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All Year: From January 2014
Area (ha): about half an acre
Persons: 2 or 3
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 19234
Country: Bulgaria

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Last Updated: February 10, 2018

We are unable to accept volunteers now until June 2015. Some exciting projects coming up then, details will be posted soon !

I have a small house with land near Chirpan, where I plan to create a permaculture smallholding and centre for retreats and courses. The house is solid but needing lots of work; there are loads of outbuildings; the land is in good condition and hasn't been used for years.
I'm looking for enthusiastic people with a sense of adventure to help me make this happen. This is an opportunity to be part of an exciting project from the beginning. Experience is always good but not essential.
Over the winter of 2012-3, most of one of the outbuildings attached to the house has fallen down, so I am especially looking for people with strong building experience, even better if it's with stone and timber.
Other than that, my first tasks for spring 2013 will be to finish building a compost toilet, solar shower and field kitchen, as well as clearing a small amount of land to get some food growing. Then renovating the house and outbuildings and working on the rest of the land. I want to use natural, sustainable and local materials as much as possible, or locally reclaimed.
I am a permaculture designer just starting out on my diploma, and have experience of growing food on an allotment in the UK. I have renovated an old cottage in the UK using mostly reclaimed materials and have some practical experience and more knowledge.
There will be a sheltered spot for camping near the house, or you are welcome to camp out in the house itself if there's no building work going on. I may be able to provide a tent or two. Washing facilities will be very basic. The standard of accommodation and facilities will improve as the project progresses. Food will be vegetarian or vegan, and I would prefer non smokers. It would be nice to share the cooking so we can enjoy a wider range of cuisines. Cooking will be in a basic field kitchen using camping stoves, rocket stoves, hay boxes, or an open fire.
What else ...
If you need a high level of creature comforts this is unlikely to suit you, and definitely not in the first year!!

***Update 19 April 2013*** compost toilet now set up, have also been clearing land for grapevine and goji berry cuttings to be transplanted, and started clearing away the barn that fell down last winter. Next week I'll be building the compost heap, setting up the summer kitchen, and clearing more land to get seeds sown. Come and join me!

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