Gipsgrueb Cooperative (Ehrendingen AG)
Description: The cooperative "Gipsgrueb" is situated outside the village of Ehrendingen, in a small calm valley at the foot of the last mountain of the Jura-range. The over-100-years-old buildings of a former cement factory were left unattended for many years. Since the taking-over by the cooperative „Gipsgrueb“ in 1982 a garden and a farm have been built up on the agricultural land. The total area cared by the cooperative was about 14 ha consisting mainly of extensive pastures and meadows, woods and ponds. The cooperative also runs a workshop for solar panels. The latter are used to produce hot water from spring to autumn. In winter, a central heating produces thermal energy by burning the cooperative’s own wood. In addition, wells on the land owned by the cooperative provide fresh water.
Type of Work: You will work 2 x 5 days helping the cooperative in the organic garden, maintaining stone walls and a pond.
Study Theme: You will have a 2-hour session, where you will learn more about the project of the cooperative Gipsgrueb.
Accommodation: You will enjoy your sleep in the loft of the barn or in tents. Please, bring your sleeping bags. The accommodation is quite simple. It has two showers (one solar shower outside and a usual one inside) and a common room. The group will cook by itself, so bring some good cooking recipes. WiFi is available.
Language: The camp required language is English. The people in the project speak German and English. The local language is Swiss German.
Approximate Location: From Baden which is a little town between Basel and Zurich it is about 7 km to Ehrendingen.
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