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Area (ha): 12
Persons: 1 - 6
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 21499
Country: Croatia

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Last Updated: May 21, 2020

Our place is a permaculture family homestead on the top of a hill in inland Croatia. We live a simple, healthy, holistic lifestyle as practical realists. We like to create a sustainable habitat by following nature's patterns.
We use permaculture principles to develop our terrain and our life. We care for the earth, for the people around us, for the future and we like to share our abundance with you.

Chefs, carpenters and people with their Permaculture Design Course certificate (PDC) are extra welcome!

Volunteering at Bogata Suma is like having a permaculture retreat. You can learn about land based and social permaculture, designing for 12 hectares and smaller projects, and applying social permaculture. You can work on your own designs or make a personal permaculture design to improve your life, while being on a beautiful permaculture homestead.

We live a simple, mostly self sufficient life off the land. We love to prepare delicious dishes with ingredients from the garden and our stable. We like to make our own (sourdough) bread, crackers, cookies, fruit wines, jams, syrups, sauerkraut, yogurt, mayonnaise, kimchi & kefir.
We collect various (medicinal) herbs for tea, tinctures and oils, cosmetic products, cleaning products and for the kitchen.

We live with quite some animals: 4 cats (mouse & squirrel catchers), 2dogs (for fun and to guard the other animals), various amounts of rabbits (lawn mowers, for manure and meat) and chickens (compost turners, bug hunters, for eggs & meat), bees (but we are newbie beekeepers) and soon also turkeys, goats and sheep (terrain cleaners for milk, wool and meat). And Barbara wants a peacock.

The homestead is slowly turning into a permaculture farm where people can camp for a peaceful holiday in nature.

Here you can learn what permaculture is, how we apply permaculture ethics and principles on the land and in our lives, and how you can use it in your life.
You can see how we observed our land and our life, thought of solutions for our needs, put a design on paper and how thisis implemented on the terrain and in our lives.

You can help us (4-5 hours per day, 5 days a week) with the garden, with cleaning parts of the terrain, making the camp site more beautiful and turning the terrain into an edible landscape. The animals need fences, the paths need wood chips mulch, we can do some pruning, taking care of the (polyculture, no dig) garden, composting and mulching with various methods, foraging herbs and mushrooms, and you can help us with everyday tasks. Like making jam, drying fruits, collecting seeds, hunting bugs...

You stay for at least 3 weeks to be part of our life and get a good overview of all aspects of a fulfilling, sustainable life in the countryside.
You need a certain amount of independence, curiosity, flexibility and fun and don't mind dirty hands, curious cats and noisy kids :-)
If you eat vegan or your main motivation is consuming travelling and to have a cheap place to stay, please do not apply.

Please write a personal message (to Peter and Barbara) about you, what you want to learn, why, what we can learn from you, your skills and your dream future, so we can setup a good stay for you.
We get more than 400 requests a year so you need to make it a PERSONAL message with your motivation!

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