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Omiš
All Year: From 15 July 2017...
Area (ha):
Persons: 6
Category: Other
Host ID: 60440
Country: Croatia

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Last Updated: September 6, 2017

Greetings, Helpers!

Myself and my soon to be wife Ava, both welcome you to Dalmatia county and invite you to join our humble project to convert an old greenhouse to a hydroponic garden, you will be provided with accommodation and the very basic food throughout your stay.
We live in an old dalmatian stone house next to a forest in a small town called Srinjine, located between two very popular tourist cities in Croatia, the city of Split and Omiš. Both cities are extremely beautiful places to visit despite them being very touristy, they have numerous hidden gems and local attractions which we always happily reveal to our guests.

Even though us and yourself/s will be staying in Srinjine and will periodically work/clean around the house, the focus of our project will be in a tiny village of Ostrvica located near Omiš, where we will with your help revive an old inactive greenhouse, and grow diverse crops of vegetables in the near future, which will feed both us and our future project to build our own off-grid eco village nearby.

ABOUT US:

I am 30 years old and she is 26, we are Ivan and Ava, an artistic couple that is very laid back and likes to enjoy the small things in life, we are lacto-ovo vegetarians, don't smoke and drink very rarely.
We mostly like to enjoy the outdoors, like to hike, go to the beaches, visit forests, and enjoy a good company when we can. In my free time I compose and produce music and Ava paints and does various crafting. You will find us very sincere and open, always interested to hear everyone's story and get to know people like we did with so many of our guests that we welcomed and hosted in the past via csurfing.

Notice:
WE ARE CURRENTLY STILL AT THE FIRST PHASE OF OUR PROJECT DUE TO THE FIRES AND HEATWAVES THAT STRUCK OUR REGION IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS, WORK IS STILL PHYSICAL (DIGGING, TRANSPORTING) SO WE ARE LOOKING FOR STRONGER AND FIT PEOPLE THAT ARE USED TO A PHYSICAL WORK UNTIL THE FIRST PHASE IS FINISHED
Also it is a big plus for us if someone with a van or a larger car arrives so it is easier for us to go from A to B but it is not a requirement

ALLERGY NOTICE!!!
We live with a couple of animals so mind your allergies, indoors there is a cat Opal and a dog Mithra, we have couple of outdoor cats that we love very much but try to keep them from invading and raiding our house.

WHAT KIND OF WORK CAN YOU EXPECT TO DO:

(CURRENT PHASE)
- Soil transportation, leveling the soil before the greenhouse construction
- Cleaning the sheds, dig and transport the soil with the wheelbarrow
- Cleaning in, and around the house
- Cooking for yourself and other helpers

(T.B.A...)
- Plowing the earth with the motor plow and preparing the soil for the winter greens outside the greenhouse
- Help installing the plastic sheeting and covering for the greenhouse
- You will do watering, weeding and mulching in the area within the greenhouse
- Planting, transporting and taking care of the seedlings (both soil and hydro)

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM YOU AS OUR GUEST:

- Fluent English
(we are sorry but in our experience it is very counterproductive to have helpers not fluent in English)
- Communication between us and other helpers
(listen to what you are being told from both us and others, team work is really important)
- No keeping to yourself
(we are sharing a house together nor us or you want to have bad communication throughout your stay)
- Dynamic behavior and acclimatization to change of plans
(no matter what it says in our profile we cannot promise everything to go accordingly to the plans)

Attention:
MORE DETAILS ON OUR PROJECT AND IT'S PHASES IN THE END OF OUR PROFILE PAGE

ACCOMMODATION:

In our house there are two spacious rooms available for our guests, with two single beds downstairs, and 2 large mattresses and a single bed upstairs. We can host up to 6 people. Wifi is available and you can use our laptop for networking and skyping.
House that we live in was partially renovated two decades ago, it has everything a normal house has, it just lacks aesthetic appeal and fully functional doors and windows, there is a crack here and a squeaky dysfunctional old door and window there, but it's perfectly livable and comfortable.

