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All Year: april to october
Area (ha): 3.5
Persons: 1-3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 54122
Country: Switzerland

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Last Updated: August 14, 2018

Hello helpers

We are a family of three, Isabel, Uli, and our son Isidro, age 7. We live in the district of Appenzell, Switzerland with a beautiful view of the Rhein Valley and the Austrian and Swiss mountains. We speak fluent German, Italian and French and some English, Czech and a bit of Spanish.

Help is needed in ecological house building, gardening and general housework. We are looking for motivated helpers from April to October for about two-week stays. We expect half day of work, 4 hours a day, weekend off. Schedule may vary depending to the work needs and weather conditions.

Our old farmhouse burned down in 2007; however, we started in 2013 with the construction of a new house, with a focus of using natural local materials such as wood, wool and clay. Since August 2016 we have been living in the house, however, it is still a work in progress. Our friends laugh and joke that it is “the best furnished construction site they have ever seen”.

We also started cultivating the garden (synergistic garden) and working the land. Next, we would like to start with back-yard animal husbandry, raise chicken and perhaps ducks. “Organic Farmstay" is still a long way off but we are on getting closer to this goal every day. In future, we would love to use the house for workshops and symposiums, where people can meet, share ideas and enjoy our homegrown organic food.

We will provide you a bedroom with beautiful view.
Bathroom, livingroom and kitchen is shared, so a little family involvement will be inevitable.
We are happy to share breakfast, lunch and dinner with you. We are not vegetarian but we eat rarely meat and mostly cook organic food. We enjoy new experiences, so knowledge of vegan cooking is welcome as well as traditional dishes from your home country.

We will enjoy helping you explore the local area and provide travel suggestions within Switzerland. It is a great location for nature, hiking and cycling. There is a bus stop next to our house and a train station about 4 km away, so you can travel easy by public transportation.

If you would like to help us with our new family farm, please email us your interest and availability.


For this year we have space to welcome you in the periods of

4.6. - 15.7.2018
27.8 - 9.9.2018
24.9 - 14.10.2018


We are looking forward to meet nice people from all around the world!

Hope to see you soon
Isabel and Uli

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