Mountain Farm Loasa Cooperative (Bruzella TI)
Description: Alpe Loasa is a full-year organic mountain farm in southern Switzerland, at the italian border. The farm is remote from cities or villages, accessible only by walking / horse riding, with frugal accommodation. In 2015, a part of a wall sustaining the terrace on which the house is built, slid down the valley. We need to rebuild the wall with simple tools in cooperative work.
Type of Work: Rebuilding a wall from natural stones with stone baskets in steep area. Around 8 volunteers will work on that. Another group will prepare mainly vegetarian food on the firewood stove (local vegetables and dairy products available from the farmer; the rest will be brought by horse or donkey from the valley). Yet another group can help the farmer Uta in hay harvesting. Work tasks can be rotated among volunteers and need to be planned spontaneously according to the weather conditions. Due to the heat work starts early and there is a long siesta after lunch.
Study Theme: We can talk about subsistence farming and traditional construction methods under mountainous conditions (the duration of the talk depends on the interest of the participants).
Accommodation: Simple accommodation in a dormitory - bring your own sleeping bag (mattresses, woolen blankets and pillows are available). Compost toilet, running cold but not hot water in the house, outdoor shower in the nearby forest with cold water only ~10 C°+. Hand washing clothes with hot water from the wood stove is possible. No internet & cell phone coverage. Landline phone available for emergencies.
Language: Required camp language is English. Work instructions in basic English would be provided and the camp coordinator will help translating further details to the volunteers. People on the farm speak mainly German, so knowing this language will help you communicate with them better. The local language is Italian.
Requirements: You should be able to appreciate a simple, frugal life in a community. A good physical condition is necessary. You'll also need to bring robust boots, working clothes & gloves, sun protection.
In return of the work and the remoteness of the site, we offer an intense community experience.
Notes: Due to the physically demanding nature of the work on the farm and its unusual terrain (hill slope angle of nearly 45°) we limit the upper age for volunteers to 60 years.
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27 Jul 2017 - 04 Aug 2017
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