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All Year: 2020 May to October
Area (ha): 1,5
Persons: max 5
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 87171
Country: Germany

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Last Updated: February 2, 2020

Hello, we are a small organic wine and fruit farm in the South of Germany, run by a middle aged couple (Monika and Sven) since 2008. Our products are spirits from our fruit that are produced in our distillery (we were awarded "best distillery of the state"), wine and honey from our bees. Also we organise wine tastings and group events. Lately we added a little craft beer brewery and we open our beer garden three times a week in the months May, June and July.

The more than 200 year old farm is situated in a small village and the people in the village are very interested in getting to know our volunteers. The next town with train station and all kind of shops is only 4km away. It's a very beautiful area with many things to do and to see, nice landscape like the Tauber and Main valleys, beautiful old towns like Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Weikersheim and Würzburg are close with a lot to discover. Bikes for the volunteers are available. If you can not cycle at all, you are quite stuck here, it's not a place for you.

In summer a few lakes just round the corner invite you to go swimming.

If you are interested in German language you can practice, if you don't care about the language, it's fine with us. We are quite fluent in English and as we have several volunteers at a time the daily language is English.

We know how volunteers think and what volunteers expect, as we like to volunteer in the wintertime ourselves. We are new on this plattform and have no feedbacks jet, but with another volunteer programms we have more than 130 "excellent" feedbacks.

We don't have pets or children, not because we don't like them, it's just, we don't have the time. But there are enough kids, cats and horses in the neighborhood to play with if you like.

We ask volunteers to stay at least 3 weeks, else it's too much in and out and too much time wasted for explaining. In very busy times (i.e. beginning of October) we might make exceptions.

There's almost always something to do in the vineyard. If you want (and only if you want) you can help with the bees (we don't make anybody help with bees who is scared of them, just tell us) or bake bread with Monika.

The weather here is moderate, it's not too hot in summer. If the weather is bad botteling and labeling of spirits, beer and wine can be done, as well as construction in the house. Else most of the work is outside. Please consider, some days are cooler, others warmer. If you tend to freeze, bring some cloths, if you're sensitive to sun, bring a hat and sun screen. Some people need water all the time, then take a bottle with you when we go to the vineyard. It seems we are quite used to this life, so we don't think for you about all the things all the time.

It is a farm, but it is not physically hard work, so suitable also for women. But you have to be a bit fit, bring some decent shoes (in spring and fall waterproof boots) and older clothes that are allowed to get dirty. There is a pile of used cloths now you can use, too.

We usually start at 10:00 and work until 4pm with a ~1h lunch break (5 hours a day, 5 days a week or 6 hours a day 4 day a week, depending on our needs). Volunteers usually have weekends off. If we have to host a group, we might ask you to shift your free days. Volunteers prepare their own breakfast and dinner (we provide you with all you need), on workdays we all have lunch together.

Weekends off for volunteers also means weekends off for the host (very often we are at markets during weekends to sell our products). So communication on weekends might be slow and pick up and drop off at the station during weekends needs to be discussed with us in advance.

If you are very creative, there are many projects you can do: design/paint the new volunteers flat, the garden and the patio in front of it, renovate old furniture, decoration, building ... this house is full of opportunities.

We have to plan the rooms and the tasks of the volunteers as we want you to have a pleasant stay here. IF YOU MAKE A RESERVATION WITH US WE ALSO EXPECT YOU TO SHOW UP! In case your plans change, please let us know asap. Before arrival, please let us know a few days in advance when you plan to arrive, so we can make arrangements to pick you up at the station. Do not expect us to be constantly online, this is a farm and we are not sitting in front of the computer all day long. There are even times, especially on weekends, when we are offline for a few days. But if we have confirmed a reservation, you can count on us 100%, just as we count on you.

Volunteers should speak decent English, i.e. be able to make conversation.

If you want to join us, be sure you are able to handle alcohol in a way that you can enjoy a glas of wine or beer or whatever. Be sure that you know how much you can handle and that you don't have an urge to get drunk. Our products are to be enjoyed and they are too good to just be poured in. Having drunks in the house who start arguments or even get violent is definitely no fun.

All we want is to have a good and relaxed time and fun.

If you plan your trip: the nearest airports are Frankfurt International or Stuttgart. Munich is possible, but a bit further away.

Please tell us a bit about your way of travelling and your travel plans. Where are you from, where are you now, from where will you be travelling to us and what are your plans after your stay with us. This way we can help you organize your trip and it shows us that you have read our profile to the end.

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