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All Year: June-August
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 1-3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 59878
Country: Estonia

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Last Updated: August 29, 2017

Hi, tere-tere !
We are a french couple, living in South Estonia. We own 2 hectares land hidden in the forest. At home, nature is wild : we are surrounded by trees and animals. We live, since september 2016, in our wood cabin. We also have : traditional wood chalet ("Ait", in estonian), old rock stable, sauna (both need repairs), small pound, grassland. Our green island is reliving, after 25 years without nobody.

Our plan is to develop, to reclaim and to protect this environment thanks to permaculture philosophy and technics. We try to limit thermic tools, for example, or to recycle anything we have. We wish to be self-sufficient as soon as possible.

We work at home, organizing our time between animals (2 geese, 4 ducks, 8 chickens, 1 lamb, 2 dogs and a cat), gardening, managing house and managing land.

Our way of life is a little bit old fashioned : firewood lifestyle and no running water. But we have electricity, super powerful Wifi and many cute spots to camp.

What about our summer projects ? Prepare winter, which yes, is definitely coming : finish the garden, dig a new well, repair our house, to limit energetic leaks, pick fruits and berries, and many other wonderful tasks.

We host volunteers with or without technical skills to help us with around
- the new well (project will be managed by us and a professional estonian water diviner. You will provide extra help around the hole)
- the garden (keeping and picking)
- the land (scything or treamming for example)
- the buildings (masonry, create outdoor cob oven for example)
We host goodwill, skills or apprentices. What does matter for us ? Your energy, your motivation, your ability to exchange knowledges, your creativity, your wish to live differently !

Volunteers sleep under tent. You choose your favorite location ; we provide sleeping equipment, and 3 meals a day with us (french cooking !!). We wish to propose you next time better conditions & confort, like sleeping under pütskoda (traditional estonian tipi) or in a wood cabin.
Our home will be yours during your stay. We hope to share more than working session ! We also propose (if you are interested in !) some kind of workshop around our hobbies & knowledges : gardening, farming, basketery, french cooking… You will probably pick wild fruits and mushrooms during your stay, pickings we will transform and taste all together (jams, juices and cie…).

We live in the middle of the woods(closer cities are Räpina 18km and Mooste 12km) : perfect location to learn more about northern european nature (plants and animal). Maybe will you sight a bear… ?

We experiment a lot, and try to find our own solution adapted to our environment and our wishes. We are happy to share our knowledges with you (and mistakes of course). We are also interested in yours...
We choosed to live differently, to got time to create or own way of life. So, people with same dreams, curious to see how it works and to participate, welcome home !
Plus, we are not alone in Estonian. Our estonian friends will be delighted to show you their culture and their traditions.

What else ? So, we definitely need extra helpers ! Nature lovers, handy or resourceful people : welcome ! And thanks a lot for your precious help !

Élie + Clarisse

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