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Kerken
All Year: Sept-Nov 2017
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 1-3
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 19912
Country: Germany

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Last Updated: July 10, 2017

!!! Please read this profile till the last sentence - not only the pictures count - there is a password question in it !!!

We (age 47&50) live on an old farmstay in the area of the Niederrhein in the west of Germany with our two Children (13+15 years old). If you look up our website - it is in german but you get the idea - you will find many pictures of our activities.

Why helpx? As we have animals and plants to care for, we do not have often the opportunity to travel. But we are interestet in the world, different countries and people. We like to have people here from all over the world and like the exchange with them. We had helpers from 19 to 78 years old - there is experience and work for everybody who is openminded, willing to learn or teach us new things and abilities. We like to talk to you and hear from your homecountry!

We have a vegetable garden, a fruit garden with 20 fruit trees, approx 25 chicken and 14 sheep for our own "use". Additionally we offer seminars and courses in wool spinning, bread baking, basket weaving and other old handicrafts which are particularly close to our hearts.

As our historic farmhouse has been neglected for 3 generations, we have a lot of renovation work!

We like to have guests and need help in the green, with renovation and reworking things!!
Plans and tasks for 2017:
- we need help in the vegetable-garden
- building a studio for our Musicians on the old hayloft
- improving Helper Area + Seminar Room
- repairing/building new Fences
- water + electrical wiring
- roof repair
- laying stones outside
- in autum the fruit harvest and lots of work in kitchen freezing and canning the fruits.
- Taking care for our new "Urban Gardening" Project - we rent out prepare vegetable Gardens for a season.

Additionally we would be very happy about a carpenter or other woodworker, who could help us to fix the roof timbering of the historic barn and stables. They are worth to be saved!

We expect a minimum of 4-5 hours a day help - a lot of work we do ourselves but which works better by two or more people... and a minimum stay here of two or better more weeks. Exceptions are made.
You will have your private room and a shared bathroom - and we have the meals together! We love to cook with seasonal vegetables and regional meat. And we love to enjoy meals from your homecountry cooked by you!

The journey to us:
The trainstation KERKEN-NIEUKERK to Duesseldorf/Kleve is 2km away, Venlo (NL) 16km, Krefeld 20km, Duisburg 30km. Twenty Minutes by car to the Airports DUS (Duesseldorf) or NRN (Weeze).
Wireless-Internet , Computer and Bikes (ten minutes to the village/shops/supermarkets) are available.

See you soon?!?

Please read:
- Please suggest a date and a duration for your stay in your first Email !
- Check that your profile/email says something about you and what is your motivation to be a helper !
- Do you have specialties in nutrition (vegan, vegetarian, no nuts...), allergies, religion or whatever ?
(Vegans: We live with our animals, we also eat them sometimes. Our Livestyle is not compatible with Vegans who cannot even pet an animal (dog, cat, horse))
- Read the text behind the second link (WEB2) in our profile and write the name of our dog as the passwort in your Email !

- We are not taking over your mothers responsibilities.
- We expect helpers to help us.
- We do not offer free mental therapy. We are not a hostel.
- Contrary to the last sentences, many former helpers came back on free will a few times...

:o)

reviews (17)
Helper: Julia and Roberto Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Brazil Date: July 13, 2016
We spent 2 weeks at the Halshof farmstay and would have stayed longer if we c... view complete review

Helper: Yao Cheng Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: May 23, 2016
I spent 9 days with the Welters family and it was really amazing. This was my... view complete review

Helper: Barbara Southcott Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: May 5, 2016
I spent three very interesting weeks at Hilshof and learnt a whole lot on how... view complete review

Helper: Trey and Loren Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: May 17, 2015
We stayed at Hilshof for just over three weeks in March and it was a good exp... view complete review

Helper: Alisa Klein Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 2, 2015
this Helpx-experience was my first one and I had a good time staying for two ... view complete review

Helper: Hung-ta and Hsiao-ju Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: July 30, 2014
The two weeks we stayed in Hilshof is so great and wonderful time. We enjoyed... view complete review

Helper: Hung-ta and Hsiao-ju Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: July 30, 2014
The two weeks we stayed in Hilshof is so great and wonderful time. We enjoyed... view complete review

Helper: Momoko ishii Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Japan Date: July 18, 2014
I spent 2 months (May & June) include "Wool festival." It was one of most gr... view complete review

Helper: Emma Heron Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 17, 2014
I stayed at Hilshof with Sacha and Markus for 3 weeks but I wish I could have... view complete review

Helper: Julia Gravendyck Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: July 5, 2014
I stayed with Sacha and Markus in Spring and in preparation for a wool festiv... view complete review

Helper: Cordelia Dravitzki Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: April 22, 2014
Hello my dear friends! I spent a happy, sunny month at Hilshof with Sacha,... view complete review

Helper: Néstor Rodríguez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Cuba Date: December 31, 2013
.First of all, THANKS VERY MUCH FAMILY.. I felt really well during this time.... view complete review

Helper: Rebecca and Garrison Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: November 3, 2013
We spent 2 weeks with Sacha, Markus, Oskar and Gefion in September/October. ... view complete review

Helper: Janis and Robert Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 18, 2013
We had a great time with the fruit harvest and other tasks. This was my first... view complete review

Helper: Phoebe Chen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: August 4, 2013
Makus and Sacha are kind, sweet, noticing health, and loving hand-made parent... view complete review

Helper: John and Linda Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: July 1, 2013
Markus and Sacha are relaxed, friendly, cheerful, caring hosts, and we spent ... view complete review

Helper: Kasper Stevenson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Denmark Date: April 29, 2013
I had a great time with Markus and family. They are a great family who really... view complete review

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