You will be provided with the very basic vegetarian food like, vegetables, pasta, rice, beans, lentils and flour to cook meals and bake bread in the breadmaker for yourself and/or other helpers, other food you want (i.e deserts, meat, eggs, wine, yogurt, extra milk and butter, nuts...) you will buy for yourself. You can freely cook for yourself and take any food you are presented n the kitchen that we bought for our guests, you can also cook non-vegetarian meals for yourself in our house.

We do not possess any vehicles, so we are unable to give you any transport backup, we will arrange transport and pay for the gasoline only from our house to the place where we will all work together, anything else you will pay yourself or, chip in with the rest of us.

CULTURAL EXCHANGE:

Dalmatia is known for its incredible dishes and traditional delicacies so you will have a chance to taste many varieties of the local foods and beverages in your own free time around our region, we are more than happy to advise you where to eat and even help you cook the best and the most authentic food that originated within our region.
On both our and your free time you can expect us to be your personal tour guides, we will truly always help you as much as we can, and with pleasure.

We will show you the most beautiful places in our region, some of them being the river Cetina, fortresses Fortica and Mirabella, Marjan park, Slavinj and Brzet beach, a view from Mila Gojsalic statue, St. Domnius cathedral, Mosor and Biokovo mountain and many places not as popular as these, but equally mesmerizing, some better even...
We will show you and explain to you how the people are living now, and how they lived before in Dalmatia.
We will provide you with all the necessary information, so you can enjoy your personal time, i.e. the nightlife of Split, rafting or zip-lining over river Cetina, short trips to our incredible islands of , Korcula, Brac, Vis, Šolta, Hvar etc...,

On your time off you are free to do anything you want, we have no expectations from you, freely enjoy anything you've planned for yourself, and ask us if you need any help with anything, i.e. directions, advice or a favor. If you want us to take you somewhere we will be more than happy to spend the time with you and our other guests and show you around the region, both me and Ava go to the beach and river often and you are welcome to join us whenever we go.
There is numerous places and local sights to visit, and a good nightlife in Split. Clubs and festivals get alive during the summers, some of them being Ultra Europe, Goulash Disco on Vis island, Moondance festival in Trogir and a variety of electronic festivals all throughout the Dalmatian coast.
Local buses go through Srinjine every hour or so, and there is 35min bus ride to either Split or Omiš. Avarage bus fares are 2€ one direction.

MORE DETAILS ON OUR PROJECT:

First phase of our project will be to remove the soil from the raised beds in the greenhouse and transport it around the greenhouse to level the earth for the hydroponic pools, afterwards when that phase is finished we will lay plastic sheets to create a simple hydroponic pools.

After we are finished with the greenhouse we will start to build a small eco house nearby with the natural materials (most probably straw-bale technique) whilst also taking care of the greenhouse.
Below you can see our plans, the dates are not fixed and it all depends how much work can be done or will we change the plans along the way, but for now this are our primary goals.

DUE TO FIRES AND HEATWAVES IN OUR REGION WE ARE FAR BEHIND THE SCHEDULE WE'VE MADE
We are still on the first phase

- Cleaning piled up things in sheds and parts of the area around the house in Srinjine
- Reconstruction of the greenhouse in Ostrvica, Omiš
(Soil transportation, hydroponic pool construction, plastic sheet application)

AFTERWARDS
- Sowing various vegetables in the soil and hydroponic pools
- Greenhouse maintenance and seedling transplants to hydroponic pools
- First phase of the eco house building (gravel foundation, logistics, digging)
- Plowing the earth in the vicinity of the greenhouse
(preparing the soil for the winter kale and garlic)

- Greenhouse maintenance and seedling transplants to hydroponic pools
- Second phase of the eco house building (clay plastering, roof construction)
- Sowing the winter kale and garlic

- Greenhouse maintenance and seedling transplants to hydroponic pools
- Last phases of the straw-bale house building (roof enforcement, last layers of plastering, coloring)

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