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Brakel
All Year: closed from 1/1 to 28/2
Area (ha): 4
Persons: 7
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 18949
Country: Belgium

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Last Updated: August 11, 2017

Boskanter is:
- a co-housing project with Dirk and Ine with their two girls aged 6 and 8 and with Kuba from Poland and Peter from Belgium
- homeschooling (unschooling) the kids
- small bakery with organic sourdough bread
- organic farmer David using our field
- a non-profit organisation, inspiring people to live less dependent of fossil fuels by letting them ‘taste’, learn and exchange
- Permaculture way of gardening
- sympathy for transition towns movement
- heating and cooking on self-made rocket stoves
- working with home made loam, tadelact and natural paints
- orchard, forest and field, surrounded by nature
- remote (far from any big city)
- two dogs, two cats, some chicken
- some sheep (sometimes lambs) (sometimes sheep milk)
- one draft hors, old and retired, but could still work a bit, some ideas about natural horsemanship and natural horse management
- a workplace, a sewing atelier, equipment and support for making wooden spoons, carving letter in stone and wood
- chopping wood, getting wood out of the forest, clearing the forest from brambles, planting trees
- making (mainly vegetarian) food en preserving the harvest
- repair café and other community projects from time to time
- compost toilets
- in de ‘Vlaamse Ardennen’, hilly countryside, close to the forest of Brakel
- easily reached with public transport every hour (bus to Zottegem or Ronse, there train to Brussels or Ghent)

We appreciate some independence from the volunteers. Also taking initiative is appreciated, as long as it is communicated.

We work with long-term and short term volunteers.
Short term volunteers are welcome from may till august. Language is English. Their main jobs are
- help cooking
- cleaning, compost toilets, …
- work in the forest (cut brambles, bring wood logs up the hill)
- help in the garden (when needed), weeding, mulching
- clean the bakery
- play games with the kids
- help with projects such as wall building, fencing, bringing in the hay, make constructions for the berries, repair café, …
Long term volunteers stay at least two months. They want to learn Dutch or speak Dutch. We take more time to teach them some skills so they can also help with:
- heating the rocket stoves
- organise cooking
- gardening
- scything
- teaching the kids
- taking care of the animals
- chop and organise firewood
- construction work
- learn to make wooden spoons, bread, baskets, …

We plan activities short beforehand, depending on the weather, the kids, opportunities we get, ideas brought in by the volunteers and the advancement of our planning. To organise this, we have a little meeting every morning at 8h00. We don't organise work in the week-end, but volunteers who know what to do can stay and even work during the weekend.

The volunteers share a kitchen and a dormitory. You can also sleep in a tent. We provide mattresses, blankets, pillows and sheets (unless you stay one week or less). There is an intense contact with the co-housers who, most often, share the meals with the volunteers. There are only outdoor showers/washing places. Hot water is from the sun or the stove. We have only compost toilets. There is internet (WIFI) and a slow computer. There is basic local or/and organic and some skipped food. We cook mainly vegetarian.

No visiting dogs allowed.

We are non-smokers; be aware, if you are smoker, that there are no indoor places where you can smoke and there's only one smoker area outside. We prefer that volunteers don't smoke during their stay on Boskanter.

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