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iFarm Organic

Associaton Organic Way (Društvo EkoPot)

Jarenina, Slovenia

The application deadline has passed.

Project description

Are you interested to learn about local sustainability, self-sufficiency and organic farming in practice and theory? Do you like to spend your days doing meaningful work supporting interesting and innovative ideas and local projects in the field of organic farming? Then be a part of our team of the "Drustvo EkoPot" (Association Organic Way)! The association is a non-government non-profit organization with the aim to assist and help to evolve in all kinds on farm projects which include everything from day-to-day on a farm in the frame of locally sustainable projects like CSA (Community supported agriculture), a co-op project and direct marketing. You also gain insight into the running of a very active farm with more than 80% self-sufficiency, it is certified organic and biodynamic with vegetable, fruit and field crop production, processing of more than 100 products (bread, marmelade, canned vegetables etc.).

Accommodation, food and transport arrangements

The accomodation is in a house extension with two rooms and a bathroom for up to four volunteers (on site living). Appliancess which are needed (kitchen, washing machine, dryer, vaccum cleener, etc.) are located in the main house and can be used by everyone. We are 80% self sufficiant, other products are from local farmers or/and in organic quality. Jarenina (the vilage of the project) is connected by public transport (bus - 200 m distance) or train (3 km) to the second largest city in Slovenia (Maribor).

Training during the project

Empower volunteers with the knowledge and skills which promote life skills on the personal level (in vegetable, fruit, field crop production, processing and marketing). Active participation in initiatives like CSA (comunity supported agriculture), crowd funding (the first in Slovenia in the field of agriculture) and direct marketing work from the idea to the execution. More than 11 on-farm events and lectures (organic farming, sustainable building, water conservation, etc.) for more than 350 participants yearly.

Volunteer profile

We are looking for people (age 18 to 30) from the EU program countries who want to spend 8 months in a rural area of one of the most beautiful country sides in EU, are seeking for knowledge in theory and practical aspects of organic and biodynamic farming, food production, processing and alternative ways of farmer-customer connection for a more locally sustainable development. The most important is the interest in organic/biodynamic farming and the personal need for self discovery and empowerment through a life changing oppurtunity.

Placement dates

A total of 35 week(s) during the period 01/03/2019 to 01/11/2019

Placement location

Jareninski Dol 2, 2221 Jarenina

Looking for volunteers from

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey, United Kingdom

Placement topics

Environment and natural protection

Education and training

Placement deadline

Application deadline: 15/12/2018