Organic Farming at Camphill Community I
Description: The workcamp takes place in the village of Ceske Kopisty in cooperation with the local Free Farm which is part of the Camphill Community.This family-like community provides space both for people with special needs and for those without disability to work and live together. The inhabitants can develop their skills in agriculture, textile and beeswax candles making. The farm grows mainly vegetables and herbs in ecological way. They promote the importance of biodynamic agriculture and the role of a farmer in today’s world. They take care of the countryside as a whole – together with the farm,it’s a living organism. The farm is an NGO but while selling the products they try to develop relations with other farmers and with individual customers using the concept of “community based agriculture".
Type of Work: The organic farm is very dependent on manual work and it would be impossible to maintain the agricultural project without the voluntary work. Firstly, you will be helping on the organic farm - weeding, planting, digging up, harvesting, cleaning, storing, watering, treating of herbs, etc. The work is done outdoors and is usually physically demanding. Secondly, the house and its surroundings are still being renovated so some minor construction and renovation works can be done depending on current needs. Bring good working clothes, solid shoes, a hat and a raincoat.
Study Theme: Lectures about the Camphill movement, Steiner´s anthroposophy, living in a community, biodynamic agriculture, about Czech and other cultures. It will be also possible to organize workshops such as making beeswax candles, eurythmy and intuitive pedagogy. If you are interested in organizing international evening to exchange about each other’s cuisines and nationalities, there will be space for it. Bring your favourite recipes and some specific ingredients.
Accommodation: In 1 attic room on mattresses. Bring a sleeping bag! A common room, 2 showers with hot water and 2 toilets are available. Products for cooking will be provided and will include bio vegetables from the farm (vegetarian diet is possible). You will prepare breakfasts and dinners on your own, lunches will be shared with all the members of the community.
Requirements: The workcamp is suitable for people who are interested in farming and learning about the community. As you will stay in the place for people with mental disabilities, there are certain rules: smoking and consumption of alcohol within the community area are restricted and it is necessary to respect the privacy and night rest of the inhabitants. Be aware that some inhabitants don’t speak English.
Approximate Location: Ceske Kopisty – a small village near the historical town of Litomerice. The farm is on 11 ha of fields; there is a garden and a yard with a couple of animals (cow, horse, hens, ducks, pigs).The area is quite vast – there are 3 houses for living,workshops and a common hall. There are 6 adults,6 children and 8 people with special needs living there.You might meet around 20 other external co-workers.
Notes: Leisure time: Barbecue with the members of the community, playing football and visiting the local pub, swimming in the river, visiting the nearby Terezin Memorial at the location of the former concentration camp for Jews – the Terezin Ghetto, going for trips to the nature protected area of Ceske Stredohori (cities of Litomerice, Usti nad Labem, castles, nature).
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