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All Year: February to December
Area (ha): 0.7
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 32929
Country: Bulgaria

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Last Updated: March 11, 2016

Hello ! My name is Rodo and I'm a 50 yo French man. I'm living in Bulgaria, in the village of Hotnitsa near the town of Veliko Tarnovo. I'm an organic vegetable producer. I'm producing all kind of vegetables and fruits but I'm specializing in pink tomatoes and hot chili peppers. I need help to work my 6000 sq/m land.

There are 3 dogs and plenty of cats and together we are a family. So if you don't like animals, this place is probably not for you.

I am a vegan and the house is vegan. This means no meat/fish/milk/cheese/eggs. Just vegetables, fruits and cereals. And trust me, vegan food can be wonderful ! If you want to eat meat and other animal food there are 2 cafes in the village which you can feed yourself at.

The work depends on the season:

Spring: preparing the seedlings, preparing the soil, sowing seeds, harvesting, etc.

Summer: weeding the garden, planting more stuff, harvesting, watering the crops.

Autumn: harvesting, preparing the soil for next season, spreading manure, sowing winter crops, maintenance of the property, tree pruning, etc.

The accommodation is in a completely separate house (the one on the photos) just for volunteers. Two bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and external long drop, non-flush toilet. The kitchen has a gas stove, sink and fridge, the inside bathroom has a hot water sink and shower. The toilet however is outside about 20 meters from the house.
The bedrooms have the capacity to sleep up to 4 people. The bedrooms are furnished in traditional Bulgarian ways. The bedrooms are heated with a wood stove.

Smokers are asked to not smoke inside the house but on the balcony or in the garden.

The village is small, about 200 inhabitants, it has 2 small grocery shops, 2 cafes and a post office.

15 kms away from the village is the town of Veliko Tarnovo. It is the old medieval capital and has a number of touristic sites, cafes, restaurants, bars and live music venues as well as a couple of night clubs. There is a limited bus service from the village to the town and a taxi home at night costs about 7 euro.

2kms from the house is a beautiful waterfall and eco trail. There is also the opportunity in the local area to go rock climbing.

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