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All Year: april to october
Area (ha): 3.5
Persons: 1-2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 54122
Country: Switzerland

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Last Updated: October 3, 2017

***** We had a great time and made good experiences with Helpx and the helper that visited us. For this year we will not host any other helpers. See you in 2018. *****

Hello helpers

Help is needed in ecological house building, gardening and general housework. We are looking for motivated helpers from April to October, for a minimum two-week stay. We expect about half day of work (4 hours a day, weekend off) and help cleaning up after meals. Schedule may vary depending to the work needs and weather conditions.

We are a family of three, Isabel, Uli, and our son Isidro, age 6. We live in the district of Appenzell, Switzerland with a beautiful view of the Rhein Valley and the Austrian and Swiss mountains. We speak fluent German, Italian and French and some English, Czech and a bit of Spanish.

Our old farmhouse burned down in 2007; however, we started in 2013 with the construction of a new house, with a focus of using natural local materials such as wood, wool and clay. Since August 2016 we have been living in the house, however, it is still a work in progress. Our friends laugh and joke that it is “the best furnished construction site they have ever seen”.

We also started cultivating the garden (synergistic garden) and working the land. Next, we would like to start with back-yard animal husbandry, raise chicken and perhaps ducks. “Organic Farmstay" is still a long way off but we are on getting closer to this goal every day.

In future, we would love to use the house for workshops and symposiums, where people can meet, share ideas and enjoy our homegrown organic food.

We will provide you a huge bedroom with beautiful view (one whole floor, until the walls are constructed) to share with others, when present.
Bathroom, livingroom and kitchen is shared, so a little family involvement will be inevitable.
We are happy to share breakfast, lunch and dinner with you. We are not vegetarian but we eat rarely meat and mostly cook organic food. We also are open to new experiences, so knowledge of vegan cooking is welcome as well as traditional dishes from your home country.

We will enjoy helping you explore the local area and provide travel suggestions within Switzerland. It is a great location for nature, hiking and cycling. There is a bus stop next to our house and a train station about 4 km away, so you can travel easy by public transportation.

If you would like to help us with our new family farm, please email us your interest and availability.

We are looking forward to meet nice people from all around the world.

Hope to see you soon!
Isabel and Uli

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