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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.5 hectares
Persons: 5
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 8509
Country: Belgium

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Last Updated: November 10, 2014

We are located in one of the most urbanized areas of the world: Flanders, Belgium. 50% of Flanders is concrete. Our mission is to renaturalize these ecological wastelands. We turn grey into Green! If you want to give us a helping hand on this mission, we welcome you with open arms... We grow our food organically, small scale, we try to live as self sufficient as possible, we are vegetarians. We speak Dutch, French and English. We are a young couple. We started our organization only 5 years ago and we are in full development. At this moment we mostly set up ecological food forests, green roofs and wildlife gardens in the neighbourhood and make our own house step-by-step more self-sustaining. Final goal is to live completely off grid in this urbanised environment.
We frequently do experimental building/gardening workshops in and around our house as well as on other places.
As a volunteer you can help us with the these workshops and the preparation of it, as well as with everyday life on our quest to self-sufficiency. The goal of this way of working is worldwide exchange of knowledge and experiences and supporting the worldwide transition movement.


Let us know which projects that interest you and when you would like to come over. We prefer long term helpers (min 3 weeks) that commit themselves to complete a whole project together with us.

People who like to be creative and love gardening and being outside, are more than welcome. We appreciate and value every input from your side.

It is possible that for some jobs you have to use power tools or climb on roofs or in trees. So you will need an volunteer insurance if you wish to join us. (check out your work-exchange organization for the best type of insurance).
However, we will NEVER force you to do any job that you don't want to do.

In return you can live for free in our fully equipped attic, with 2 double beds and 1 single bed. It is always possible that you have to share the attic with other volunteers. There's also a private bedroom available. The max amount of people is limited to 3 individuals or 2 couples.

We like to eat good and tasty organic food and enjoy our lunches and dinners. Everyday we're at home you can join our delicious vegetarian meals. Most food is made of the vegetables we grow ourselves, or of what we get from local exchange programs. All our food is organic. You can also use the kitchen if you want to prepare something for yourself. We have an outdoor cob pizza oven, called the 'Taniwah', so maybe you can join us on one of our famous summer pizza parties.

Check out our website and blog for more info and pictures.

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