All Year: No
Area (ha): 5
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 90093
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Last Updated: May 21, 2019
Vrchovina, Organic Lavender and permaculture farm
We, a couple in their forties and our 4 year old son, are setting up an organic lavender farm, as well as our permaculture garden and food forest. Soon we will get our first animals – chickens (arrived), sheep, goats (just arrived, middle of april) and dogs.
Our farm has 5 hectares, we will be renting another one or two hectares. Our farm is located in central Slovakia, the nearest village is called Detvianska Huta.
I am Austrian, my wife is Slovakian. We can communicate in German, Slovakian, English, Polish, Russian, Czech, and a little French. Our area is quite remote, the closest bus stop is 4 km away. We are also quite high, 900m above the sea on a hilltop with lots of beautiful views.
Even in July, temperatures never rise over 27°C during the day. It is a very sunny place surrounded by meadows, fields, and forests. Nature around us is stunning, the wildlife plentiful and around us grow many medical and culinary wild herbs.
Be aware, it is pretty remote area, no bars, discos or shops beside a tiny grocer in the village. A great place to unwind and find peace.
The area is great for hiking, cycling, mushroom hunting, and wildlife observation.
Some of the projects you can join us in this year:
Vastly expanding the fruit forest
Constructing a greenhouse (maybe a walipini?), chicken tractors, beehives
Turning more overgrown land into useable land
Creating a pond
Finishing the reconstruction of our barn (part summer kitchen, part storage/herb dryer, part workshop)
Planting organic herb crops- chamomile, marigold, fennel, more lavender (we planted 2000 specimen last autumn)
Creating garden paths
Creating a gravel road
Who we are looking for? Singles or couples who are reliable, friendly and uncomplicated as we are. You have to be over 18!
If you are fine with manual work and would like to experience a farm coming to life, this might be something for you. We would like your help for about 5-6 hours per day.
Best would be if you can stay two weeks or more, up to three months between May and October. We can arrange the days off as it suits you.
We can pick you up either at the closest local bus or train station, or we can collect you in Banska Bystrica, a big city with an airport and int. bus lines.
We provide three meals a day, at least one warm. We expect you tidy up behind you. Depending on your month of arrival, we can provide accommodation either in our temporary flat in the guestroom, in a guesthouse really close by (which we are going to pay for), or in our new house in the guestroom. You can also camp on our property, if you prefer. Even though we are remote, we provide free WiFi.
As we do not drink or consume any drugs, we would like to meet people of a similar mind-set. If you smoke, that is ok as long as you don’t do it indoors.
We are willing to share everything we know and would be happy to learn anything you can teach us. We are looking forward to hear from you!