Area (ha): 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 18949
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Last Updated: February 28, 2018
~ ABOUT BOSKANTER ~
We are an educational non-profit that wants to inspire people to become less dependent on fossil fuels by taking life into their own hands. We do this with a number of ecological projects and by creating a place where we can share knowledge through workshops and activities.
- We bake sourdough bread in a wood-fired masonry oven for local people.
- From time to time we organise workshops about baking bread, working with clay from your own soil, making and using natural paints, and building rocket stoves and mass heaters.
- And there are regular activities here, such as Repair Cafť at which people help each other with repairs, and the Pizzeria where locals meet, and enjoy delicious pizza.
People & animals youíll find here: the owners, Ine & Dirk, and their two young daughters, Hazel & Sienna; a fluctuating number of volunteers; two dogs and two cats; a handful of chickens an sheep; and a somewhat fat horse. :D
Youíre welcome to come volunteer here and experience how we live more sustainably and self-sufficiently (if we expect you'll more or less fit in). But we prefer volunteers who initially plan to stay for around two months or longer, firstly because lots of explanations and instructions need to be given to new volunteers, and secondly so you really get a chance to integrate and get involved with Boskanter. Your duration of stay is not set in stone, of course. It can be cut short if things donít go well or something unforeseen comes up.
(Lots more can be told about us than in described on this profile. Thatís because things quickly change and it really depends on when you happen to be here. But youíre welcome to ask us for more detailed and current information.)
~ WORK ~
A big part of the general day to day work consists of gardening (planting, weeding, scything, harvesting, mulching and caring for plants), and other jobs that are part of this way of life, such as managing the firewood.
Depending on your interests and when youíre here, there may also be the possibility to get involved with / learn about:
- animal care
- crafting and selling artisanal products (woodworking, wool-spinning, basketry, etc.)
- food conservation (making jams and chutneys, pickling, fermenting, drying)
- engaging the kids in activities on their level
- ecological construction methods
- building rocket stoves and mass heaters
- marketing and communication
- baking sourdough bread
- and plenty of other stuff!
You can learn a lot here, if you want to. Some initiative from you part will come in handy, though, since we donít know what you want to learn. :]
~ ACCOMMODATION ~
The volunteers are accommodated in the used-to-be-barn. The accommodation is very basic (but cozy enough):
- Often only the kitchen is heated. The two bedrooms and dormitory are not. But we have plenty of blankets and warm water bottles for wintertime. Other bedding is available as well.
- We also have a few tents for you to sleep in, when the weather allows it.
- There is wifi, though, and an old pc.
- We mainly cook vegetarian with seasonal produce (ďseasonal produceĒ means that sometimes there's not a lot of variety).
- If you canít go without a hot shower or donít want to deal with compost toilets, this place is not for you.
- Smoking inside is not allowed, and we prefer our volunteers not to smoke at all during their stay.
~ LOCATION ~
The Flemish Ardennes is one of the most beautifull regions in Flanders, with a hilly and often surprising landscape.
The place is easily reached with public transportation. A 10 min walk will take you to a bus stop, which will take you to a train station, which can take you directly to Brussels and Gent.