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All Year: not winter
Area (ha): 0.5
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 5226
Country: Romania

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Last Updated: June 24, 2009

We are Douglas and Sara and we have a company here in Transilvania about low impact living. We have 3 small buildings in Huedin, Domos and Alunisu. We normally try to split our time between the three places, travelling by bicycle (furthest distance is about 7km). The land area we have is small about 5000m2 It is currently in conversion to organic production. What was formerly grassland is being turned into vegetable beds. It is hoped to eventually produce organic seeds. This summer the work will also involve building renovation, construction of compost toilets, fence building and other work necessary to make the land and buildings as environmentally-friendly as possible.
We try to live in a very sustainable way and only use natural materials for building work. Reduce, reuse, recycle is very much our motto
To come here you will need to have a tent and a sleeping bag and be prepared for pretty basic living conditions. We do not yet have a real bathroom, but have created a private area for washing using bowls and water from a stand pipe, heated on a stove.
We feel that the maximum number of volunteers we can have at any one time is 4 at the moment,and that the minimum length of stay is 2 weeks as it takes a while to get used to the pattern of life here. Two to three weeks seems to work well. The society here is traditional, for example nobody works on a Sunday and being a vegetarian is a very strange thing indeed for the locals. We are vegetarian, so all food prepared will be sourced as local as possible and will be vegetarian.
Huedin has a large Rroma community, Domos a large Hungarian community and Alunisu is about 50:50 Hungarian and Romanian.
We have a blog, see link above.

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