake so we could swim in it. Digging mud is for sure a lot of fun:)
DURING THE AUTUMN:
Harvesting fruits and pumkins from our garden. Making juice, marmelades, chutneys. Inside construction jobs, insulating, carpentary jobs and working with wood. Cheese making season is comming to the end but we need to make animals ready for the winter and clean out the dung out of the stay. Regular opportunity for excercise: chopping wood:)

ALWAYS LOOKING FOR CHEERFUL PEOPLE WHO WANT TO MAKE PRACTICAL USE OF THEIR HANDS AND LEARN ABOUT ALL THINGS SELF-SUFFICIENT. WE HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

We are a small farm with big ideas. We run this place as an open house and from spring onwards routinely have a larger crew of family, friends and volunteers staying here. Working together, learning from each other and also celebrating. If you are interested in coming please contact us. We would like to hear from you. Our core activities are

Permaculture gardens, wild herbs, orchards and animals
The bottom line is that we are pretty lazy gardeners and rather than forcing our ideas onto nature we let things grow, go into seed and come back the next year. The result is a diverse and happy mix of veggies that does pretty well without any spraying and for most of the time little work. We have goats, sheep and want to get chicken, rabbits, a pig and a donkey would be great. There is a large range of wild herbs we collect for teas, oils and tinctures and would like to develop this subject more.

Building and repairing
We work with wood, clay, lime, sawdust, stones, cement, glass bottles and metal. We do cob building, glass bottle walls, woodworking, ovens and rocket stoves, basic 12 V DC electrics and solar panels, chainsaw and generator maintenance, hay insulation, exposed stone technique and waterscaping. We are constantly experimenting and trying to improve and have plenty of space for new ideas.

Household, cooking, food preservation and storage
Probably the single most important part of the farm: the kitchen. Daily cooking, quiet a challenge for up to 10 people in the summer at times, and keeping the place clean is a job unto itself already and help is always needed here. Depending on the season we make cheese, marmelade, syrups, dried fruits, compots and sauerkraut. We ferment fruits for alcohol, make wines, smoke meat, dry herbs and store the autumn harvest. If you want to learn about these things here's your chance.

Our farm in between the forests is above the village of Luzna in the eastern Czech Republic. It's a 15 minutes walk to the village and half an hour by bus to Vsetin. The place is isolated but the view and nature are stunning. If you enjoy the simple life, being outdoors, campfires and plenty of activity this might be just right for you.
It is a project in progress and so far living conditions are still simple. Electricity is from solar panels and a torch is a must. Heating from a wood stoves only and water is from our own well and only cold.
The volunteer accommodation is last years big achievements. We now have the attic insulated complete with oven and even a carpet :). Outside is place for tents, our tipi, a fireplace, the beginnings of an outside kitchen, a shower and our loo and panoramic too :)
We normally cook and eat together getting a lot of food from our own garden and animals. Household and farm chores like keeping things clean and tidy, helping in the kitchen, taking out ash and compost, collecting firewood, washing dishes, feeding cat, getting water and hay to the animals and milking the goats are part of the daily routine and everybody has to pitch in.

We are happy to welcome you on for a weekend or the entire season but please understand that we are a very busy farm and not a place for idle hands. We have a strong emphasis on open structures and try to organize the work as a communal effort giving everybody a chance to develop and share their ideas and skills.

As of 2017 both Anna and myself are working part-time. On the down-side this means less time on the farm for us but it does provide badly needed funding. On the up side this is an exciting opportunity for volunteers to develop own projects, share skills and organize themselves, the work and the place on their own. In short operate as a community rather than a traditional host-volunteer relationship.

About us: Us that is Anna, an experienced gardener, great cook and the heart and soul of our little household, Jakub our four year old son and David a travelling van dweller and builder turned farmer and father.

Cheers and looking forward to see you

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