Biodynamic Farm Ratzenbergli (Niedermuhlern BE)
Description: The farm Ratzenbergli is at 900 meters above sea level in the hills near Bern. The farm-community follows anthroposophical philosophy and produces under the Demeter label's high standards of biodynamic agriculture. Two families with young children and three adults with special needs live and work permanently on the farm.
Type of Work: We will transform a slope and enhance it with elements such as natural stones, wild plants and shrubs. It will contribute to the natural biodiversity of the farm. We are also planning the construction of a fountain. This will be done together with people with special needs and experts. There is also work helping in the vegetable garden, on the fields (haying), treating products from the farm (herbs, fruits and vegetables), cleaning and whitewashing of the stable and cooking with the community.
Study Theme: On the evening of your arrival, there will be a presentation of the project and an introduction of the people involved as well as the volunteers. If you are interested, you can learn more about bio-dynamic agriculture and working with people with disabilities. Last but not least, on 1st of August there will be a celebration of the Swiss National Holiday with a bonfire, food and songs from different nations (please bring recipes and songs from your home country).
Accommodation: In a separate building with a lounge, shower, toilet, sauna and a place to sleep in straw or alternatively in a tent if announced in advance. In the dining-room there is a place to cook. You will prepare & have breakfast and dinner yourselves. For lunch you'll help in cooking and eat together with people on the farm. Biologically cultivated food will be provided by the farm-community.
Language: Required language is English. All project people speak German and some English. The local language is Swiss-German.
Requirements: Have in mind that some manual work will be physically demanding. The work will also last 7 hours a day, 5 days a week.
Approximate Location: The farm is located in a remote place in the hills near Berne.
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