Farm helpers needed in Germany
Groß Düssel is a small farm community of currently 11 people who have recently moved to a farm in Haan Gruiten and are in the process of establishing a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. Their passion lies in regenerative agriculture and creating a place where people can connect with animals and nature. They have already renovated the residential building using ecological construction methods and are currently creating outdoor structures. There are around 350 chickens, 6 horses, pigs, goats, sheep, beehives, dogs, and cats as animal companions.
About the work exchange program
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We are seeking individuals who can support us by living and working with us for a period of time.
We offer diverse experiences, encounters, and accommodations in exchange for your labor. Björn has recently started our Market Garden project on about 500m² and in the greenhouse where he grows vegetables for 50 boxes and could use many helping hands. We also need help with caring for our animals, where Tjomme is very active and appreciates assistance. We are also currently developing our farm and are seeking creative individuals who want to work with us. We are currently establishing a CSA program, and starting in May, CSA members will have a weekly farm day where they can immerse themselves in farm life.
We envision not only sharing food with our members but also allowing them to become a part of our farm by offering educational farm experiences on these farm days. Ole, Inga, and Christina are excited to work on this and there is a lot for you to contribute and learn as well. We have a lot of experience in nature and farm-based education and would be happy to share it with you. Our horse area with our 4 Icelandic horses and two other horses may also be of interest to you.
We offer parent-child teams the opportunity to spend regular pony afternoons with us. Our horses are brought from the pasture to the farm every day and taken care of there. If you enjoy riding, there are many opportunities to join us on our rides. Even inexperienced riders can participate since we have very gentle animals. An experienced beekeeper has 15 beehives at our location and is happy to share his knowledge.
We will plan your work and free time individually. Although we live in a rural area, Düsseldorf, Wuppertal, Cologne, Essen, and many other cities are easily accessible by public transportation, so cultural activities are abundant. The younger part of our community (25 and 26 years old) also enjoys company in exploring Düsseldorf’s old town and other nearby attractions. In the warmer months, we often have communal campfires with singing or hearty barbecues with our farm products. There are plenty of leisure activities available here.
We ask that you spend at least one week with us, but we are especially excited about longer stays so that you can truly immerse yourself in our communal life and work.
What’s in it for You?
You will be accommodated in single or double rooms, and if it gets too crowded, we also have a cozy trailer on the farm. You will be part of our farm life. We have communal meals and breaks every day, and every morning we have a meeting to plan the day’s work. We also enjoy socializing, and all of your inspirations are welcome. We take turns cooking meals and would appreciate your participation, or even taking charge of your own cooking day.
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