Offcompany

Offcompany Farm
Contact person: 
Fukiko Kano
Languages spoken on the farm: 
English, Czech, Japanese.
Description of the area: 
We are located at the border of Munții Almăjului mountains by large beech forests spreading far to the South. The Czech village we live in is an isolated village on a hill top in an altitude of 600 m. There are pastures, orchards and fields in front of us and forest in the back.
What do you grow on the farm: 
Vegetables, fruits, grains. Very little house and animal stable without electricity. We live "in the middle of nowhere" two kilometers far from the Czech village and 6 and 4 km far from nearest Romanian villages with equipped shops. We carry water by hand and we have no bathroom. We wash ourselves and do the laundry in a bucket or in an outside bath heated by fire. The electricity supply is limited to a small solar panel for charging internet connected tablet. We have no vehicles apart from bicycles and no bigger machines apart from a chainsaw. We don't own the house and land we live in, we use it through relationships locals. In our farm we focus mainly on growing inner freedom, respect for life and self-awareness. Things like ecology, self-sufficiency and keeping distance from modern political-economical system are mere paths formed by these values and qualities rather than our goals. And it is the growth of these qualities inside of us that makes us happy and satisfied in life rather than development of space and social prestige. We do a lot of compromises in our life style but we try to keep our daily activities within these flexible limits: Minimum of waste Minimum of artificial chemicals Minimum of machines Minimum of money Minimum of nonlocal products Minimum of ownership
Farm size: 
About 1 or 2 ha.
Months when they accept voulteers: 
All year.
Volunteer activities: 
Gardening, cleaning land,constructions, household works, baby sitting.
Accommodation: 
Caravan or big tent.
Diet: 
Mostly vegetarian.
A few words about the family: 
Young couple with two years old child.
Pets: 
Cats.