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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 5
Persons: 1-4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 19927
Country: Romania

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Last Updated: April 2, 2013

Where we are:
Our farm is located in hilly region of Banat, in the original old czech village Ravensca. It was established by czech settlers in forests on the top of the hills only 18km from river Donau 200 years ago. People in the village, as they have lived here isolated, have kept the original old-czech habits, appearance and the way of life until nowadays. The village is dying very quickly, because all young have returned to Czech Republic looking for "easier life", mostly in factories in city-suburbs. Now there lives only 75 mostly very old but amazing and charming people in the village. The village has unique atmosphere and stunning views. Great place for hiking down to Danube valley or to other 4 czech villages in 100 km wide territory.

What is going on here:
We are building a self-sustainable small farm using alternative energy sources (wind turbine and pump, steam engine etc.) and permaculture principles in growing future food forest. We are building water retention system and underground greenhouse for whole year growing. We use mostly ecological building materials - wood, cob, straw-bales. We experiment with growing more than 300 species of vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, tobacco or anything, what is willing to grow with us. We are creating a "space of love", peace of land, where every tree, plant, animal and human being can fulfill their needs in abundance and harmony.

Description of volunteer activities:
Any kind of help is needed by: building, excavation, woodwork, building high flower beds, building and maintenance of water system, work in garden, harvesting, processing and preserveting plants (grown or wild). And hand in hand with all that work mainly sharing the magical genius loci of this place and joy of creating.

Volunteer accomodation varies depending on season and how many people is here. There is a room with 4 beds and bathroom, camping tends or place for own tends (shower, dry toilet), the hay in the barn... According to season and availability we can share with you delicious raw, vegan, vegetarian or, for meat eaters, kitchen of local grandmothers.

We are young open-minded couple, and friends coming to see us and help whole year round. Robin is funny guy with passion to any sustainable smart equipment, device or system, which make work and life easier. Natasa specializes in body and mind detoxification, nutrition of the body and spirit and healing. There are 7 cats and various friendly dogs living with us at the moment.

Work is determined by everyone's capabilities, skills and interests. We welcome and appreciate with open heart every help. You can come by bus from Prague or Brno (regular line every week from Czech Republic to Svata Helena, one of czech villages in Banat), or by plain or train to Timisoara, from where goes everyday bus to Bozovici or Dalboset, 30km far romanian villages, where we will pick you up by car. Or if there is a car and driver available, we could pick you up in Timisoara.

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